July 10, 1948 - December 16, 2020 (age 72)
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 was the day that the Lord chose to call Ronald Richard (Ron) Caleffi home. Ron was born on July 10, 1948 to Richard Caleffe and Mary Caleffe (McDonald). Ron was a preemie that day but grew into a 6-foot 3-inch gentle giant. He was joined soon after by his siblings and lifelong friends: Robert Caleffe (Bob), Nancy Caleffe Schenck and Jeanne Caleffe Maish. Ron and his siblings loved playing together and exploring their beloved hometown of Burgettstown, PA. They went fishing and swimming at Raccoon Creek State Park. Ron loved poker games which instilled a lifelong competitive streak in him. Ron had a great sense of humor and laughed a lot. He often said, “I only kid people I like.” This led him to doing impressions which people fondly remember.
Ron was a devout man who was strong in his faith. He was a member of West Hills Christian Church and later Bellevue Christian Church. Tom Morgart introduced Ron to the Bible and the Christian Church. He loved the Easter pageant and portrayed the Roman guard several times (and Judas Iscariot once!)
Behind every great man is a great woman. That was certainly the case with Ron. He met Mary Coyle on her 25th birthday and they were married the following year on April 28, 1973.
Ron was an entrepreneur and salesman. He worked in auto sales, chemical sales and food sales. Eventually he discovered his true calling which was real estate. He bought houses, sold houses, rehabbed houses and managed several properties.
Ron loved the ocean and was an excellent body surfer. He spent one summer in college working in Ocean City, NJ so he could be in the ocean whenever he was not working. He spent another college summer in Hawaii where he learned to surf. Following college graduation, he travelled solo in Europe for three months to visit those beautiful beaches.
On February 13, 1976 Ron began a new journey of being a father. He had four children: Molly Caleffi Czuwara (David), Jim Caleffi (Stephanie DeFrancesco), Sally Caleffi Fulkert (Marc) and Steve Caleffi (Yannee). He coached their soccer teams. All of the kids loved attending Indian guides and Indian princesses with him through the YMCA. He was a mentor to his kids, son-in-laws and daughter-in-laws in many ways too numerous to count.
On November 22, 2010 Ron received a new title of grandfather. He had five grandchildren: Roman Fulkert, Adam & Rachel Czuwara and Alex & Soreya Leonard. He would play with his grandkids on their level. He played board games with the Leonard kids. Roman and Grandpa would talk for hours about football, watch movies and of course watch the Steelers. The Czuwara children loved going to Grandpa’s house for sleepovers. They could often be found working in his office. That consisted of sharpening pencils, coloring pictures and moving the office chairs up and down. When you had a character like Ron and a childlike wonder you could be entertained for hours.
The world is a sadder place without him in it, even though we know he is in a better place now. His family is comforted by the fact that we will never run out of Ron Caleffi stories to tell.
Friends will be received January 9, 2021 from 1 pm – 4 pm at Copeland Funeral Home, 981 Brodhead Rd, Moon Township, PA 15108. Due to the current health crisis, masks and social distancing are required. A private memorial service will be held by the family. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute. https://www.upmc.com/services/heart-vascular/upmc-difference/about/giving
"I used to pray for answers, but now I'm praying for strength. I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things." (Mother Teresa)
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