Pen and ink drawings by Mr. Andy Ausonio.
“Mr. Andy Ausonio (1930-1998) lifelong resident of Castroville. His parents were immigrants and they grew and harvested artichokes.
He spent his childhood and teenage years here in Castroville. After serving in the Army, he retired from the National Guard in with the rank of Captain in 1969. He returned to Castroville, and then he met and married Miss Nancy Barsotti.
He and his wife Mrs. Nancy B. Ausonio founded the Ausonio Construction Company in 1959. Together they raised their three children, and continued to donate their time and resources towards many civic organizations, and nonprofits.
Mr. Ausonio received many prestigious awards. Including AGC Contractor of the Year, and AGC Contractor of California Excellence in Client Service.
Awards. He chaired many service organizations, such as Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, and the Artichoke Festival Committee.
Mr. Ausonio played the trumpet for the Watsonville Band. The band played in Washington D.C. for the Office of the President. Other interest include, photography, illustrating, gardening, cooking, and antique clock restoration.
The revitalization of Castroville was important to Mr. Ausonio, and he recruited talented people to work together and the restoration project began.”
Written by June Radichi, January 30, 2007.