Edward U. Bevilacqua Sr. ’49 was born in Niagara Falls in 1928. His family moved to the Bay Area when he was 2 years old. He relocated to San Diego in 1980 and Las Vegas in 1992; eventually choosing Henderson, Nevada, as his home. Edward graduated from SCU, studied at Hastings Law School in San Francisco, proudly served in the Navy as an aviation cadet during the Korean War, was a member of the Board of Regents of Santa Clara University for 12 years, was founding director and later president of First State Bank of Northern California, was a member of the California Real Estate Commission, and was president of National Little League in Pleasanton. He was also founding director of the Bronco Bench at SCU, founding president of the Buon Tempo Italian American Club in the Bay Area, chairman and director of the Augustus Society in Las Vegas and the La Voce Publishing Co., and was president of many national and international HOAs. He was a licensed general contractor, pipeline contractor, real estate broker, and fire/casualty and life insurance agent. His accomplishments included conducting a 200-piece symphonic band at age 17, a scholarship to Julliard School of Music, an award from the president of Italy for his contribution to Boys Town of Italy. He earned a special citation for the best use of air space from the California Department of Transportation. Edward loved his Central Italian heritage, family dinners, making his remarkable pasta, and zucchini, especially for the holidays. He looked forward to trips to Italy, including Abruzzo, and his home in Mexico. When he wasn’t traveling or working on real estate projects, he could be found watching sports and especially the Fox business channel. He always looked forward to his weekly movies and dining at new restaurants. Edward never retired, until recently working full time on multitenant residential real estate projects for Joe Kramer in Reno. Edward was a true Renaissance man and one to be emulated. Loved and respected, he had a keen mind and was quick with a clever joke or anecdote. He died peacefully surrounded by members of his family on June 24, 2019, at his home in Henderson. He was 91. Ed was preceded in death by his father, Ulisse, and his mother, Lucia Spadorcio Bevilacqua. He is survived by his loving wife, Colleen Ann; his extended family of six children, one of whom is Edward Bevilacqua ’79; 17 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters; one brother; one sister-in-law; and a large and growing number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

23 Aug 2019