Attilio Harold "Hal" Cenedella, who operated the real estate company, Cenedella & Co. Inc. in Menlo Park from 1969 to 1995, died peacefully at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia, on July 18. He was 89.
Mr. Cenedella was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, and moved to California with his family at age 10. He attended Berkeley High School and graduated from UC Berkeley.
He joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served in the Pacific on the USS Vestal during World War II. After the war, he attended Hastings College of Law in San Francisco.
As a young man, he had many jobs, starting in high school delivering newspapers in Berkeley and waiting on tables at the Jolly Roger at the San Francisco World's Fair on Treasure Island in 1939.
After the war, he co-founded Rancho Cenedella and operated a dairy farm in Marysville with his brother for 10 years.
The Cenedellas lived in Los Trancos Woods, in Portola Valley, for 23 years. Locally, he began his real estate career working for August Associates. He later founded his own company, Cenedella & Co. Inc.
Mr. Cenedella sold many rural San Mateo County properties and at one time had a branch in La Honda, according to his wife, Virginia. He expanded his real estate company and opened a branch in Charlottesville, as well as his investment companies, Cenedella-Burns Investment Co. and Virpac Associates.
In 1995 he moved to Charlottesville to manage his real estate investments of houses and office buildings, retiring in 2001 at the age of 80.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Burns Cenedella of Charlottesville; son Arn Harold Cenedella of San Carlos; brother Robert Cenedella; and two grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents, Attilio and Rosina Cenedella; an infant son, Bart; and son Brant William.
At his request, there will be no funeral service. A memorial will be announced later.
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