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Ronald S. (Ronnie) Caditan Born in San Francisco and raised in San Jose, Ronnie passed away suddenly at his home on December 15, 2011. He was 49. The son of Bibiana Caditan and the late Daniel Caditan, Ronnie will be greatly missed by sisters Elizabeth Bautista, Josephine Murphy and brother-in-law Joseph Murphy, brother Nathaniel Caditan and sister-in-law Cheryl Greggans, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins in California, Colorado, and the Philippines. Ronnie was a San Francisco firefighter, based at Engine 31 in the Richmond District. Before graduating from the San Francisco Fire Academy in 2001, Ronnie was a firefighter for the U.S. Coast Guard and Treasure Island National Park, and had worked for the California Department of Forestry as part of a hotshot team at Tule Lake in Klamath County, as well as for the U.S. Department of Forestry on a hotshot team at Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii. A member of the Asian Firefighter's Association, Ronnie was very environmentally conscious and worked part-time as a park ranger for the City of San Jose at Hellyer Park, Alum Rock Park, Overfelt Gardens, and Emma Prusch Park. He was especially interested in working with children, teaching them to respect the environment. In his spare time, Ronnie was an active in a local outrigger canoe club, and participated in dragon boat and paddling competitions across the country. He enjoyed fishing, and often brought home fresh tuna and abalone to share with friends and family. He also enjoyed music and was teaching himself to play the ukulele. After moving to San Jose as a boy, Ronnie attended Linda Vista Elementary School, Joseph George Middle School, and James Lick High School. He obtained an A.S. degree from San Jose City College and eventually settled in San Leandro. Always willing to chat or trade stories, Ronnie enhanced the lives of his family and friends. He will be missed. A funeral service is planned for 11 a.m. December 22 at St. Monica Catholic Church, 5950 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA, 94121 (415) 751-9564. Donations can be made in Ronnie's name to the San Jose Parks Department. Arrangements by Darling Fischer Garden Chapel
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 22, 2011
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