Clifford Anthony Crivello – Sergeant, United States Army

Clifford Anthony Crivello, 71, of Salinas died peacefully Wednesday, February 1, 2006, at his home of 25 years in his bed next to his lifelong companion, his wife, Margit.

Anthony was born March 9, 1934, in Pepeekeo, Hawaii, and was baptized on March 28, 1934, in the Church of the Good Shepherd in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Anthony, as one would expect, had a few careers, all of which he fully committed himself to and took great pride in being part of the service or product that was produced as a result of his efforts. The occupation that most defined and shaped him was his 21 years in the United States Army. He would have been the first to tell you that he entered as a boy and his experiences serving his country, whether in Korea and Vietnam during times of war or his tours of duty in Germany, groomed him to be the man that we all knew, respected and loved.

Upon retiring from the Army in June 1974, he worked the next 12 years as a professional businessman helping people with their financial problems through personal and business insurance and insurance estate planning. It was through this venture that Anthony established a professional and personal relationship with New York Life Insurance.

Always looking to improve himself, Anthony made time between work and caring for his family to be awarded his Associate of Arts degree in Business from Monterey Peninsula College. Always a modest man, he would downplay his many achievements as if they were insignificant, but anyone who ever worked with him was quick to rain praise on not only his work ethic but his willingness to be a team player who never looked for personal glory or recognition – whatever it took to accomplish a job, he would be willing to do.

Survivors: Anthony is survived by his wife of 49 years, Margit Crivello; son, Clifford Peter Crivello and his wife, Bambi Crivello; and only grandson Clifford Ian Crivello. The youngest of seven children, he is survived by his brothers, Stanley and Peter; and sisters, Margaret, Irene, Blanche and Violet. It would be remiss not to say that he is also survived not by bloodline, but by 11 years of love, nurturing and consideration as if she were his daughter, Brittany Wallace.

Final thoughts: Anthony Crivello will not be remembered for any one significant act, not for any “15 minutes of fame,” but instead for his lifelong selfless contribution of compassion and warmth toward everyone he met. Those of you who had the privilege to meet him: Do remember it was never about him but always about his biggest pride, his family. And it is that family that he would tell you is his biggest legacy – and, as such, it is for us to remember him playing his ukulele, singing and smiling, and be as selfless, giving and caring to our neighbors as he was.

Visitation: 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006, at Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel, 41 W. San Luis St., Salinas.

Services: Burial in Arlington National Cemetery.

DATE OF BIRTH: 03/09/1934
DATE OF DEATH: 02/01/2006

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