It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Joseph La Fata, a beloved patriarch, and
pillar of strength for his family. He peacefully departed this world at his home on January 9, 2024,
surrounded by the love of his devoted family.
Joseph was born on April 21, 1938, in the picturesque town of Carini, Italy, to Joseph and Anna La Fata.
In 1955, seeking new opportunities and adventures, he made the courageous journey to New York,
settled in St. Louis, Missouri, and then moved to San Diego, California, where he would establish deep
As the cornerstone of his family, Joseph leaves behind a legacy of deep faith, love, wisdom, and
resilience. He is survived by his cherished wife, Frances La Fata (Randazzo), with whom he shared 59
wonderful years of married life. His memory will be carried forward by his sons Joe (Lorie) and Faro, and
the joy he found in being an amazing Nonno to Joseph, John, Faro (Haley), Dominic, and Noah. The
laughter of his great-grandchildren Meadow, Lennon, and Collins will forever echo the warmth he
brought to their lives. He also leaves behind his sister Rina Russo, brother Carmen La Fata, many nieces
and nephews, and the entire Randazzo family, all of whom he loved dearly.
Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Anna La Fata, his beloved daughter Anna
Christine La Fata, his sister and brother-in-law Rosalie and Jasper Passalacqua, and brother-in-law Nino
Russo. Though his heart bore the weight of loss, it also embraced the beauty of enduring love and
cherished memories as he would want us to do now.
Professionally, Joseph excelled as a custom tailor, owning and operating California Tailor’s Traditional
Clothing in San Diego. His skilled craftsmanship and dedication to his trade earned him the admiration
and respect of a wide circle of friends and patrons. He leaves behind a legacy of hard work and an
unwavering commitment to excellence.
Joseph had an innate passion for cultivating life in all its forms, from the meticulous care he poured into
his garden to the artistry he exhibited in his wine-making endeavors. His green thumb and the fruits of
his labor were shared generously with family and friends, creating a haven of warmth and abundance.
A true family man, Joseph's greatest joy was found in the company of his loved ones. Whether gathered
around the dinner table, celebrating milestones, playing cards, or simply enjoying the beauty of a quiet
evening, his presence brought comfort and joy to those lucky enough to share in those moments.
The family extends heartfelt gratitude to Sharp Hospice. Their support provided not only comfort to
Joseph but also solace to the family during this challenging time.
A mass in honor of Joseph La Fata will be held on January 19, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. at Holy Cross, 4470
Hilltop Drive, San Diego, CA 92102. All who wish to pay their respects are welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to Sharp Hospice.
Condolences and expressions of sympathy may be sent in care of Featheringill Mortuary.
The La Fata family deeply appreciates the outpouring of support during this difficult time. In the legacy
of Joseph La Fata, may we find inspiration to love wholeheartedly. Joseph's memory will forever be
engraved in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know him, and his spirit will live on
through the stories and traditions he leaves behind.