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Emil James Calderone

April 10, 2019
Emil James Calderone
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It is with great sadness that we announce that our loving father, Emil "Cal" Calderone, passed away quietly in his sleep on the morning of April 10, 2019. He was 84 years young. He rejoins his wife, Bobbi, who preceded him in death by nearly five years. He is survived by his six children, fourteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren with another on the way; two siblings of his own, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews as well as a host of his cherished friends.

Born to Italian immigrants in Paterson, New Jersey, he attended Eastside High where he excelled in track and journalism. He would often remind us that he "never lost a race". He proudly and honorably served his country with the United States Navy during the Korean War Era. He learned the electronics trade at DeVry in Chicago. He met his future wife, Bobbi while visiting Milwaukee to watch a Green Bay Packers game. Their marriage and football fandom lasted a lifetime. The fledgling family moved to Arizona in 1965 where he began his career in the aerospace industry with Sperry Flight Systems (later Honeywell). He earned his B.S. Degree from ASU while working and raising a family to advance his position to Quality Engineer. After a distinguished career that took him to nearly every state in the US and raising his family, he & Bobbi retired to Prescott, Arizona from which they actively traveled, enjoyed the climate, nature, and community. They hosted many a visit from their family and friends. In their travels, they kept the extended family closer. To quote his nephew’s wife, "[he] was a cherished member of the family and a great hugger... We always enjoyed his jokes, his music, and his embellished stories".

In addition to the Packers and travel, he loved music and not only taught many of his children to play the guitar but also passed along our earliest musical influences. Although he suffered from dementia in the last year of his life, he retained his passion for music. His greatest joy was listening and adding harmonies to live songs. He was, indeed, "The Leader of the Band”

Fare Thee Well, Dad.

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Services are private.

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Alzheimer’s Association

1028 E McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85006

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