(3 September 1940 - 5 March 2011)
Pino Golja was
born in Sveti Martin near Labin / Albona, and lived for many
years in the
northern California wine country that is north of San Francisco.
He recently retired from his job as a high tech "slave" during the week,
but he remained an active and dynamic "gentleman rancher"
We recently lost
this dear friend to brain cancer which took him away quickly. Mere words do
not do justice to this gentle, loving, sensitive and generous man
who has been a central figure in our project. The loss to
Cheryl, his beloved wife, is our loss; and the loss to his extended Istrian
family loss is
universally felt. For Marisa Ciceran, who heads our internet
project, he became like a brother, while learning years later
that his two biological sisters actually shared her given name
Maria Luisa (Marisa), and her Confirmation name Gina. Our
deepest sympathies goes the entire family who survives him.
In the above 2004
photograph he and his dog Anja [who passed away in 2007] are sitting on a rock at a
spectacular beach near Bodega Bay where Alfred Hitchcock filmed “The Birds”.
This is also the place where Pino collected mussels every year
from November through April when
they were in season.
See the larger
panoramic view from which
this photo was taken. See also: