Roberto A. Giansoldati was born Oct. 17, 1920, and passed away Sept. 11, 2007.
Roberto was born in Carrara, Italy, under the Tuscan sun, and he told many stories of growing up in Carrara.
As a boy, he used to ride the tram with his father up the historical and beautiful Appennini Mountains. These mountains are famous for the great volumes of marble of every imaginable color there is.
This area is also known as Michelangelo's Carrara after the famous painter of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.
Roberto's love of trains started as a boy in Carrara spending his summers with his father, who was a doctor, high up in the mountain quarries.
As Roberto watched the trains carrying the marble down the steep inclines, his love of trains was born. In time, Roberto was considered one of America's top model railroad hobbyists.
Toward the end of the 1930s, Roberto was swept away under the Mussolini regime serving in World War II as second lieutenant, working in intelligence (Morris Code) Africa Corps.
Roberto was a P.O.W. for three years in Bayonne, N.Y., and Douglas, Wyo. He was interpreter in the camp hospital, also making many trips on the U.S. Liberty Ships carrying supplies to Britain and bringing the wounded back. On many occasions, Roberto accompanied a high-ranking officer to Rome as the officer's aide-de-camp.
Roberto had a beautiful singing voice and during the war sang at dances, in cafes and to the soldiers in camp.
After the war, Roberto returned to Carrara and began his career in hotel management at the Grand Hotel Royal on the shores of the blue Mediterranean.
Eventually, Roberto returned to the U.S. and continued his career in hotel management, working for Milner Hotels Inc. as general manager in New York City and Los Angeles for a total of 24 years.
Roberto started working for the Holiday Inn chain in the United States, and in the early '70s, he was assigned as district director over five cities for Holiday Inn High Rise Division in North Africa, the Holiday Inn Tangier; Morocco Marrakech; The Inn Bay of Tangier at Malabata and Fiez; and also properties at Malaga and Tourmaline (Spain). These were all four- and five-star hotels.
Of all of Roberto's diplomas, one that he cherished the most was one he took away from that exotic land, his belly dancer certificate, from the Koutoubia Palace in Tangier.
When Roberto returned to the U.S., he was general manager at the Holiday Inn across from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. At that time, he was assigned as floating inn keeper in Hollywood and San Francisco and finally in Las Vegas for two years.
Other properties were the Marina Inn at Dana Point Harbor, Calif., the Rio Rico Hotel, Nogales, Ariz., the Granada Royal, Phoenix, and lastly the Regency Towers, Las Vegas.
Roberto is preceded in death by his father, Dr. Ulisse Giansoldati, and mother, Brigida Michelle Giansoldati; and a half brother, Alfredo Giansoldati.
He is survived by one son, Bob Giansoldati (Sandy) of Minneapolis, and a sister, Maria Lodivici and her three sons of Carrara, and also many longtime golden friends of that region.
He is also survived by his wife of 33 years, June Attebery Giansoldati of Kingman and her two children, Jaynie Hout (Gene) of Springfield, Mo., and John Kinnie of Kingman.
And now the story has been told of a life well lived with tears and laughter, superior triumphs and a few failures, also love and hope - all these things that make us human.
Roberto was Roman Catholic and attended St. Mary's Church here in Kingman.
On Roberto's last departure from Italy, he took one long last tearful look at Italia, land of his childhood dreams.
Jesus said, "I go to prepare a place for you, that there you will be with me also!"