Dean Leland Ferraris

  • Born: July 17, 1969
  • Died: September 21, 2020
  • Location: Auburn, California

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Burlingame, CA 94010

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Dean Leland Ferraris

July 17, 1969-September 21, 2020

Dean Ferraris, formerly of Burlingame, California, passed away suddenly at home on September 21, 2020 in Auburn, California at the age of 51.
Dean was born July 17, 1969 at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco, the third of four boys born to Jeaneen (Tanner) and Jim Ferraris.
He had a loving relationship with his parents and three brothers Brock, Todd, and Adam, and they enjoyed years of laughter and good times, with a mutual admiration for each other. Dean was raised in Burlingame, and was a Bulldog at McKinley Elementary School. He attended Burlingame Intermediate School, and graduated from Burlingame High School in 1987. He played Little League baseball for many years, and played on the Burlingame Intermediate School basketball teams. He also loved to play football with his friends. When one sport's season ended, Dean would move on to the next sport, where he was always a fierce competitor, and where opposing players knew who he was because of his athletic skills. He was a star in the net as the talented goalie of the Burlingame High School soccer team. He also enjoyed playing for CYSA and AYSO youth club soccer teams, and played soccer as an adult. If that wasn't enough, you could count on Dean to be playing poker, slots, or blackjack at a casino. He loved music, and would make his way to many concerts in his lifetime. He loved watching the San Francisco Giants and 49ers, and always rooted them on. He was thrilled when the San Jose Earthquakes Major League Soccer team was established in the Bay Area, and loved attending their games. Dean attended the College of San Mateo, where he continued to make many friends, just as he had as a young boy.

Dean was an extremely hard worker, and was a skilled and experienced certified union welder, working in the trade for over 20 years. He was also a member of the Teamsters union in San Francisco. He was like his father Jim in many ways, one of them being a man of many talents and trades, and Dean could do and figure just about anything out. He held various jobs in his lifetime, but he always said his favorite was working alongside his father in the family's janitorial business. Sadly, in 1983 Dean's oldest brother Brock passed away, leaving a large void in the family. After losing Brock, Dean and his brother Todd developed a tight bond that lasted throughout their lives. They shared a large group of friends in their beloved hometown of Burlingame. Dean loved his baby brother Adam, whom the family nicknamed "AJ", and he looked out for AJ whenever he could.

He loved his extended family to the fullest, going so far as to leave his personal life and employment behind to move to Texas to care for his cousin Leland's wife Birgitt and young daughter Leah after Leland suddenly passed away. Leah called him "Deanie Boy", and he enjoyed his year in Texas. He visited Birgitt and Leah in Germany, continuing his close relationship with them. Dean never missed the opportunity to help other family members, and was always wonderful and thoughtful with his cousins and their children, who called him "Dino". He loved having his grandparents in his life, and was particularly close to his grandmother La.

Dean was a wonderful son to his father and mother during their final years, and it meant the world to him to be there for them during their illnesses.
He enjoyed the large family gatherings his parents and grandmother hosted for his mom's side of the family. The memories are endless and treasured, and Dean loved having the whole gang together for every holiday.

Dean met Christine Hillebrandt in 2007, and they were devoted to each other for the last 13 years. Dean shared a loving, caring relationship with Christine and her daughter Cori. They enjoyed spending time with Dean's brothers and their many friends. Christine was a true blessing in Dean's life, and her love, support, and devotion to him was a testament to their commitment to each other.

Dean was always willing to help anyone in need. He was honest, loyal, and generous to a fault. He was strong, gracious, funny, and had a great, memorable laugh. He had a fondness for animals, caring for many in his lifetime, with a special place in his heart for cats.

He had a strong belief in God, and expressed many times of his faith in eternal life. We are heartbroken to have lost him, but we know he has been reunited with his loved ones who went before him, and that we will be with him again one day.

We will remember him as the giving, sensible, intelligent, caring, independent man he was, and above all, as a true gentleman.

Dean was preceded in death by his mother and father Jeaneen and Jim Ferraris, his brother Brock, and his grandparents La (Lillian) and Lee (Leland) Tanner and Margaret and Louis Ferraris. He is also preceded in death by his uncles Paul Tanner, Bud Tanner, Raymond Ferraris, Joe Garibaldi, and Walter Lembi, and his aunts Maureen Huth, Viola Rutledge, and Kathryn Garibaldi, as well as his cousins Toni Tanner and Leland Tanner.

Dean is survived by his cherished brothers Todd Ferraris and Adam Ferraris, and his nephews Ethan and Jake Ferraris. He leaves behind the love of his life Christine Hillebrandt, and her daughter Cori. His aunts Kathy Tanner and Linda Lembi and his dear uncle Don Huth also survive him. "Dino" will be missed by his many cousins of the Tanner, Huth, Curtin, Ferraris, Lembi and Nobrega families. His many lifelong friends in Burlingame will always remember his presence in their lives.

Dean is at peace now, and although we will miss him terribly, we take comfort in that.
Rest well, sweet, unique, lovable Dean…until we meet again.

A service to celebrate Dean's life will be held Wednesday, September 30 at Crosby-N. Gray & Co. in Burlingame, with a viewing at 10:00 AM and an outdoor service at 11:00 AM. A reception will be held following the service at San Mateo's Poplar Creek Golf Course from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, it would make Dean happy to have remembrances made in his name to the Peninsula Humane Society,


Condolence & Memory Journal

RIP Dean, prayers to all his family and friends.

Posted by Serena Wong - Fremont, CA - classmate   October 10, 2020

What a wonderful, caring, and genuinely sweet human. I feel lucky to have known you (and a big memory for me is spending my 8th grade graduation night with you at Lyons). You were always so kind to me and everyone that knew you...a true gentle-man and always smiling. Thank you for what you have shared with the world. I'm sending love and hugs to you and to your family. Your body may not be seen on Earth but your heart and soul will be felt evermore.

Posted by Laurie Burke - Los Angeles, CA - Friend   October 03, 2020

We would like to extend our condolences to the family. Betty is having a Mass offered for Dean at St. Vincent de Paul's in San Francisco.
From the Reilly relatives, Betty Reilly Dy, Jim Reilly and Mary Reilly Keller

Posted by Mary Keller - Burlingame, CA - Family   October 01, 2020

My sincere condolences Todd and family. Wish I could be there today. Great person. Always sweet and friendly to me. We grew up together in Burlingame BHS. We were all so close Todd, Dean & friends. He loved his sports for sure! He looked out for me like a lil sister. I worked at the family janitorial business. The 1st job I ever had. A lot of laughs there and talks about the future. RIP Deano..

Posted by Lisa Canales Fuqua - Campbell, CA - Friend   September 30, 2020

Aloha Dean! I have fond memories of you when we were youngsters growing up in Burlingame. You always had a beautiful smile a kind heart. Rest In Peace my friend. See you on the other side! <3>

Posted by Kristin Hennig - Waialua, HI - Friend   September 30, 2020

Dean i respected the good in his heart the the courage to back it up.

Posted by Jamie Dennis - Burlingame, CA - Friend   September 30, 2020

You will be missed dearly! Walk in gods garden and I shall see you again in heaven, rest til then

Posted by Catherine Artoux - San Mateo, CA - Family Friend   September 30, 2020

Dean, you will forever be remembered by me with your beautiful smile, your kindness and your absolute infectious laughter, I will always cherish the memories of growing up with you in Burlingame, You are loved, God Bless you❤

Posted by Marlo Taia - San Mateo, CA - Friend   September 29, 2020

RIP Dean. We will miss your friendly smile, gracious laugh and your prowess on the soccer field. God Speed.

Posted by Vince Canobbio - Santa Cruz, CA - Friend   September 29, 2020

Deano was a true friend with a big heart & a great sense of humor.
Rest in peace my friend.

Posted by Bob Trayer - CA - Friend   September 29, 2020

One of the most genuine person I have ever met. Rest in peace brother

Posted by Mel Diaz - friend   September 28, 2020

Sad to hear about Dean's passing. He was a nice guy. Now you have peace. God bless.

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Posted by Tom McGlynn - Burlingame, CA - friend   September 25, 2020

Dean was one of my all-time favorite people. I will miss him tremendously and am eternally grateful for all the help, encouragement and never-ending support through the years.

My condolences to Todd, AJ, Christine & Cori and the rest of the family.

You left us too early Deano, but I know you're at peace and hopefully in a good poker game!

Posted by Tom McGlynn - Burlingame, CA - friend   September 25, 2020

Rest In Peace my friend, may God watch over you , my condolences to family and friends.

Posted by James Forsell - Burlingame, CA - Friend   September 24, 2020

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