Eugene Harold Ciranni
June 8, 1932 -
August 19, 2013
Eugene H. Ciranni died on August 19, 2013 at the age of 81. He was born on June 8, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan to Eugene and Mary Ciranni. In 1942, his family moved to neighboring Dearborn, Michigan, where he attended Henry Ford Elementary School and Fordson High School. Gene put himself through the University of Michigan working at the Ford Rouge plant every summer. In 1957, he received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
After three years in the U.S. Army JAG Corps, Gene headed to New York City to work as a trial attorney in the IRS District Counsel's office. In the evenings he attended NYU Law School and earned an LLM in Taxation. He transferred to the San Francisco office in 1963, where he continued this work for 34 years, culminating a distinguished career as a Special Trial Attorney in the U.S. Tax Court.
In San Francisco Gene met Ruth Adams, a high school English teacher. They were married there in 1967. They moved into a new subdivision of homes in San Mateo in 1970, where he devoted himself to his family, his garden, and his community.
Gene served several terms as President of the San Mateo Oaks Homeowners Association. In 2004-2005 he was a member of the San Mateo County Superior Court Civil Grand Jury. He volunteered as a Nature Education docent at the Filoli Center in Woodside, leading hikes into the wooded areas of the estate, and served as Chairman of the Nature Education Program there. Every Tuesday morning for 19 years, he supervised a Brown Bag for Seniors food distribution site, a program of the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Throughout his life, Gene maintained an intellectual curiosity. He enrolled in night classes at the nearby College of San Mateo to study a variety of fields across the sciences and humanities. After retiring Gene and Ruth traveled throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean, with Gene carefully studying en route the history and geography of the places visited. At all museums he gave due diligence, reading every word of the exhibits.
Gene passed away in his home, secure in the knowledge that his family loved him as much as he loved them. He will be missed dearly by his wife Ruth, sons Matthew and Michael, daughter-in-law Anne, granddaughter Claire, and his sister Mary Lou.
A celebration of Gene's life will be held on Saturday, September 14th at 2:00 p.m. at Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 3900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Second Harvest Food Bank, the Filoli Center, or a