Cedric William Collett Cedric William Collett, 66, of Pacifica, California died in a diving accident off the Sonoma coast April 27th, 2013. Loving father to his two daughters Jennifer Laura and Lenka Nicole, husband to Magdalena Lorenz Collett and brother to Joan Collett Brown, Charles Elmer Collett and Brian Richard Collett, Cedric was a retired fireman from the Pacifica Fire Department where he had served for almost 30 years. During his service he was given the Department's Phoenix award for his efforts in trying to save a child from drowning. Cedric was a third generation Californian and raised in Mill Valley, California. He graduated from Tamalpais High School and then received his BA degree in anthropology from the University California at Santa Barbara. Cedric then served for three years in the Peace Corps in El Salvador during the tumultuous years of civil strife there. Subsequently he achieved his master degree in education from California State San Francisco and became credentialed as an ESL teacher. Cedric excelled in sports including football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, horseshoes, (even croquet!). In addition, he was an ardent cross country runner. In the strenuous Double Dipsea 14 mile race in Marin County, he competed three times and in 1984 placed 14th overall, 6th in his age group. Besides his interest in ocean diving, Cedric also was an avid swimmer and trained in the Bay waters at San Francisco's Aquatic Park. He was also a backpacking enthusiast, and a volunteer for the Pacifica Beach Coalition where he spent numerous hours working on restoration projects. He not only played an active role in the community, but also unconditionally loved his wife and children. Cedric also enjoyed a variety of activities at home, often playing the guitar, gardening and writing witty poetry which he shared with his daughters and their classmates. In all of Cedric's many activities and endeavors he applied a disciplined and focused approach which when matched with his inherent abilities and enthusiasm success was almost a certainty. Most of all Cedric relished helping others even if it resulted in a greater burden for himself and was a person who would be there in a time of need. His spirit is survived through his families constant reminder to set the bar high. He will be dearly missed by all. Memorial services will be held on May 25th at the Pedro Point Firehouse in Pacifica 4:30-8:00 PM.
Published in Marin Independent Journal on May 9, 2013