James L. Tassano obituary

2/1/1994 in Tracy Press

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday morning in Stockton for James L. "Jim" Tassano, 87, former merchant and real estate agent in Tracy.

He died Sunday in a Stockton hospital following a long illness.

A native of Stockton, Mr. Tassano was employed by Bank of America for 18 years. He came to Tracy in 1941 to be assistant cashier at the local Bank of America branch.

In 1944, he purchased Quality Market at the southwest corner of Seventh Street and Central Avenue. Two years later, he was joined by his brother, John Tassano, in the business.

In the mid-1950s, Mr. Tassano sold real estate for S. J. Fredrichs & Sons, specializing in the sale of the "flat top" homes east of East Street and north of Acacia Street. In the late 1950s, he and his brother purchased a liquor store on Central Avenue between Sixth and Seventh streets.

In 1964, they opened a second store in the Tracy Shopping Center at East Street and Grant Line Road. They later closed the Central Avenue store.

Mr. Tassano sold his interest in the liquor store to his brother in 1975 and retired. He moved to Stockton three years later.

In Stockton, Mr. Tassano was active in the Senior Citizens Club, the Moose and Elks Lodges, the Italian Athletic Club, SIRS Club No. 86. He enjoyed fishing, ballroom dancing, and bowling.

Survivors include a daughter, Sheila Johnson of Pleasanton; four brothers, John Tassano of Manteca, and Tony Tassano, Bill Tassano, and Fred Tassano, all of Stockton; four sisters, Mary D. Jones, Elena Costrini, Elsie Happell, and Mae Dellamondola, all of Stockton; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Mr. Tassano was preceded in death by his wife, Hattie Tassano, who died in 1982, and a daughter, Irene Menietti, who died in 1992.