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Mar 02, 2015 at 08:00 AM

The passing of Dr. Ronald Faoro

By St. Francis Pet Clinic

It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of Dr. Ron Faoro.  He was an amazing veterinarian, clinic owner, mentor and friend.  At this time the family and staff has requested privacy as they struggle to handle this sudden and unexpected loss.

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Loretta Redd

May the staff at St Francis and his family find comfort in the same way Dr Faoro has comforted us (and our companion pets) over the years.

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Mary O'Gorman

Sending healing thoughts to all the staff and Vets at St Francis who have been so kind and loving, along with Dr. Faoro, to my animals, and the rescue labradors they have treated for Fetching Companions and other rescues over the years.

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Sandra Williams

There's s special place in heaven for this great man who lovingly dedicated his life to caring for our
Furry family!??

My heart aches, I send love and prayers to all.

God bless you, Dr Faoro

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Carol Giamoni Copelan

My heart is broken!

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Susan Shevack

Dr. f
Fraro may you continue your loving work in heaven. May your family and friends find peace. Thank you for being a beautiful person both inside and out. Bless you,,!
Susan, Mason and Gizmo

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St. Francis Pet Clinic

Thank you all for your kind words during this difficult time.

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Patrick Smitley

We are neighbors and customers, Dr Faoro responded to my yelp post on 2/24, and I just read the article today about the accident. My heart goes out to the staff and Dr Faoro's family. My family and I feel sorrow and sadness for your loss and the loss of a good guy in the community. Thanks for reading. See you soon.
Patrick, Heather, Chloe, Radar, Snowy, & Storm.

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ellie altomare

Dear Elizabeth and Sierra and all your loving staff at St Francis Clinic, we are thinking of you all and praying for peace and comfort as you you go through this hard time. Ron was so special... Words cannot express my sadness. May the comfort of God help you through this difficult time. You were there for my dear Zia Genetta and I will never forget that. I pray that in the midst of your sorrow you find comfort in all the joyful memories shared... I'm so sorry for you deep loss. Hugs, and lots of love,
Ellie Altomare and Michael Warner

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mary

LOvE&LIGhT....

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Carol Giamoni Copelan

I tried posting earlier and it did not go through.
My heart is broken

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Barbara Yaffee

There are no words to convey my deepest sadness at the loss of Dr Faoro. My heart is breaking. Truly. He saved our kitties lives over and over again over the last 20 years. He spent hours of his own time researching my kitties's special needs, and was kind, loving, compassionate, a true healer and animal whisperer. The lives he saved and people and animals he helped is simply immeasurable. I cannot even imagine the loss his wife and daughter are experiencing and you all at Saint Francis who were closest to him. Santa Barbara will not be the same without him ever. My heart goes out to you all.

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Emma-Jane Huerta

I met Dr Faoro in the 80's when he showed me extraordinary kindness after a major pet tragedy. I never forgot what he did for me. I taught his beautiful daughter for several years - needless to say she is a chip off her dad's " block"! Elizabeth proved herself a tireless parent volunteer in the school community, and a kind, dear person. The thought of this beautiful family going through this is terrible. Knowing all the wonderful staff at St Francis' I am sure they are just as bereft. It is no small accident that ALL the vets at Dr Faoro's clinic are compassionate and clever, and they stay there a really long time.
We love you, St Francis Pet Clinic!
The entire pet-loving community has lost a wonderful friend!
Elizabeth and Sierra please know we ache for you.

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Kari Delkener

My condolences to Elizabeth, family, and St Francis staff so sorry for your loss.. Dr Faoro is an angel up there taking care of all our animals

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Sheri and Don Benninghoven

You all are in our prayers during this sad time.

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Richard & Gayle Malinoff

To Elizabeth, Sierra and the staff at St. Francis, please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time. From the Malinoff and Arnold families we will never forget our wonderful Vet and extended family member..Ron not only took care of our pets but became a part of our family. His compassion and friendship will never be forgotten. Having been a client of St Francis from it inception it is espcially difficult for our family. We know that there multitudes of animals and friends to keep Ron busy; not only taking care of them but enjoying his continued wish to practice his Italian. So much love and caring is coming your way. Ron will be missed by all. XoXo

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Courtney Jackson

All of us at Central Coast Pet Hospital & ER send our condolences for your loss.

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Andy Dainsberg, DVM

My deepest sympathy and compassion for the tragic loss of Ron.

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Kayla Stenhouse

Words cannot describe my heartbreak for you and the family. I am so sorry that this has happened and I am keeping you guys in my prayers. I love you both dearly and know that Ron will forever watch over you two and always be missed. XO

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Jeffrey K Saur, DVM

On behalf of the veterinary community, I wish to extend our condolences to Elizabeth and Sierra, and all of Ron’s co-workers at St. Francis Pet Clinic in the passing of Ron. The veterinary community is stunned by the loss of Ron. He was great force in the Santa Barbara-Ventura Veterinary Medical Association and the California Veterinary Medical Association. His contributions were great, and he will be missed.

Ron’s compassion for his patients was reflected in the faith his clients had in him and in the staff and veterinarians working with him. Ron’s passion and zeal for practicing veterinary medicine has always been contagious to those who were fortunate to work with him. He served as a source of inspiration to all his assistants, who have demonstrated a long-term loyalty to Ron and St. Francis Pet Clinic. He served as mentor, inspiring his assistants’ loyalty, and supporting their continued development, some of whom have been inspired to become veterinarians.

The loss of Ron Faoro, DVM, is a tragedy, and it is with great sadness that we have to say goodbye. We pray for strength for Elizabeth and Sierra during this time of deep loss.

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Monica Rinaldi

We are all better for having known Ron. He was hilarious. He was an amazing vet and an honest friend. He loved life and his family and his work. We are heartbroken for Elizabeth and Sierra Bianca and everyone who knew and loved Ron. I hope he is continuing the great adventure someplace else, someplace where we hopefully will all meet him again for a glass of vino and laughter. Ci manchi troppo Ronaldo! Speriamo di vederci ancora...

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shirley jansen

I remember listening to Ron argue pssionately to remove an injured dog's leg rather than putting the dog down. He said that dogs don't have a word for crippled and this dog would still enjoy the sun on her back and a good dinner and a loving hand and that was all that really mattered......indeed all there really was. He was always an advocate for animals and the friend of all who worked to make their lives better. All of us at DAWG are grateful for the years of help and support he gave us.

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Josh Kammerer

What a gift he was to Santa Barbara and its pets. What a loss this is for the community and his family. He truly cared for animals, and the love he shared will go on. My thoughts go out to everyone at the clinic and his family.

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Jean Silva

Dr. Faoro was a kind and generous man and a wonderful vet. BUNS was a client at St. Francis for many years and we will always appreciate the generous and open handed care that was given to our rabbits. Our sympathies to Elizabeth and their daughter as well as to the staff of the clinic. This is such a tragedy. As Dr. Faoro recommended, BUNS began a class for adopters, Basic Bunny, which continues to this day as More Basic Bunny and Guinea Pig. So in this sense, at least, he continues to improve the lives of both people and animals.

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Karen R

@Barbara Yaffee: your words are painfully and exactly perfect. i am too numb and painful to begin to put words to this sad tragedy and to life without dr faoro's child-like enthusiasm for anything veterinary (or anything really). Santa Barbara will not be the same. Ever. Karen R.

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Lynda

Ron treated all of our dogs with laughter, depth of knowledge and compassion. My heart breaks at this unnecessary loss. His family and the St Francis staff are in my heart and prayers.

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Becky Kelber

It is with great sadness that we read of Dr. Faoro's passing today. Our deepest condolences to his wife and daughter and our prayers go out to them for strength and healing during this very difficult time. To all the staff at St Francis, we send our love and deepest sympathies to each and every one of you from Dexter, Ted, Sophie and I. May time help heal and may all of the wonderful memories of such a marvelous man and mentor help you all as you move forward with his mission for exemplary care to all animals

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Gena Broussard, D.V.M.

My staff and I at Oak Park Veterinary Hospital wish to join in offering our deepest condolences to the family and co-workers of Dr. Ron Faoro. I had the pleasure of getting to know Ron through the Santa Barbara-Ventura Veterinary Medical Association during the years we both served on the board. He was a wonderful member of the veterinary community and a genuinely warm and friendly man. I am deeply saddened by his loss, and my heart goes out to his family and friends.

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Kathy Mintzer

I was shocked & saddened to hear about Dr. Faoro. I drove up from LA many years ago for a surgery for my cat that he did. My BFF worked there and totally trusted him and his care which I quickly came to as well. When we moved to SB, St Francis became our clinic with Dr. Faoro treating all our animals with such kindness and compassion. Years ago, we talked about his love of paragliding & shortly after I heard about an accident on the news. When I called the clinic for an appt they said he would be on leave for awhile & I said please don't tell me that was Dr. Faoro on the news. Yes it was, but he healed and returned thankfully. This time he wasn't as lucky and all that knew him, 2 & 4 legged alike will greatly miss a wonderful man and vet. May all the wonderful memories of him give his loved ones some comfort during this difficult time!

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Ryan Whitlow

I am in total disbelief that Ron is gone. He was a great mentor and friend to me. The world was a better place with Ron in it and we will all feel the loss of this great man. He will truly be missed.

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Debbie Larsen-Walker

Elizabeth and Sierra, please know that your friends at Holy Cross School love you and have you and Ron in our prayers.

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Alison and Lester Leslie

Love to you Elizabeth, Sierra and St Francis'staff-
Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. May you all find peace as you heal,knowing that Ron is and always will be with you, watching, and sometimes guiding you! The Leslie, Malinoff and Arnold families will miss, but will remember "Our Vet and family friend Ron" Elizabeth, I can tell you mom Genetta if not at the front of the gate 1st, she was pushing her way through to get there! Know that Ron was loved by our family! XO

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Lynne Adelman

On behalf of myself and everyone at Henry Schein Animal Health our deepest condolences for the loss of Dr. Faoro. He will be deeply missed by all. We will,keep,you all in our prayers

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Deena Case-Pall, Ph.D.

We have all heard of the Rainbow Bridge. I envision all of the animals whose lives were saved or extended by Dr Faoro's skillful care eagerly waiting for him at the Bridge, with bright happy eyes and wagging tails. All of us will miss him greatly, but I have the feeling that he is in very good company.

My warmest thoughts go out to his family and the entire St. Francis family as well. We have all been enriched by knowing him.

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Lisa Fenderson

Elizabeth and Sierra, our whole family mourns with you. We will miss Ron and his kindness and generosity.You both reflect the light he brought to your community. We are grateful for Sierra's safety. We will be praying as you embark on this journey of healing. My parents send their love.

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Lisa Daymude

My sincere condolences to the family, friends, colleagues and clients of Dr. Faoro.

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Dave Dawson, D.V.M.

Dr. Faoro's untimely passing was a big loss for all of us in the veterinary community as well as for me personally. Ron passionately defended pets as well as the veterinary profession in his many years serving his colleagues, clients and our pets.
I met Ron as a veterinary student serving as a representative at the CVMA. He was one of few veterinarians that reached out to students, inviting (and even paying for)them to go to lunch. He sought out their voice and challenged those of us to think critically about our positions.
As a veterinarian, Ron was a very practical and capable practitioner that instantly created trust, knowing you would get an honest opinion. He often created black and white out of complicated matters, distilling valuable information to those in time of need. His compassion for animals was equally as strong as his Sicilian passion and many pets and their people benefited over the years by knowing him.
He will be deeply missed by all of us who were fortunate enough to know such a man. Our thoughts are with his large network of family and friends....

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Fitz Family

We have been with St Francis Pet Clinic since 1997. We adopted our dog Max from DAWG and loved St. Francis. Max was well taken care of and at 161 lbs. he lived to be 13 years old. We moved out of the Santa Barbara area but returned and went directly to St. Francis with our 9 lb dog, Bob. Bob had bladder stones just weeks ago. Dr. Faoro was absolutely wonderful. He called several times to discuss Bob situation. Needless to say, Dr. Faoro and staff operated on Bob and he has made a full recovery. My family is heart sick over the loss of Dr. Faoro. We will never forget how kind he was to our Bob and to our kids who were desperately concerned about Bob. Dr. Faoro and his wonderful staff took care of Bob and put us all at ease. He will truly be missed by our family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Faoro's family and St. Francis doctors and staff.
Dan, Wendy, Sam, Maddie, Bob, Ella & Tilly.

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Fitz Family

We have been with St Francis Pet Clinic since 1997. We adopted our dog Max from DAWG and loved St. Francis. Max was well taken care of and at 161 lbs. he lived to be 13 years old. We moved out of the Santa Barbara area but returned and went directly to St. Francis with our 9 lb dog, Bob. Bob had bladder stones just weeks ago. Dr. Faoro was absolutely wonderful. He called several times to discuss Bob situation. Needless to say, Dr. Faoro and staff operated on Bob and he has made a full recovery. My family is heart sick over the loss of Dr. Faoro. We will never forget how kind he was to our Bob and to our kids who were desperately concerned about Bob. Dr. Faoro and his wonderful staff took care of Bob and put us all at ease. He will truly be missed by our family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Faoro's family and St. Francis doctors and staff.
Dan, Wendy, Sam, Maddie, Bob, Ella & Tilly.

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Theriault family

My heart breaks for Elizabeth, Sierra, Ron's Mom and sisters. Ron lived life to the fullest and will be deeply missed.
Robin, Haley, Bella, Beau, Swanky, Herbie, Nala, Max, and Gypsy.

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Marilyn Rabin

My daughter worked in his clinic for a while and I had the privalege to meet ithis special man. I am so saddened by the news and the loss to the community, his friends, the staff at the hospital, and most of all to his family. He will be missed by everyone who was fortunate to know him.
Marilyn Rabin

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Cynthia Bowie

So sorry for your loss and grateful for Dr. Faoro and his work and passion for Santa Barbara and the mountains his daughter is named for. Please let us know on your site if we can do any small thing other than to keep her and her mother in our thoughts. Cynthia (Wisehart) Bowie

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Joanne Moy

My condolences to Dr. Faoro's family and his staff at St. Francis. The news of his passing brings enormous sadness. His wonderful clinic provides a caring environment that I am so grateful for. Our thoughts are with his family and staff. Joanne, Gerard & Sophie

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Beth BoyntonDVM

Our whole community holds the Faoro family in our hearts. Words cannot express the sadness we feel for such a tragic death. May we all pull together and bring his memory forward to live in good deeds.

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Steve Hoegerman and Caramel Swirl

My kitty and I, and everyone in Parliamo, the Italian Group, will all miss Ron profoundly. Thinking of Elizabeth and Sierra.

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Tiziana

I did my first and only paragliding in 2010 with Ron during my time in Santa Barbara. He was a professional, enthusiasts and lovely man. Our flight together will be always in my most beautiful memories.
Thank you Ron.

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Kathy Weiler Herrera

Elizabeth and Sierra,
We just today heard of this tragic accident. We are so deeply saddened by your loss. Please know that Orlando, Isabel, John and I are keeping you and your entire family at St. Francis in our thoughts.

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Santa Barbara County Animal Services

We are deeply saddened by the loss of this generous man, wonderful veterinarian, mentor and friend to people and animals. Our heartfelt condolences to Elizabeth, Sierra and the St. Francis family as well. We fondly remember his work and the unique and caring way he touched all of our lives.
Jan and the staff and volunteers of Animal Services

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Cathie

I am deeply saddened for his family and the St Francis Clinic and community. We have lost a great person. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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St. Francis Pet Clinic

Thank you to all the friends and family that have written such wonderful things about Ron Faoro on our website and our facebook page. We are asking anyone who has a speical story/stories to tell about Dr. Faoro please write it here so that his family can continue to read the caring thoughts you have about him. Feel free to write as much as you want!

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LaDonna Suttle

My deepest sympathy and comfort to all of us, who will forever keep in our hearts, the love and caring, that Dr. Faoro shared with us and our pet families. When I brought Woody in he even showed me a picture and made a copy at my request that clearly demonstrated why a procedure I was requesting couldn't be done.
And only last week, while we were traveling to Albuquerque, he called back to follow up on a visit our pet sitter had made. He kept the pet all day at the office for observation while we were out of town. He followed up with another phone call when we got back in to town. Dr. Faoro was working with more than pets, he realized that the connection, we have with our pets, heals more than pets - it heals our hearts, minds, and soul. Pets truly are a big part of our community family, and so Dr. Faoro will be also.

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Patrick Harris

As Friends Go
“Jesus, Mary, Joseph,” the kid kept saying, “Jesus, Mary, Joseph.”

I hadn’t met him yet. We were both nine years old. I later learned he had a March birthday while mine was in February. Mr. Prasch, the fifth grade teacher had just come into our 4th grade classroom at Holy Cross School to tell us that President Kennedy had been assassinated. What did that mean?

“It means he’s dead,” the kid sitting next to me said. “If you say Jesus, Mary, Joseph, it will help his soul move through Purgatory. But you have to say it 500 times.”

This was Ron Faoro, a boy with Italian parents. His father’s name was Edo. Funny, what you remember now that Ron is also dead.

I got a phone call on Dr. Keil’s birthday, which would have been his 203rd, which also doesn’t mean anything to anyone who doesn’t know where I work. It was late in the evening and I was readying myself for bed. I had been expecting a return call from a friend in Joseph but she’s busy these days and hadn’t got back to it for two days, and so when the phone rang (or whatever the hell it does these days) I answered expecting to hear a voice from Joseph.

But no. “This is a blast from your past,” she said, and I had to keep her talking to help with my identification. “Been a long time,” I ventured. “Yes, I have some sad news.”

It was Susie, my girlfriend from high school, a friend from those days before I had feelings, and so was set free, the two of us going off into our own histories.

“Ron Faoro was killed in a hang gliding accident in California,” she said. “He was with his 16 year old daughter who survived.”

At the end of our Junior year I had been hired at Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour. Susie had just asked me if I loved her. I didn’t give the right answer. With my first job, I got a Rambler, and despite the fact that we were no longer dating, I was part of a foursome with her of friends who took turns driving to high school. We lived in North Portland, our North Catholic High School had burned down a year before that, and so a group of us decided to go to LaSalle High school which was located in Milwaukie, Oregon. As a kid growing up in Portland, it would never have occurred to me to go to Milwaukie for any other reason.

Ron Faoro had broke up with his girlfriend also. Her name was Pam. We were the carpool foursome.

Picture that.

Fifteen years ago, through some happenstance I can’t recall, Ron and I briefly connected again. We wrote a series of letters to each other. “On loose leaf,” he said when receiving my first, “my favorite.”
I caught him up with my life and he caught me up with his. “I never imagined that you would become a curator and a writer,” he said. “Rather, I see you ripping line drives down the third base line instead of composing epic poems.

He had become a veterinarian, a quite successful one in Santa Barbara. He had just married and they had a little girl named Elizabeth.

Our letters went over the old times. Our sixth grade teacher Mr. Hannon, just 24 years old then, used to come into the classroom and say “Any questions, comments or reservations?” I remember that to this day and so did Ron. “I say that when I go into my staff meetings,” Ron wrote. “He was a real touchstone in our lives.”

Ten years before that I saw Mr. Hannon at our 25th school reunion. I introduced myself and he said: “I would recognize you anywhere. Have you become a writer?”

All these things we know about each other but never say.

“We were cerebral blood brothers of sorts,” Ron concluded.

Indeed, we were.

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Adine Maron

With extreme sadness at Ron's passing I offer my condolences to his family and all who knew him. Ron had been my vet since he came to Santa Barbara. He took great care of my pets (Clancy, Trilby, Peanut, Henry, and Shadow). His compassion (and humor) will be greatly missed.

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Rick Slade

First the first time in several years I I was lucky enough to cross Ron's path the day before his passing. It ways Happy Hour and we talked for a few minutes about our co-ed volleyball days with our volley doll wives. Lucky to have experienced the time we shared

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Rick Slade

First the first time in several years I I was lucky enough to cross Ron's path the day before his passing. It ways Happy Hour and we talked for a few minutes about our co-ed volleyball days with our volley doll wives. Lucky to have experienced the time we shared

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Karen Rabin, dvm

Today i woke up with a distinct feeling that something was missing. As I became more conscious, I remembered that today is a day without Dr Faoro on the planet. Few souls walk this earth that truly make an impact in a palpable way. Life in Santa Barbara after Rons disappearance is akin to life without trees. Or life without wires. It's as if something we don't often see is gone.

Few souls walk the earth and truly make a big impact. It takes a big spirit or as we say "an old soul" to fill a space where those who came on contact with them feel changed for having them in their life.

Rob was one of those souls.

When you talked to Ron, or shared a case with him, or addresses an issue - large or small... You walked away with a changed vision.

Dr Dawson was accurate when he wrote that Rob had a way of distilling things down into their essence and presenting them in black and white.

Sometimes the issues were a bit altered by his viewpoint, but always ... They were altered so that the good prevealed or the underdog came out on top.

He was a champion for then pets that could not speak for themselves.

He had strong opinions and would voice them but you could count on the fact that his opinion was skewed toward the weak or less fortunate coming out as the victor.

He was a strong proponent of the notoriously under valued and under appreciated veterinary technician becoming licensed and recognized and paid more of what they were worth

He was a strong believer in getting involved and "doing" instead of just waiting for changes to happen.

He encouraged us to get involved.

He dragged me to my first Ca Veterinary Association a Meeting (about which he was passionate). I had never been to one and as we rode in the car with him to Ventura, he talked about the issues of the day and questioned until we were all eager to get there and hear how it would turn out... He was like that. I was proud to be part of his hospital team that day.

He encouraged those who worked for him to know the facts and not just stand by and let decisions be made for you but take an active part in being a representative by knowing the issues and taking a stance on the side that would create the most change for the better.

Oh, and on the way to that meeting, he insisted on driving... my car -- because I had my husbands BMW 740i and he had never driven one... He had to know what all the fuss was about and he concluded that it really wasn't such a big deal after all. He drove very fast just to be sure!

He appreciated our differences and would always quiz us about why we thought a certain way or why we did some thing differently.

I remember his dog (but not her name) who was a little ornery. She would sleep Under the desks and would sometime snap at someone who tried to move her or pet her. R. Would gaze at her kindly and say something protective like "yeah, she sometimes has a bad day" .... But he loved her for who she was and respected her despite her flaws.

Like all of us.

Knowing him or spending any time in his presence meant being dragged along on a journey with whatever he was working on because you couldn't not be affected by his enthusiasm.

He made those who worked with him better at what they did. You knew that he would expect a lot from you and even if you shook your head because you had to do it a certain way, we didn't mind because we knew Ron had a vision of how it should be and we were willing to help form that vision.

His smile was earned and infectious.

That he loved his family fiercely could not go unnoticed. He would melt when he spoke about Seirra and would leave the listener also cheering for her as his love and belief was palpable.

Ron and Elizabeth were one of those too rare these days couples who were truly stronger together than apart. They were the perfect compliment to each other and it was easy to want to be around them.

I can't imagine the pain of loss these two must be feeling.

The relief that Seirra somehow survived and is ok matches the sadness of the loss we have all suffered.

We are fortunate to have Rons family with us still and I am sure we will all be quick to stand with them as they travel this surreal and painful path through the days ahead without Ron.

Seirra is so much like her dad.
Elizabeth was so much like one with him.
We will forever have Ron with us through his spirit that is part of his family.

As impossible as it is for us to understand why things happen and how will we go on without someone we have known and loved amongst us... History and life shows us that we can. And we will.

But we will also be changed forever for having known and lost the special friend that Ron was to all of us.

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Sally Mobraaten, VMD

Dr. Faoro left an indelible mark in our community and in all the lives, two and four legged, he helped and changed. I wish his family the strength and support needed to go on in a very different world than they have known.
I cannot help but feel Ron is still watching over them. When the eyewitness to the tragedy saw Sierra's flight path heading toward double tragedy, he then saw a gust of wind lift the glider and carry it into the trees, allowing her a kinder landing. I think Ron was still watching over his daughter.

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Diane Cannon

I was a client at St Francis Pet Clinic when Ron joined Karsten's staff. That was many years ago. I liked him immediately and I was as comfortable with him caring for my dogs as I was with Karsten. Over the years, I have been privileged to share my life with many rescues...Jamie, Alfie, Button, Willie, Katie, Duncan, Misty, Speedy, Fancy, Spunky, Daisy, Sunny, Lola, and Crosby. Dr. Faoro provided excellent and compassionate medical care to all of them. After so many years, he was more than my dog's vet but a personal friend as well. It is unreal that he is no longer here. My heart goes out to his family and the staff at St. Francis Pet Clinic. His passing is a significant loss to us all. God speed dear Ron!

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Ian G Holsworth BVSc

We say goodbye to a caring and compassionate man who worked hard in many aspects of life to help others, support others and improve the lives of others. Human and other.
My thoughts are with his family as they work to accept Ron's passing and attempt to deal with the sadness and loss. A tireless advocate for his patients and his profession Ron will be sorely missed. Gone but never forgotten, rest in peace mate. igh

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Barbara Yaffee

Dr Ron Faoro was an extraordinary and amazing man whose compassion and caring was boundless. He always made us feel like our kitties were the MOST special, and I know that he did that for every animal he cared for.

When our kitty Xena was a kitten, we were told by another vet that she would like contract the same disease her brother had died from and that she wouldn’t make it. But Dr Faoro grabbed her by the cheeks, rubbed noses with her, and looked her in the eyes and said, in that no nonsense, tough love manner he had, ‘We are not going to let you die’. He changed her universe, and ours, and here she is 12 years later in great health.

When our kitty Harley was just a few months old, we were told by other vets that he wouldn’t live to be even a year old. Dr Ron took him under his wing with an unwavering commitment. He spent hours of his own time exploring Harley’s case, providing treatment, and giving us all the tools we needed to keep Harley healthy and happy. When Harley was 3 years old, the experts thought he might not make it 7 years old. But again, Dr Ron kept at it. When Harley reached 7 years old, Doc Faoro still had confidence he would live a long and healthy life, in spite of what we were told by others.

When Harley was 10, again, the experts said he barely had a 50/50 chance of being alive in 2 years. Thanks to Dr Ron, here we are 3 years later, and Harley is going strong. Dr F spent hours and hours of his own time, talking to experts, considering Harley’s condition, trying anything and everything, and most importantly, he never gave up hope or possibility. With love, experience, wisdom, time, energy and caring, he gave us all the tools we need and he has kept Harley alive and happy all of these years.

Dr. Ron called me regularly to check in on Harley. He always wanted to be sure that he was doing well, he kept us up to date with new information, and he was always checking in to be sure that we were on the right track. He trusted us and believed us and was willing to learn along with us regarding what was the best treatment and direction to go.

It is so hard to believe that I am never again going to get that 7am phone call from him saying ‘and How’s Harley doing today?’. In all of this, I would never have believed that Harley would outlive Dr Ron; and if it wasn’t for him, Harley wouldn’t be with us today.

I feel truly blessed and thankful to have known him, and we miss him. Every time I pet Harley, and our other kitties, I am truly grateful for the difference he made in our lives and the lives of so many.

There are no words to describe the loss of this great man to his family, his community, and to each of us as well as the animals who he cared for, treated, saved, and loved unconditionally. I can truly say that he was our friend, a true healer, a great man, and yes, a Santa Barbara Hero.

Much love and gratitude to you Dr Ron. You will be sorely missed.
Barbara & Masen Yaffee
Harley, Xena, & Spike

Apr 23, 2015 Arrow1 Down Reply
Diana M. Ferrari

It is only now that I can write to express my deepest sadness and sympathies to Dr. Faoro's family.
We are complelety heart broken . Dr. Faoro was our veterinarian since the 80s a beuatiful man and wonderful doctor. We miss him so.
We send our love to all the staff and other verterenarian's there at the clinic.
Sadly I brought our cat Lucy for her check-up only a month ago. During that visit Ron so happily talked with me about turning 60 and his plans for going though his bucket list......I said slow down you have plenty of time for all those things. I wonder now about his sense of urgency.
Thanks Ron for all you brought to your work.
Our love, Diana, Daniel and Lucy

May 03, 2015 Arrow1 Down Reply
Janice Powell

Great Vets touch so many lives at the most poignant times of those lives, whether two legged or four.
Dr. Faoro was one such.
Those who knew him are blessed.







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