Feb. 9, 1936-July 22, 2023
Thomas Anthony Dominic “to-be-Joseph” Lembo was born a twin in Denver Colorado on Feb 9, 1936. His ambitious Italian parents Philander and Angeline moved their family of five to Oakland, Ca, to pursue the bakery business.
“Tommy” grew up in the Bay Area learning the bakery trade. He successfully opened and managed 13 popular Adeline Bakeshops in the city of San Francisco. Tom was friendly and outgoing. He was an early riser and greeted everyone with a smile by name. No one was a stranger. He would often say, “you will have many friends if you greet everyone you pass with a smile.”
He was an avid 49ers fan, loved tennis and had a strong Catholic faith.
After he retired, Tom and his wife of 53 years, Diane, opened the popular Danville restaurant called Lotsa Pasta. As a fun local eatery and meeting place, they employed many high school students who fondly remember Lotsa Pasta as their first job. Many friends remember it as the place “everyone knows your name” and said Tom was “one of a kind” and frequently would have his customers' orders on the ready before they even parked their car.
Tom is survived by his wife Diane and his five children Leslie Lembo of Santa Barbara, Christine Flitter of Moraga, Nathan Lembo of Santa Cruz, Catrina DeMartini of Novato, and Robert Lembo of Santa Monica. And by his grandchildren, Jack Flitter, Audrey Flitter, Nick DeMartini and Brooklyn Lembo.
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