Oreste “Reste” Michael Bevilacqua was born Sept. 5, 1946, to Nicholas and Claudia Bevilacqua in Hollywood, Calif. He died April 9, 2014, after a long struggle with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease.
He attended primary, middle and high school in Hollywood, Calif., graduated cum laude from UCLA with a bachelor’s in engineering, obtained his master’s in engineering from the University of Minnesota and obtained his Ph.D. in civil engineering from University of California at Berkeley. He was a registered professional engineer with state of California.
He served in the U.S. Navy (SeaBees), including a year in Vietnam (1968-69). Early in his career, Reste taught engineering for a year at Purdue University. He singlehandedly started his own successful engineering firm in the 1970s, which operated under his expertise and leadership until his retirement in 2003.
Reste was a tireless world traveler, tennis player, soccer coach, racecar enthusiast, Scrabble master, punster, cook, mentor to many and friend to all. Reste was always a loyal and devoted Oakland A’s fan, and he would want everyone to support the Oakland A’s.
He is survived by his wife and partner of more than 40 years, Anne Hopper Bevilacqua; son, Josh (Jenna); daughter, Andrea Gia; beloved granddaughter, Bella; sister, Gina Bevilacqua; sister-in-law, Nancy Bevilacqua, sister-in-law, Lynne Hopper Welsh (Kevin); brother-in-law, Michael Hopper; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.
He was predeceased by his parents and by his brother, Nicholas.
No public services, but a private family gathering is planned. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Reste’s honor be made to Alameda County Community Food Bank, DonorsChoose.org or a charity of your choice.