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Daly City Mourns the Passing of former Mayor Al Teglia; Celebration of Life Set for Monday, November 3

Albert (Al) Mario Teglia, 83, affectionately known as “Mr. Daly City” died peacefully at his home  with his beloved wife Frances by his side, on October 26, 2014 after a long battle with cancer.  Mr. Teglia was elected to five terms on the City Council, serving four terms as Mayor between 1976 to 1996.  The City of Daly City will host a public celebration Mr. Teglia’s life Monday, November 3, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers and Rotunda at City Hall, 333 90th Street, Daly City.   

Born at home in Colma, California Al was the first of his family to be born in the U.S.   His mother Assunta, father Mario  and brother Angelo were from Genoa, Italy.    Albert moved with his family to Daly City in 1949 where he attended and graduated from Jefferson High School.  Al also attended the College of San Mateo obtaining his degree in horticulture which sparked his passion for gardening and flowers.  Al’s trumpet vines, orchids and maple trees were forever blooming and providing joy in his life and so many others that he shared them with.  

Al’s life was dedicated to helping others.  In 1952 he began his long time career with the San Mateo Union High School District.  After 38 years with the district, he retired in 1989 as an Operations Manager and as the longest tenured employee at that time.  The late Congressman Tom Lantos and Congresswoman Jackie Speier each entered Al in to the Congressional Record in recognition of his long term service the School District. 


Al always had a passion for caring for people and giving to the community.  He was able to fulfill this passion through his numerous years in his second career as a public servant.  The first office Al held was on the Jefferson Union High School Board of Trustees where he served three terms from 1967 to 1976.  He also served as the Board President from 1969 to 1971.  Al was elected to the City Council of Daly City in 1976 and served five terms until 1996.   Al first became known as “Mr. Mayor” in 1978-79 and held this title in 1981-82, 1987-88 and 1992-93.   After 26 years in elected office Al retired and took on the role of the legislative aide to San Mateo County Supervisor Mary Griffin.  He served in this capacity until December 2000. 

Al also was a very strong advocate for the San Mateo County Human Services Agency focusing his life and passion on helping the children and families of his beloved city.   From his office at PeninsulaWorks in Daly City, he worked diligently to achieve his goals for the community, establishing and supporting several community programs including:  Jobs for Youth; Children’s Fund; Peddler Program; Reprogrammed Computers; Adopt-a-Family; Dental Programs for the uninsured children and seniors; Daly City’s Clean Community Committee and the Community Recognition Program. 

Al had tremendous passion for two programs that were very near and dear to his heart: the Italian Catholic Federation (ICF) Gifts of Love Program and the Daly City Public Library Association.   Al founded the ICF Gifts of Love Program so that funds would be available for the developmentally disabled children and adults seeking to achieve greater independence in their lives.   Al also felt strongly that everyone should have the ability to read and to learn through books.  His pursuit of this led to establishing the Daly City Public Library Association where he also served as the first president. 

Over the years, Al’s list of community service was unending and far reaching.  He served on the boards of SamTrans (past chairman); Italian Catholic Federation where he served as president of the Holy Angels Catholic Church Branch in Daly City, Past Grand President and Life Member Emeritus;  Sierra Point Credit Union; and  the Daly City – Colma Historical Society.  Al also served as director for various organizations including the Daly City Easter Seal Society; the San Mateo Arts Council; and the San Mateo Historical Society.  He was also a member of the Pacifica Democrats and a lifetime member of Holy Angels Catholic Church.

Al was a very humble man and was always amazed by the many honors bestowed upon him.  He would graciously accept the honors, reminding everyone that he was just doing what he loved to do, just doing his job.   And he never forgot to thank all the people who were there to help him achieve these accomplishments.  Included in these honors are the Al Teglia Community Center in Daly City; the Albert M. Teglia Boulevard in Colma and Daly City; and a bronze plaque for children’s dental services at the Mike Nevin Health Clinic.  In 1985 Al received the Easter Seal Humanitarian Award.  In 2000, Al was the first of only three men given special recognition in the San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame.  In 2002, the Daly City-Coma Chamber of Commerce special Humanitarian Award was presented to Al, and in 2004 he earned the Community Kindness Award from Sitike Counseling Center for his dedication to helping others. 

Al was honored to be the recipient of the 2005 National Jefferson Award which spotlights a Bay Area resident who made a difference in the community.  He also received the Child Care Coordinating Council’s Legacy Award which recognized an individual’s lifetime of achievements in breaking new ground to serve the interests of children and the Peninsula Coalition’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  Al was also honored in 2005 with the establishment of the Al Teglia Jobs for Youth Endowment Fund which provides both college and vocational scholarships for youth in San Mateo County.  In 2012 Al was one of six individuals who received the 49’ers Community Quarterback Award from the San Francisco 49ers Foundation, in partnership with NFL Charities, for his leadership, dedication and commitment to bettering the San Francisco Bay Area.   The many honors and awards Al received over the years confirm what everyone close to him knew.  Al approached everything he did with integrity, commitment and compassion.  For this he will always be remembered and revered.

Al shared his life with two very special women.  His first wife,  Verna Mae Kunz, was his childhood sweetheart that he married in 1953.  They were married for nearly  54 years until Verna’s death in 2006.  In 2008 Al married the second love of his life, Frances Foglia whom he met through the Italian Catholic Federation.   While their life together was short, it was full of happiness and tremendous love for each other.    He also shared his life with family and many dear and special friends .  Al is preceded in death by his mother Assunta, father Mario, brother Angelo and first wife Verna.   He is survived by his loving wife Frances; children Michael (Crystal) and CherylAnn (Walt); nephew Fernando  (Roberta); great nephews Matt, Mark (Kelly) and Steven (Alisa);  great grand-niece Jessica;  several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Al requested that all services be private for family and that any gathering should be a celebration of his life and not a mourning of his passing. He wanted family and friends to remember him by the goals he strived to achieve for the community and to promise to continue to carry out his dreams for the city he loved so much.  To honor his wishes, the family invites you to a Celebration of Life at Daly City City Hall on Monday, November 3, 2014 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, with a special remembrance to be held at 3:00 pm.    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:  Italian Catholic Federation Gifts of Love Program, 8393 Capwell Drive Suite 110, Oakland CA 94621 or the Daly City Public Library Associates,  P.O. Box 3283, Daly City, CA 94015.