Ralph Liporace, age 77, met the Lord peacefully in the comfort of his home with his loving family by his side on July 18, 2022, after a long courageous battle with Parkinson’s and cancer.
Ralph was born in Bronx, New York on May 13, 1945. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend to many.
Ralph was a proud family man. He was a loving father to his two daughters and son-in-laws: Olimpia Barone and her husband Filippo, Melissa Dacosta and her husband Joseph; proud grandfather to six grandchildren: Stefano, Giulia, Marco, Nicholas, Noah, and Nathan; and a loyal and faithful husband to his loving wife Maria for 49 years.
Besides spending time with his family, he devoted his life to the work of God, earnestly serving in the church ministry for nearly three decades, preaching and teaching the goodness, mercy, and love of God through Jesus Christ. Ralph had a successful career in tax and accounting for the State of New York, working as a mediator. He was a survivor of 9/11 at the World Trade Center, an event that impacted his career and life in many ways. He always thanked God for sparing his life and appreciated it as a gift he would use to bless others through his actions, words of comfort, and counseling at home, work, and church.
Ralph’s heart was full of love, grace, and generosity providing for the needy any opportunity he had on his long walks to work through Manhattan, consoling the broken heart of many fellow believers, or taking his family and friends to his favorite restaurants. Food was his passion and he loved treating good company to this experience, especially after retiring at 65. No matter the day nor the occasion, he loved to go out and share with others. The dining table was his canvas and platform to make those around him laugh with his good sense of humor and funny stories, pass on his wisdom of life, discuss the Scriptures, or share testimonies and sing hymns to renew and strengthen faith and praise of our Almighty and merciful God.
Ralph lived a beautiful life and will be dearly missed by all.