Apologies to all eligible single ladies, Johnny Edward Maioriello (aka Johnny Monet) passed away on February 4th.
Whether it was teasing new waitresses at his favorite restaurants throughout the beach cities or hosting various parties on the Strand John was guaranteed to be the center of all the laughter.
Born in Chicago in 1942 John developed his dedicated work ethic early on at the age of 14 when the sudden death of his father demanded that he go to work with a fake ID to support his family.
He eventually moved to the beach in Playa Del Rey in the 70s. He spent the 80s in the Hollywood Hills and moved to Manhattan Beach on the Strand in the 90s where he lived for many years in several residences.
His above average height helped him standout and his incredible determination led him to a successful sales career that he carried with him his entire life, spanning two successful businesses as owner and a freelance career for the last 20 years.
However; it was his charisma and quick wit that captured everyone's hearts and it's what most people will remember about him.
John is survived by his siblings Peggy and Joe, his children Julie, Carri, Ginger, and John Wayne, and many other family members and friends who will greatly miss this special one-of-a-kind man.
In keeping with his final wishes John's ashes will be scattered privately in Manhattan Beach and his family will be hosting a toast on his birthday March 8, at 3:08pm to celebrate at one of John's favorite hangouts: Poncho's in Manhattan Beach.
Published in The Beach Reporter on Feb. 22, 2020.