SSF founder Steve San Filippo dies

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Steve San Filippo, founding partner of Sensiba San Filippo LLP and Sensiba San Filippo Financial Advisors, died unexpectedly Oct. 9, at the age of 67.

San Filippo founded SSF in his home in 1977 and grew it into one of the top 25 firms on the West Coast. Known as Ireland San Filippo until 2009, the firm expanded to six offices in the Bay Area, with 22 partners and over 200 staff. It was also the first CPA firm in California to be certified as a B corporation.

“My friend Steve provided me an opportunity to have a wonderful professional career and a wonderful life. As a result of his entrepreneurial spirit, we now provide 200 other people and their families the same opportunity at SSF,” said SSF managing partner John Sensiba in a statement. “We will carry on serving our families, communities and clients in his memory. There isn’t a way to fill the hole that is left by Steve’s passing. We will strive to honor his memory every day in the way that we treat others and the standards to which we hold ourselves. I miss my partner, my mentor and my friend.”

San Filippo was deeply involved in his community working with many youth organizations and serving on the boards of Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, the Sequoia Hospital Foundation and the Sequoia Hospital Board in Redwood City, among others. He also served as planning commissioner for the town of San Carlos.

He is survived by his wife, Julie, and three children: Marisa, Dominic and Joseph.

Details of services have not been finalized, but will be posted on his memorial page.

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