Joseph D'Amato

Joseph Victor D'Amato

Tuesday, September 13th, 1955 - Tuesday, September 1st, 2020
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Chris T. Nuno

Posted at 01:52pm
Is one of my best friends! It is hard to believe he is gone. I was looking forward to growing old with Joe to be there to go eat at the Pantry and make me laugh! Joe was always frugal but extremely generous with me. He always footed the bill for our large Pantry Breakfasts and never hesitated to pick me up at the San Diego Train station when visiting him and our pal Tim Kelly You could talk to Joe about anything and he was none judgmental and always gave good advice. I met Joe during freshmen football at St Bernard's in Playa Del Rey and we were lifelong friends. Joe, Tim Kelly, Andy Gavel and I would golf in High School and College at the bargain basement Inglewood Golf Course. When I started USC Joe was already there and he was a big help in getting acclimated. After he left Warehauser to pursue teaching he got stuck up in the Mojave Dessert at a place he hated. My mother along with Tim's Mom Mrs. Kelly always prayed for Joe and sure enough Moms novena worked and Joe got the job he wanted in San Diego at the Junior College. When another friend of mine couldn't meet me in Europe, Joe stepped up to bat and we went to the Netherlands , France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and back to the Netherlands. How a person that spoke no other languages than English was able to get us on the right train I will never know. Joe spent the trip chasing women when we would meet them and ordering Tortellini with butter and olive oil. Who else could get a bar in the Netherlands on the side of a cannel to prepare such a dish! Joe Married and he and his ex wife Cathy always had my Wife Emma and my two Children David and Christa over at the house and provided us with lodging. Joe was not fond of kids but he was good to mine! Joe I still have that Tortellini in the Freezer waiting for you but you never quite made another trip up to San Gabriel. The Nuno Family was so happy with your visit for Easter in 2019 and I think you enjoyed it too! The cloistered Carmelite Nuns where praying for you and still are. I am sure the Lord will reward you for all your acts of Charity in helping Tim and Jackie and someday we will all be sitting by a canal in Heaven eating Tortellini with butter and olive oil.

Love you Joe!
Chris Nuno and the entire Nuno Family

Tim Kelley

Posted at 01:14am
My family (the Kelley’s) and Jackie’s family (the Castanon’s) would like to extend our sincere condolences to the D’Amato family on the loss of your brother, Joe. We are so sorry John, Jeannie, and Victoria for the loss of your brother. And we also offer our condolences to Joe’s nieces and nephews.

We always enjoyed having Joe over for dinners at the Kelley and the Castanon families. Joe was over at the Castanon’s for Christmas dinner eight months ago and we remember his wonderful laugh as we all shared stories around the dinner table.

I met Joe in 1969 when we both played on the Freshmen Football team at St. Bernard’s High School. Years later, Joe was my best man when my wife, Jackie, and I got married. Jackie and I have so many great memories with Joe over the years. We will miss him greatly.

Joe was a very giving person. He would get up at any hour to take me to one of the many surgeries I had over the last decade. Joe had a warm smile and a terrific sense of humor. He was a good man and a wonderful friend. Rest in Peace, Joe.

Tim and Jackie Kelley


Annie zuckerman

Posted at 06:05pm
I will truly miss my friend. He was constantly trying to get me to act in his films, but I always refused. I’ll be the first to admit I have no talent for it. I did, however, help him edit his Dragon Lady scripts for him working in the background. He was kind, considerate and generous to a fault. I will sorely miss him.

mary sessom

Posted at 01:47pm
I wish I could have shared with Joe the premier of his last movie. It was fun filming it with him. It would have been fun watching it with the writer, director, producer, and star. I will greatly miss our college football conversations. Go 'Horns. Go Trojans. Mary

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