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Dean Leland Ferraris

Obituary for Dean Leland Ferraris

July 17, 1969 - September 21, 2020
Auburn, California | Age 51

Obituary

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, www.phs-spca.org

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