Steve A Riffero went peacefully to his spiritual home on the afternoon of September 9, 2021.
He was born in Santa Barbara, California, at St Francis Hospital on December 21, 1931 to Mauricio and Zefferina (Favro) Riffero.
He attended Franklin Elementary School, SBJH and SBHS.
Throughout his life, Steve volunteered with many organizations in Santa Barbara, including co-founding and leading a boy group at SB’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church called the Blue Jacket Club. To fund the activities and needs of the club and the boys, Steve would find organizations that needed extra work. As volunteer work was a primary focus of the club, the boys cleaned up beaches, parks, and the Fiesta Pancake breakfast. Each year, the Blue Jackets traveled to Mexico to bring food and clothing to families in need. In addition to their volunteer work, the Blue Jackets have enjoyed trips to Hollywood, theme parks, and other adventures under Steve’s guidance.
After retiring from the Santa Barbara Unified School District in the grounds maintenance department, Steve devoted every day of the week until his death to PATH, helping with meals and cleaning.
For most of his life Steve has been an active member of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, inaugurating every Sunday Mass until he was out of transportation, then dedicating himself to the Church. Church of Guadalupe.
He is predeceased by his parents, brother Richard Riffero, sister-in-law Emma Riffero and niece Gwyn Riffero Bailey (Paul) and survived by brother John H Riffero (deceased 28/12/21) and nephews Richard Riffero Jr and John H Riffero II (Pamela) and his niece Norma Jean Riffero Leifer (Vincent).
Steve’s entire life has been devoted to helping others.
The surviving members of the Blue Jackets Club care about his legacy.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Megan Young of the Family Service Agency.
A private mass at the Catholic Church of Guadalupe was held on 10/8/2021.
PATH Memorials, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Church, 227 N Nopal St, SB 93103, Santa Barbara Meals on Wheels PO Box 6099, SB, Calif 93160, or VNA-Health, 512 E. Gutierrez ST, SB, California 93103 are appreciated on his behalf.