Dr. Ronald L. Valmassy
July 8, 1947- March 31, 2021
Ronald Louis Valmassy passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side. He endured a courageous 15-month battle with lung cancer, and faced every challenge with his usual strength and determination.
Ron's family was the center of his life. He was extremely loyal and would drop everything for those he cared about. He was a devoted husband to Helen (Paxinos) Valmassy for 46 years, a proud father to Paul Valmassy, and an adoring Nonno to Magnolia (Maggie) Jean Valmassy. He is now reunited with his parents, Gloria (Menconi) Valmassy and Louis Valmassy.
Born in San Francisco, Ron grew up in the Potrero and West Portal neighborhoods. He was a graduate of St. Ignatius College Preparatory, the University of San Francisco, and the California College of Podiatric Medicine.
Ron touched the lives of countless people, both as a teacher and as a podiatrist. He was blessed with the rare gift of loving his work. He began his career as a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Podiatric Biomechanics at the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco. When he looked back at his working life, Ron often said that he missed teaching the most. He also enjoyed lecturing frequently throughout the United States and abroad.
For 25 years, Ron was in private practice at 450 Sutter Street in San Francisco. He later became a Staff Podiatrist at the Center for Sports Medicine at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco. His patients appreciated the personal interest he took with them and his deep dedication to their well-being. One patient wrote, "You are such a blessing, and I am grateful for treasured memories of being under your awesome care." Ron will be truly missed by all who knew him.
In the middle of his busy career, Ron found the time to compile a comprehensive reference book entitled Clinical Biomechanics of the Lower Extremities. It was authored by him and a team of expert contributing authors. Published in 1996, the book detailed virtually every facet of biomechanics relating to foot care. It influenced the treatment of the foot through biomechanics for over 20 years.
In his free time, Ron loved being with his family, working on his cars, and traveling. He met Helen on a ski trip to Squaw Valley while in college. Annual family ski trips to Lake Tahoe became a Valmassy family tradition. He and his son, Paul, went to Wrestlemania nearly every year. He also enjoyed taking his granddaughter, Maggie, to Disneyland.
Ron rarely missed any gigs that Paul's band played in the Bay Area because he was the biggest fan of The Fog City Swampers. He was also a lifelong SF Giants fan and was thrilled to see them win three World Series titles. In the past year, Ron rekindled his childhood love of model trains. He spent countless hours building a very detailed and realistic train layout.
Ron and Helen traveled to many places throughout the world, but his favorite destination was Italy. He spoke fluent Italian, so he especially enjoyed visiting his father's family in the Dolomites and his mother's relatives in Tuscany.
Gone but never forgotten, Ron will live forever in the minds and hearts of all who loved him.
Due to Covid restrictions, a private funeral service will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery. A future celebration of Ron's life will be planned when restrictions are lifted and we are able to gather together.
Donations in Ron's memory may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor St. Anne's Home, 300 Lake St., San Francisco, CA 94118. You are also welcome to make a donation to the charity of your choice