Ralph R. CioffiDecember 26,2012Ralph R. Cioffi
NAPLES, Fla. — Ralph R. Cioffi, 90, of Naples, Florida, passed away on December 15, 2012.
He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather.
He will be sorely missed.
Ralph was born on May 31, 1922, in Rutland, VT, son of Mariano and Benedetta Cioffi.
He attended Rutland schools and graduated from Rutland High School.
Ralph proudly served in the United States Air Corps during WWII, 1940-1944.
Upon his return, he was employed at Howe Scale in Rutland, and later went on to the American Tobacco Company.
He married Carmela Alfonso in 1946, in Rutland. In 1958, he moved the family to Burlington, VT. While in Burlington, he owned and operated Alfonso’s Restaurant for many years. Located on the corner of Main and Church, it was a popular dining spot for college students. He also spent many years working at Farrell Distributors in Burlington.
In 1978, the family moved to Naples, FL, where Ralph and his wife Carmela owned and operated Alfonso’s Italian Deli, and Capt’N Kidd Car Wash.
He was an avid golfer and enjoyed many golf outings with family and friends.
Ralph was predeceased by his grandson, Sean Patrick Waldron in 1992, brothers Al Michael in 2008, and Alberico in 2009, and sister-in-law Sue Cioffi in 2004.
Survivors include his wife Carmela; five children and their spouses; Benna (Gary Denue), Donna (Martin Waldron), Sharon (Larry Joiner), Ralph Jr. (Phyllis), and Christopher (Marcelle); grandchildren, Brian, Jeffrey, Ryan, Justin, Zachary, Eric, Andrew, Ross, Kathryn, Nicole, Tara and Garrett; great-grandchildren, Oliver, Zoey, Presley and Dawson; sister Louise (Bernard) Lawrence; sisters-in-law, Barbara Cioffi, Mary Henrichon and Yolanda Clopton; brothers-in-law, Alfred Alfonso (Maxine) and Joe Alfonso (Ann); and numerous loving nieces and nephews.
Ralph’s grandchildren were the light of his life and he holds a very special place in all of their hearts.
Donations may be made to the Sean Patrick Waldron Lymphoma and Hematological Malignancies Fund, Vermont Cancer Center, 89 Beaumont Avenue, Burlington, VT 05405.
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