Robert V. Giusti
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Robert V. Giusti
  • May 30, 1930 - May 19, 2017
  • Novato, California

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On May 19, 2017 the great heart of Robert Vincent Giusti stopped beating.

Bob was born in San Francisco after both of his parents emigrated from Tuscany, Italy. His Father, Sebastiano Giusti, was a general contractor who helped rebuild San Francisco after the earthquake of 1906. His maternal Grandfather, Giulio Stradi, was a founder of the San Francisco Opera Company.

Bob attended St. Vincent de Paul Grammar School and St. Ignatius College Preparatory. Before completing undergraduate studies in accounting at the University of San Francisco, Bob was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. While teaching at Fort Lee, Virginia, Bob met Nonie Ganakis and they quickly fell in love. They were married on September 13, 1953 and settled in San Francisco. Bob and Nonie joined the family travel business, Dana Giusti and Paoni Travel Agency, which was founded in 1942 by Bob's Mother Lola Giusti, Aunt Louise Dana and Amadeo Paoni. Bob and Nonie later merged the travel agency with Fugazi Travel to become Fugazi Dana Giusti, and together with their new partners George Lippi and Giuseppe Bagnatori organized wonderful adventures for many San Franciscans over the years.

Bob retired from the travel business in 1985, and entered a new phase of life as a rice rancher and Wise Elder. In this latter capacity he was an active and successful member of Alcoholics Anonymous, and served as a sponsor and mentor. Bob derived great satisfaction from these roles, and his family is very proud that he touched the lives of many people. Bob had struggles with colon and pancreatic cancers, and succumbed after receiving support from family, friends and Hospice.

Bob is survived by his devoted wife Nonie, his daughter Lola (Bud), son Robert S. Giusti (Wendy Giusti), four grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Bob was a master storyteller and an avid outdoorsman who loved including family and friends in his adventures in Africa, Alaska, and Northern California. He always had an engaging story or funny joke at the ready, and was quick to share kind and supportive words with everyone he met. We will miss his generous spirit and infectious enthusiasm, and we are very grateful for his ongoing presence in our lives.

A family service has been held in accordance with his wishes. Should friends desire, donations may be made to Hospice By The Bay, 17 E. Saint Francis Drake Blvd., Larkspur, CA 94939.


Arrangements under the direction of Keaton's Redwood Chapel of Marin, Novato, CA.