CELEBRATIONS OF LIFE

Unfortunately, sometimes members of our fire family pass away - be it line of duty, work related illness, injury, or age. We help with the preparations for celebrations of life for members of our parent organization, the San Diego Fireman's Relief Association. These special memorials are a wonderful way to share the positive impact that Firefighters have on our community, the close knit family of the fire service, and, of course, honor the memory of our fallen fire family member. Below is a collection of stories from firefighters' families that we have been able to assist in honoring and sharing in their celebrations of life. 

No day shall erase you from the memory of time. 

- Virgil

 

Unfortunately, sometimes members of our fire family pass away - be it line of duty, work related illness, injury, or age. We help with the preparations for celebrations of life for members of our parent organization, the San Diego Fireman's Relief Association. These special memorials are a wonderful way to share the positive impact that Firefighters have on our community, the close knit family of the fire service, and, of course, honor the memory of our fallen fire family member. Below is a collection of stories from firefighters' families that we have been able to assist in honoring and sharing in their celebrations of life. 

No day shall erase you from the memory of time. 

- Virgil

 

GERRY JOSE'S STORY:

1964-2015

 

Gerry, who was born at the Naval Hospital in Iwakuni, Japan on February 11th, 1964., answered his last alarm on October 26, 2015. Because his father was in the military, he attended elementary school overseas and returned to the states in 1979. He graduated from Monte Vista High School in 1982 and attended Mesa College while working at Ralph’s. He joined SDFD in 1990. He married and is survived by his two children, Rey and Jordan, the loves of his life. He loved his family and friends, his job, music, and drawing. He had the kindest soul and would go out of his way for anyone and everyone. He always had a band of friends wherever he went. He was a huge Chargers fan, a history enthusiast, Kiss fan, as well as an avid bodybuilder. Gerry was a loving father whose thoughts were always with his son and daughter. He was surrounded by those who loved him: his father Reynaldo, his mother Emelita, his brother Gene, two sisters Gladys and Gail, nieces and nephews and all his extended family and great friends.

PETE GEORGE'S STORY:

1966-2015:

 

San Diego Fire-Rescue Engineer Peter George answered his last alarm on March 5, 2015 peacefully joining the departed while sleeping due to a stroke at the age of 48. Peter began his career with the Fire-Rescue Department in July 1990 as a Fire Recruit.  He promoted to the rank of Fire Engineer in September 2009. 

 

Peter was born at Mercy Hospital on May 20th 1966 in San Diego, California. He grew up in Rancho Bernardo a beautiful peaceful community. He attended St. Michael’s School in Poway from 1st grade thru 8th grade. He graduated from Poway High, went on to Miramar College, and worked at Sony before entering the Army. He joined the San Diego Fire Department in 1990, it was his second family. He married and is survived by his wonderful son Carson.

 

Peter had a generosity and kindness that would not quit. He loved to tease, joke, and live life to it’s fullest, like the time he drove the family car in fast circles in the church parking lot at the age of 13. Maybe these early high speed maneuvers prepared him for his future job as Fire Engineer

 

Peter loved his family and friends, loved his job, and loved to read. He was adored by his nieces, nephews, and cousins. From early childhood Peter always had a pack of friends where ever he went. Peter was a huge Chargers fan faithfully purchasing season tickets each year and enjoying tailgating with his friends.

 

Peter was a loving father whose thoughts were always with his son as his last text message the day was taken from this world was to to his son Carson “Put in the time studying and you will do well”

 

Peter leaves behind his son Carson the love of his life, his father George, his mother Jo Ann, his brothers Greg, Jeff, sister Jennifer, and all his extended family and many great friends.

 

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