Redwood Chapel

847 Woodside Road, Redwood City, CA


Roland Edward Giannini

June 9, 1931October 21, 2011


Passed away peacefully on October 21, 2011 at the age of 80. Roland was born June 9, 1931 in San Francisco to Thomas R. and Susie A. Giannini. Beloved husband of Celeste Giannini, his loving wife of 53 years; loving father to Daniel Paul, Laura Michele and Michael Joseph and daughter-in-law Kelly Ann; devoted grandfather to Meagan Anne and Kevin Arthur; brother-in-law to Jack and Margy deFigueiredo, and Shirley Giannini. He was preceded in death by both loving brother Thomas Giannini Jr. and sister Josephine Riviello.

Roland grew up in Redwood City and attended Mount Carmel Elementary School, graduating from Sequoia High School in 1949, and from San Jose State in 1953. He then joined the U.S. Naval Reserve, serving during the Korean conflict, and ultimately retired as a U.S. Naval Reserve Commander in 1977. After his tour of duty, Roland returned to Redwood City and married Celeste deFigueiredo in 1958. He worked in the San Mateo County's Assessor's office as a Real Estate Appraiser and advanced to positions of increasing responsibility before becoming Chief Appraiser in 1972. In 1978, Roland was elected San Mateo County Assessor, a position he held for 15 years.

Roland was very active within his profession and community. He taught Real Estate Appraisal at the College of San Mateo, was a member of the Redwood City Rotary Club, and was also politically active. Upon retiring as Assessor, he served 8 years as a member of the Redwood City Planning Commission where he was involved in the advancement of a number of city projects. As a member of the San Mateo County Historical Association, he contributed to the expansion of the San Mateo County Historical Museum located in the former courthouse in downtown Redwood City. Roland was a member of a number of social and service clubs, including Opus of San Mateo, the Redwood City Elks Lodge, the American Legion Post 105, and the Military Officers Association of America. He also enjoyed a rich social life as an active member of the Peninsula Italian American Social Club of San Mateo.

Roland and Celeste loved to travel. Every summer they took their children on family vacations, driving throughout the country and visiting many of the national parks and historical landmarks across the United States. They enjoyed their wedding anniversaries in Mexico and traveled extensively throughout Europe. After the grandchildren arrived, Roland took the entire family on trips to Portugal and Italy, researching the family roots. Roland and Celeste also had a second home in Arnold, California where they enjoyed fishing, wine tasting, and exploring the rich history of the Sierra gold country.

Family and friends are invited to visit on Thursday, October 27th from 3:00-7:00pm, with rosary services beginning at 7:00pm, at Redwood Chapel, 847 Woodside Road, Redwood City. A funeral mass will be held in his honor on Friday, October 28th, at 10:00am at St. Pius Church, 1100 Woodside Road, Redwood City. The burial service will follow at the Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, 22555 Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos. A reception will follow at the Redwood City Elks Lodge, 938 Wilmington Way, Redwood City.


  • Visitation Thursday, October 27, 2011
  • Roland Edward Giannini Thursday, October 27, 2011
  • Funeral Service Friday, October 28, 2011
  • Roland Edward Giannini Friday, October 28, 2011


Roland Edward Giannini

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Diana Post

October 30, 2011

Dear Celeste and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I enjoyed working with Roland in the Assessor's Office. He will be missed by all.

October 27, 2011

Dear Celeste: I hope you remember me. I first met you when I represented Roland as his political attorney many years ago. I just wanted to tell you that I was saddened to see the obituary in the paper. I had a strong positive feeling for Roland over these many years. He was an exceptional person and a truly dedicated public servant. I liked Roland very much and mourn his passing. He left behind a great legacy and you and your family should be left with great pride about the things Roland accomplished in his life, the man that he was, and the love and respect he left behind. Be well and keep good memories. Peter Bagatelos

Jim and Elaine Dal Bon

October 27, 2011

Roland served his country, state and county as a dedicated professional committed to the highest standards.
During our professional careers it was a privilege to serve alongside him for many years in the often challenging task of administering property tax law. In retirement we enjoyed discussing world travel and current affairs. His passing is a loss to all.

Ronald Estes

October 27, 2011

Dear Celeste and Family, I was saddened to hear about Roland passing. My father (Jack) had many fond memories of his days with the folks in the Assessors Office and with Roland. I am not sure if you knew, that Dad passed on June 8th of this year, he was 91.

My best to you and your family, Ronald Estes

Al Carlson

October 26, 2011

Celeste & Family
Roland was an inspiration as the San Mateo County Assessor.
How can we ever forget Roland, as he had strong opinions on
issues. He always added life to the CAA meetings .Roland will
be missed by all.
In Sympathy, Al & Marian Carlson

Duane Sandul

October 25, 2011

I met Roland in the early 1970s and then in 1978 covered his campaign against Tom Collins for election as Assessor. You would have thought a name like Tom Collins would make Roland an underdog, but his personality and ability to speak publicly carried him to victory on Election Day. He was enthusiastic about his job as Assessor and his service to Redwood City for all those many years. You might not always have agreed with Roland, but you always knew you could have an honest debate on an issue, and an issue remained that; it didn't effect how it treated or regarded people. He'll be missed.

jim clifford

October 25, 2011

A warm, outgoing guy with a fine sense of humor. He obviously enjoyed life to the fullest.

Debbie Nicholas

October 25, 2011

Celeste and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Roland was a wonderful member of the peninsula community and will be greatly missed.


Baby Roland


As a boy


Roland with his father, brother, sister and his brother-in-law


Roland with his parents


A young Roland


Roland in the Navy


Roland and Celeste at their first home


Roland with his young family