Ralph Firenze
  • VA Community Living Center
    800 Irving Avenue, 8th Floor
    Syracuse, NY 13210

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It is with great sorrow that the family of Rafael "Ralph" Pietro Firenze, 80 of Fulton announces his passing on Sunday, April 14 at the VA Medical Center in Syracuse after a long fight and courageous battle with heart disease. He was born in Fulton, NY on July 26, 1932 to Pietro and Mary (Ditoro) Firenze. Ralph was a loving, honest, intelligent and humble man. He made an impression on everyone he met with his kindness. He was a graduate of Fulton High School and attended C.C.B.I. in Syracuse. After completing his course work he joined the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, Ralph attended North Dakota School of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota majoring in clerical services. He was stationed abroad in Korea and Japan as well as several air bases across the States. He especially enjoyed his time spent in Japan and Spokane, Washington. Ralph served in the United States Air Force from October 1951 until his honorable discharge in January of 1958 with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Ralph enjoyed gardening and woodworking, but more than anything, spending time with his family. He was predeceased by his loving daughter Charlene and her husband Brad in 1979, and by his beloved granddaughter Alison in 1994. Ralph has been a widower since 1998 when he lost his wife and the love of his life, Ruth, whom he married on September 10, 1949. He was also predeceased by his brother, Paul and sister, Josephine.
He is survived by his daughter, Dawn and her companion Anthony, his son Gary and his companion Joan; two brothers, Louis (Bonnie) and Peter; two sisters, Carmella and Christine (Gary); his grandsons, Gary Lee (Maria), William (Cylest, Brianna), Kevin (Stacy), Geoffrey (Ashley); his granddaughters, Christy (Joseph), Beth Rene (Robert) and Morgan Raye; his great-grandsons, Austin, Alex, Ethan, Saverio, Mason, and Dante; his great-granddaughters, Giuliana, Kylee, Gabriella, Mackenzie, Giana, and Alexandria; his nephew Geno; his ex-daughter-in-law, Trudy and many nieces, nephews and great friends.
For the past several weeks Ralph had been living on the 8th floor of the VA Hospital in Syracuse where he was staying in the Hospice wing of the Community Living Center. Ralph was very fond of the employees at both the Syracuse and Oswego VA and had developed friendships with many of the staff there. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff for their competent and loving care. We are forever grateful to you all, for taking care of our loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, Ralph.
Calling hours for friends and family are from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, Fulton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 19th at Holy Trinity Church, corner of Rochester & South Third Streets, Fulton. A luncheon for family and friends will be held 12:00 noon at Holy Trinity Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the VA Community Center, 800 Irving Avenue, 8th Floor, Syracuse, NY 13210.