Saying Good-bye to Part of San Francisco’s History

Arnold Genthe [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Arnold Genthe [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The last survivor of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire has died.

William A. “Bill” Del Monte died Monday at a retirement home in Marin County. He was 11 days shy of his 110th birthday and three months from the 110th anniversary of the devastating quake. His niece, Janette Barroca of San Francisco, confirmed his death of natural causes.

Ties to The San Remo Hotel

Bill’s father opened the famous Fior d’Italia on Broadway in 1886, and it was destroyed in the quake. The day after the earthquake the restaurant ‘reopened’ in a tent in order to feed the public. Great kettles of soup fed the populace. The restaurant operated out of the tent for about a year while San Francisco was rebuilt. Fior d’Italia,  America’s oldest Italian restaurant, moved to the ground level of the San Remo Hotel in 2005. Now two of the city’s best-known Victorian-era North Beach establishments share the same building.

To view Mr. Del Monte’s obituary please visit the Los Angles Times website.