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Robert Lorenzini

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Robert J. Lorenzini
"Babe"

Aug. 1, 1926 - Sept. 14, 2013


Resident of So. San Francisco


The world has lost a good man. Babe was born to Guido and Mary (Murphy) Lorenzini in San Francisco and was a true "San Franciscan" his whole life. He had one brother, George, who predeceased him in 1997. He married Betty Guenley in 1949 and they danced and cruised through 57 years of marriage. Together they raised 5 children: Steve Lorenzini (Jan), Denise Chenneour (Bruce), Nancy Bishop (Mike), Bob Lorenzini (Pam), and Bill Lorenzini (Linda). He was a loving grandfather to 10 Grandchildren: Joe (Jamie), David, Deborah (Kevin), Tony, Bryan (Christie), Adam (Sarah), Nick, Sabrina, Zachary and Giana; and 8 Great-Grandchildren: Paige, Tyler, Kirin, Jamisen, Dylan, Bryan, Kiley, Josh plus one on the way! He is also survived by his longtime companion, Florence Gustafson.


Babe was a proud graduate of Balboa High School (Spring 1944) and joined the Navy in August 1944. He trained in Farragut, ID, Great Lakes, IL and Richmond, VA. His service during WWII included time on the USS Acontius, USS Admiral CF Hughes and LST621. He worked as a house painter until he joined the SSF Fire Department in 1955. He rose to the rank of Captain and spent many years as Acting Battalion Chief, also serving as Radiologic Officer. He loved the Fire Dept. and retired in 1982 after 27 years at the young age of 56. He started the SSFFD Muster Team, the Retirees Luncheon, the Pit Watch Newsletter and was the Founding Father of the SSF Fire Museum. He was also instrumental in restoring the Dept.'s 1916 Seagrave Engine; without him it wouldn't have happened.


He was an active member of many organizations, among them: Balboa Alumni, Excelsior Boys Club, Amazon Boys Club, Native Sons of the Golden West, Geezers, SSFFD Widows & Orphans Assoc., YMI Council 32, SSF Historical Society, SSF Sister City Program, ICF & RPEA.


Family and Friends were the center of Babe's life. His calendar was full with lunches and dinners, and nothing made him happier than being at the center of it all. He touched many lives with his phone calls, cards, and generosity.


Services will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to: SSF Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 1507, PO Box 2348, So. San Francisco, CA 94083; please note "Babe Lorenzini Memorial Fund."


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 22, 2013
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