Vera was born in Naples, Italy in 1934. He became a Culver City resident in 1950 and served in the United States Army from 1958-1960. He opened Sorrento Italian Market in 1962 and married his wife, Ursula, the following year. The Vera’s two sons, Ralph and Albert Jr., were educated in Culver City schools.
Committed to his community, Vera was active in a remarkable number of organizations. He served most recently as Interim Chair Baldwin Hills Conservancy in 2002.
Former mayor and commuinty activist Jozelle Smith commented ” Albert’s dedication to the city, it’s residents and businesses is legendary. He will be long remembered for his untiring efforts to make Culver City a better place.”
Vera will remembered for his service as a Culver City Council Member from 1992-2000, Culver City Mayor in 1994, and a member of the Culver City Civil Service Commission in 1981. He was an also a member of the American Legion, the Elks Club, the Knights of Columbus, the Culver City Education Foundation, the Culver City Chamber of Commerce, the Exchange Club, the Culver City Democratic Club and the Culver City Sister City Committee.
His recent erratic behavior was, as suspected, a harbinger of ill health.
He is survived by his wife, Ursula, and his son Albert, Jr.