OBITUARY: Robert Ranieri III
Please join us for a memorial and celebration to honor the life of Robert Ranieri III. It will be hosted by Rob’s wife, Ashley, at the Camp Richardson Marina/Boathouse on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 6 o’clock. Refreshments will be served potluck style. Limited parking is available at the Marina and on the east side of Jameson Beach Road. If possible, it is asked that people carpool. Please do not park in the Beacon parking lot.
Dear Tahoe friends,
As some of you know, our man Robert Ranieri III died on May 22nd during a skydiving jump over Lake Tahoe. Rob was a close friend who patrolled at Kirkwood with us for several years. He would have been at our wedding in September with his wife Ashley and baby Willow, and it’s tragic that those of you who have not met him won’t get the chance to. Those of us who knew Rob know we have lost a unique and talented and dedicated companion. He was 28.
He was an avid and experienced skydiver, a strong skier and snowmobiler. He was a computer whiz (owned Tech Tahoe, a computer and I.T. shop in South Lake) and mad genius- once he converted his gasoline-fueled Jeep to bio diesel and for a time used old restaurant oil he collected to fuel his ride. He was a talker and a thinker, ever inquisitive: he just knew he could come up with a better idea than the one presented. He was a one-time lumberjack and an amateur comedian, as well as a dedicated horticulturalist, ambitious sailor, dangerous carpenter and unsuccessful brewer.
And he was a damned good friend. Rob would drop whatever he was doing or pop out of bed in the middle of the night to back up a comrade or respond to a call to assist a stranger, which he often did.
A member of NV/CA SAR teams (search and rescue), Rob was an essential component in locating and rescuing numerous hikers, backcountry skiers and those who found themselves in a pinch with a poor sense of direction and an incomplete survival kit. He had an insatiable need to help people and was key to, as many in the Tahoe area are, bridging the gap between community and the mountains we love.
Rob’s family held a wake on Monday, May 28 in Hoboken, NJ and a funeral the next day. The large crowd made it clear how many people Rob had influenced as they approached the casket one by one to see the man a last time and to pay respects. A slideshow of memories played on a TV in the foyer.
I will never know anyone quite like Rob Ranieri. He was known as the Mad Scientist, Wild Man and D.J. (Dirty Jersey). And he will be deeply missed.
Let’s keep Rob and his family in our thoughts and prayers and let this tragedy be a reminder to us all to appreciate the people in our lives.
Mad love, Joseph O’Connor and Emily Pallo
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