Mar 23, 2017Ocean Mist founder Albert Pieri dies
Albert Pieri, one of Ocean Mist Farms’ original founders, died at the age of 90. He was a dedicated employee of nearly fifty years, according to a statement issued by Ocean Mist Farms.
Pieri was a pioneer in the early days of California Artichoke and Vegetable Growers, renamed Ocean Mist Farms in 1995. He was honored with the UnitedAg Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 for his service to the industry, along with recognition to the Pieri family for nine generations of agriculture leadership. Pierie was known fondly as “Big Al” for both his physical stature and engaging personality, according to the statement.
“Our most heartfelt condolences go out to Albert’s children, Renee, Glen, Dorian and Diane, along with his sister Norma Pieri-Reasons, brother-in-law Don Reasons, and companion Marlene McMillan,” said CEO of Ocean Mist Farms Joe Pezzini. “Al’s contributions to our organization, the agricultural industry, and his community will be remembered and appreciated by all for many years to come.”
A graveside memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. on May 6, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Woodland, California. In lieu of sending flowers, the family requests a donation to the Ocean Mist Farms Academic Scholarship Program.