In Memory of

Ralph

T.

Federici

Obituary for Ralph T. Federici

Ralph T. Federici passed away on Saturday, January 27, 2024. The oldest of three children born to Louis Federici and Erminia (DeRose) Federici on July 4, 1927. Ralph was born in Manhattan, but raised in Calabria, Italy for most of his childhood. The family settled in Westchester Square, The Bronx, where his father was the proprietor of the Three Corners Bar. This is where Ralph learned the value of hard work, honesty, integrity, completing what was started, the meaning of commitment along with the gift of gab. Traits that served him well is entire 96 years.

Ralph enjoyed playing baseball and made lifelong friends throughout is playing days. His teammate and best friend, Larry, thought Ralph would be interested in his cousin, Rose. Members of Bronx Beach and Pool, Larry and Ralph went to spend the day. As fate would have it, Rose was there with her friends, and Larry dared Ralph to throw her in the pool. Never one to pass up a dare, he lifted her up and attempted to throw her in. He was rewarded with scratches on his neck and a firm slap across the face. But their fates were sealed. From that time on, Ralph and Rose spent the next 82 years together.

Married in 1948, the young couple embarked on a what would become a full, rewarding life that included three daughters, five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. The 4th of July celebrations in their Bronx yard were epic birthday celebrations for Ralph filled with family, friends and an abundance of food. Rose and Ralph were lifelong residents of the Bronx before relocating to Carmel, NY to be closer to their brood. They traveled the world with a group of friends building memories they cherished and shared with family

A veteran of the US Navy, Ralph spent a career as a member of the Operating Engineers union, taking part in constructing some of the most iconic buildings in Manhattan and The Bronx. He was a member of the Santa Maria Council of Knights of Columbus, having been named Grand Knight, and attaining the level of 3rd degree. The Santa Maria Knights bowling team was a tight knit group of five who enjoyed many years of bowling and comradery throughout the years. Ralph’s love of baseball was a natural entre to being a fan of the NY Giants – although his allegiance transferred to the NY Mets once the Giants moved west, his love for the Giants never left him as he scoured the NL standings throughout the baseball season hoping his beloved Giants would prevail.

A beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and great-uncle, Ralph was loved and will be missed by many. He is pre-deceased by the love of his life, Rose, his siblings, his first-born daughter, extended relatives and close friends. He is survived by his daughters, Gerianne (Jerry) O’Rourke of Kent Lakes, Vickie (Jim) Causa of Carmel, five grandchildren and their spouses, nine great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
‘Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. And when he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” - Clarence from It’s A Wonderful Life.
"In lieu of flowers, donations to St Jude's Hospital for Children in Ralph's name would be appreciated".