Jason Thomas Gilbride, age 25, passed away unexpectedly on Christmas morning, 2015, as a passenger in an auto accident.
He was born May 1, 1990 at Children’s Hospital in San Francisco. He lived his whole life in Pacifica, where he attended Sharp Park Elementary School, Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School and Terra Nova High School where he graduated in 2008.
He came to James Caccia Plumbing, Inc in May 2015 to begin his plumbing career as an apprentice. He said that that, ‘the flow of water and the mechanics of heating water had always been fascinating to him’, and was excited to learn a trade to better his life.
Rico Medina with James Caccia Plumbing Inc. said, ‘Jason had an infectious smile, and his strong work ethic and willingness to learn made him a rising star at our organization.’
Executive Vice President of PHCC of California, Tracy Threlfall met Jason in 2015. ‘I was struck by what a great attitude Jason had’, said Threlfall. ‘We were creating a workforce development brochure, and Jason wanted other people to know why the plumbing trade was a great trade to belong to. He was excited to be involved in lifelong learning, and gave us a line in our brochure: ‘I got into plumbing because I knew it would always be around’.
Jason’s passion for life touched so many. He loved and enjoyed fishing, golf, concerts and most of all – hanging out with his friends. He had a loving girlfriend, Salwa Jarrar, with whom he shared two beautiful dogs, Oso and Halo. Jason is survived by his loving parents, Mike and Judy, and brother, Kevin. Other family members include Dan and Peggy Franco, Patrick and Francine Gilbride and Ken and Maureen Poggi; cousins include Kim, Kelly, Stacy, Scott, Chris and Jeffrey.
He was laid to rest at Cypress Lawn Cemetery in Colma on January 6, 2016. He was an avid San Francisco Giants fan which was evident by Jason’s jersey, and each one of his pallbearers wearing the same.
Medina said, ‘He wrote on his Facebook page, ‘Life is crazy… hug the ones you love’. None of us would imagine that 2 1/2 months later he would be gone, and how true those words would become. He will be missed, but not forgotten, and always be a part of the Caccia family.’
Donations in Jason’s name can be made to the Terra Nova High School athletic program.