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Kenneth Calegari

Kenneth Calegari

January 8, 1966 - October 23, 2016

Kenneth Calegari died unexpectedly in San Diego where he lived for the past 30 years. He leaves behind his wife Abby and children Alexandra and Grace. Ken was born in San Francisco, but raised in San Rafael, CA. He will be sorely missed by his parents, Ray and Kate Calegari; brothers, Kevin and Jeffrey; sister-in-law, Sheila, niece, Sophia; nephew, Luke; father-in-law, William Routson (Diane); sister-in-law, Carrie Durkin; and nieces, Lindsay and Kelsey Lawrence. Ken also leaves behind his loving aunts and uncles and many cousins. He graduated from Marin Catholic High School in 1984. He had the good fortune of being on their first championship football team in 1984, starting at cornerback. He also played on the MC varsity basketball team, where he was named MVP in his senior year. Ken always cherished the friends he made in high school. It was also during these years that he became an avid fan of the Warriors and 49ers and cheered them on until his final days.Ken went on to graduate from the University of San Diego in 1988. He was a business major and played rugby. He also developed several lifelong friendships during this time. After college, he started his career in real estate development. He spent the next 15 years helping shape many areas in Southern California including downtown San Diego's beautiful Gas Lamp District. During this time, he realized that development wasn't all he wanted to do, so he went back to school and earned his law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. While working part time and raising a family, he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was Valedictorian of his class.Ken started his law career as General Legal Counsel and partner with Champion Development Group from 2003 2008. After the recession hit development hard, Ken started Calegari Law Corporation, which was the culmination of many years of hard work. He had a unique perspective of being hands on in development and also understanding the legal side. In a sense, as his client's lawyer, he knew as much as they did about their own business.It's easy to list the accomplishments of Ken as a successful athlete, driven businessman, and respected attorney but that wouldn't truly capture his spirit. He shined in his most humble moments. Whether it was helping a friend through difficulties, offering free legal advice to those who couldn't afford it or supporting his daughters in their quest to become young women, he shined when his selfless acts were his motive. He often commented that he felt most alive when he had something to offer, and his daughters, Alex and Grace, would always hold that space in his heart. He so loved watching them grow up and excel in sports. It was his sincere hope that they would always have an opportunity to go to college, develop into beautiful and successful women and enjoy a long life. It is in this spirit that we will always remember Ken. A celebration of his life was held in San Diego. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a college fund for Ken's daughters, Alexandra and Grace, at This gesture would be one last great gift to a man taken before his time. REST IN PEACE KEN


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