A lifetime Coastside resident, Daretha Canadas, born Dec. 20, 1943, succumbed to complications from pneumonia on Sept. 18, 2012, at home with loving family at her side.
She was a devoted mother, acclaimed businesswoman, avid athlete and forever a friend. She loved the Half Moon Bay Coastside and represented the values of the people and families that lived and grew up on the coast. She worked to promote programs, people and businesses that she felt were important to help the Coastside thrive while remaining sensitive to the values of the generations of families that came before her. She was pragmatic and optimistic and respected the fine balance between growth and preservation — a value dear to Coastsiders.
Whether she was traveling the nation with her softball team to play the “World Series Senior Games” (winning first place!), hitting the strip in Las Vegas for a little gambling, or just having dinner at one of her favorite local restaurants, she had a gift of making each person she met feel special. It was just her way. Her vibrant smile, open personality and warmth radiated to those around her.
Her true joys were her family and friends, and they were blessed to share many beloved times with her. She inspired everybody with her infinite wisdom, knowledge and irresistible laughter.
Daretha is survived by her children, Kristene Canadas (fiancé Bobby Dal Porto) and Tony Canadas (spouse Debbie Canadas); by her grandchildren Jacob and Sophia Garibaldi; by her brothers and sisters Larry Abbott (spouse Kristine Lintt), Rita Torres, Linda O’Sullivan (spouse John O’Sullivan), and Rick Abbott (spouse Elia Abbott); by her nephews and nieces Tom and Ted Abbott (spouse Jessica Abbott), Timothy Torres (spouse Marcy Torres), and Ashley and Audrey Abbott; and by her great-niece and great-nephew Brianna Torres and Aiden Russell. She is also survived by her longtime companion, Joe Ramos.
Daretha was a strong woman with a keen sense of humor and a loving heart. She will be greatly missed but lovingly remembered. She will forever be our friend and in our hearts.
A celebration of her life will be held at 4 p.m., Nov. 3, 2012, in the Grand Ballroom at the Oceano Hotel & Spa, Half Moon Bay, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund has been set up to be awarded to a member of the Half Moon Bay High School softball team. Please send donations to: Daretha Canadas Scholarship at Wells Fargo Bank, 132 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019