September 14, 1950 ~ September 9, 2016
Born September 14th, 1951, died September 9th, 2016, Ron was born in Tucson AZ and was the second of five children born to Randolph and Christina Chavez, who preceded him in death.
Ron graduated from Rincon high school in 1969 and from the University of Arizona in 1973. Growing up in Tucson as a teenager he was always a huge help to his parents in a lot of different ways, including doing the majority of the yard and pool work over the years. He was happy to transport his younger siblings to their sports events and activities, always with a smile. As an adult his parents spent many summers in Fremont enjoying Ron's generosity and warm hospitality.
Ron had a love for animals and enjoyed raising rabbits over the years, while growing up in Tucson. Ron moved to Fremont California in 1979 and was a social worker in Alameda County and also spent time in that profession in Sacramento. He ultimately returned to Fremont where he made that home for the last 35 years. Ron easily made friends and remained close with numerous co-workers since his retirement five years ago.
Ron truly found his passion when he founded El Grupo a nonprofit group whose mission is to educate and assist Hispanics in the Bay area that are HIV+. Ron's compassion and love for people enabled him to truly make a difference in providing support and guidance to those in the Hispanic community. His commitment to El Grupo was unwavering, which came natural to him due to his sincere compassion, generosity and love for people, especially those in need. Ron's loving and giving nature assisted the Hispanic community in numerous ways and helped them to advocate for themselves and enrich their lives and health.
Ron is survived by his partner Guillermo 'Antonio' Osuna, siblings Daniel (Sharon), Robert (Nancy), Christina Swift (Paul) and David (Denise), his 14 loving nephews and nieces—whose lives he made richer and rewarding as their Uncle/Tio/Nino.
Funeral Mass will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 41933 Blacow Rd, Fremont, CA.
In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to Aids Project of the East Bay, 1320 Webster St., Oakland, CA 94606
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