In Memory

John Cardiel

John Cardiel

John Joseph Cardiel 
Cupertino, CA
October 19, 1949 - November 6, 2015

John Cardiel was welcomed into Heaven on November 6, 2015, ending a valiant battle with cancer. Survived by loving wife, Margaret; children: Jennifer, John Jr., and Joseph; granddaughter Ava; dear mother, Nellie; siblings Anna Dearlove and Alan; loving in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and a multitude of devoted friends. Pre-deceased by his father, Joseph; beloved son Justin; brothers Andy and Paul; and mother-in-law Jean Ramsay.
A U.S. Marine, John was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service in the Vietnam War. 
John had a charismatic personality and excelled in his sales career. He was also a restauranteur, opening the Drying Shed with his brother-in-law, Ed Ramsay. An avid golfer and sports enthusiast, John loved the Giants and the 49ers. John be greatly missed by all who loved him.

Services will commence on November 11, at Lima, 466 N Winchester, Santa Clara. Visitation 6-9 p.m., Rosary at 7 p.m.
Funeral mass on Thurs, Nov 12 at 11 a.m at St Justin's, 2655 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara.
Private Interment at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery on Monday, 1 p.m, November 16, 2016.

Contributions in John's memory can be made to St Jude's Children's Hospital.

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12/03/15 07:43 AM #1    

Ken Neven

I go back to the Orchard Gardens days with Johnny. I'm sadden to hear about his passing away.I hope he didn't suffer to much, I'll never forget you. Kenny as you called me.

12/04/15 10:30 AM #2    

Faye Steadman

My heart felt sympathy goes to John's family. John was such a great, funny person, we laughed a lot on many school days!  Warmest regards, Faye Steadman (Caldwell).





12/04/15 01:05 PM #3    

Malcolm High

John and I knew of each other in high school but it wasn't until he got hired by PGE that we become close friends. So much can be said about John that it would take many pages but if I had to use one paragraph it would be this.

John Cardiel had the biggest heart of anyone I have ever known. He had it for his country. He had it for his family. He had it for his friends. He used his unique sense of humor to make friends easily and charm customers at wherever he worked. If he wasn't good at something he worked harder than anyone to get better. Be it softball, golf, ping pong, basketball, you name it. If he kidded you that meant he cared for you. If someone crossed you in life then that person crossed John. Fiercely loyal to all that he cared for. Parts of his life were a bit rough and tumble. But it just made him stronger and wiser. I visited John a few times during his last months and he was so proud to show me his medals and commendations for his time spent for his country in a war that was very devisive. He and his best friend Louie joined the Marines together soon after graduation from SHS and stayed best friends their entire life. I will miss John and his jokes and stories but will think of him fondly whenever his name arises..Semper Fi John Cardiel...

12/04/15 01:29 PM #4    

Richard DeLaCruz




Rest in peace my brother....too many good HS memories.




12/04/15 06:39 PM #5    

Jean Ford (McDonald)

John will always be remembered for his kind spirit and quick smile.  To all who've traveled this path with him, my heartfelt condolences.  Jean

12/05/15 11:14 PM #6    

George Martin (Martin)

Malcolm, thanks for the fine tribute to John.  I look back at Bishop 6th grade pictures and there John and I are on the same page.  I'm happy that we shared some time here, rest in peace John. 

12/06/15 10:58 AM #7    

Frank Guiterrez

I have not been on site for sometime and just found out about Johnny '' O '' ! I wish someone ,anyone would of said something to me .  Johnny and I go back for ever . We did so much together and got away with to much sometimes . John was the meaning of fun but most of all the meaning of a friend . That is way I feel so bad to have miss John's funeral  because I did love John . We will all miss him but we will all remember  me.

12/07/15 08:15 AM #8    

Kathy Stammer (Chole)

I saw Johnny (always called him Johnny) a few months back at "Pinkys Nails".  He and son John (and me too) were getting a pedicure.  I go there regularly, but never bumped into Johnny until this time.  We had a nice catchup time.  Although he was in considerable he was the same Johnny.  Always up beat and genuine.

Johnny used to work with my mom as a busboy at The Brass Rail when she was a waitress there.  They both remembered those days.  Now Johnny can bus a few more tables with my mom supervising.

12/07/15 09:45 AM #9    

Robert Anaya

I agree with George Martin. Malcolm's tribute to John was beautifully written. Malcolm's camera has given us many vivid images, but his words have blessed us with the most poignant image of all.

08/23/16 10:28 PM #10    

Steven Polendey (Single)

I knew Johnny well, he had a cool way about himself. We went 2 parties in Lakewood, good times. I remember John managing The Brass Rail. I lived close to John in Cupertino after High School. Sad to hear of his passing.


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