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Ronald Van Pool

Obituary Condolences

Lt. Ronald Joseph
Van Pool, SFFD

Ron passed away peacefully April 16, 2013. He was a proud native of San Francisco was born October 12, 1948. Beloved son of the late Samuel Van Pool and Theresa Molinari McKean; loving brother of Sharon Molinari Reyes and her husband Arlindo Reyes. Ron will be dearly missed by his love, "honey bunny", Juliet Loremas. Also survived by his nephews, John Kiesel and Scott Kiesel and his wife Romina, dear uncle of Kaitlin and Giuliana and survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.


Ron was a graduate of St. Emydius Grammar School and Riordan High School, Class of 1967 and attained his Bachelor of Science degree. He was a U.S. Air Force Vietnam War veteran and served 4 years. Ron was a proud San Francisco Fire Fighter for 39 years and taught Fire Science at City College of SF. He loved his faithful German Shepherds: Duke, Missy, Strider, Queenlynn, Gretchen and Princess. As the Godfather of our family, Ronnie looked forward to family dinners. He loved his Shasta house, boating and fishing with his firefighting friends. The family remembers attending the grand opening of Disneyland in 1955, and Ronnie being approached by Walt Disney himself, who had lunch with Ronnie and invited him to come to work at the park playing Huckleberry Finn, but his mom said no.


Ronnie embraced life with his hardy laugh and great sense of humor but also stood his ground for what he believed to be the truth. Ronnie's "inner spirit" remains in our hearts and we will always remember his "woof".


Friends may visit Monday, April 22nd after 3:00pm at DUGGAN'S SERRA MORTUARY, 500 Westlake Avenue, Daly City where a Vigil Service will be held at 7:00pm. A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated Tuesday, April 23rd at 10:00am at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 666 - Filbert St., San Francisco. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations may be made to German Shepherd Rescue of No. California, P.O. Box 1930, Cupertino, CA 95015-1930.



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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Apr. 21 to Apr. 22, 2013
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