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Ralph J., 84, Knight of Papal Order of St. Gregory the Great; Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of Jerusalem; and Captain in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve (Ret.) passed away on November 20th, 2013 following a prolonged illness.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Eileen (Flynn) Diverio and six children: Mark, Paul, Stephen (and Rosemary Knaak) of Michigan, Anne Marie (and Raymond Marquis) of Maine, Philip, and Susan of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. He also leaves ten grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, eleven nieces and nephews and his sister-in-law, Irene Diverio, wife of his predeceased brother, Donald.
Mr. Diverio was raised in Hasbrouck Heights before moving to Maywood in 1955. He attended St. Peter's Prep and Holy Cross College, the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers, Columbia University's Graduate School of Banking, Brooklyn Law School and the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. He had been employed by the FBI and the N.J. Bell Telephone Co. before joining N.J. Bank (now PNC) serving as Senior Vice President for institutional lending for 25 years.
Capt. Diverio served during the Korean War and was an active member of the Reserves Officers Association (ROA) for 38 years and was elected the National President of that organization in 1988. He also founded the first Coast Guard ROA Chapter in N.J. and represented the United States as Vice President at the International ROA Association (CIOR) of the 16 NATO Nations. In recognition of his military service, Capt. Diverio was awarded the Distinguished Public Service Award by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Rear Admiral Alexander Jackson Award by the U.S. Navy and the Harry S. Truman Award by the ROA.
Mr. Diverio served on the Board of Trustees of Felician College (Lodi, NJ), Caldwell College (Caldwell, NJ), Don Bosco College (Newton, NJ), St. Mary's Hospital (Passaic, NJ) and served on the Advisory Boards for the Little Sisters of the Poor Home (Totowa, NJ) and Jackson Slater Housing Inc. (Paterson, NJ). He also served for many years on the Board of Directors of Riese Senior Citizen Housing Inc. in Paterson, NJ. In appreciation for his dedicated work for the poor and elderly, one of the 6 Riese Residence buildings was named in his honor. Other memberships included Rotary International and the Paterson Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Diverio was a long-time member of the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus and Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Maywood. He had been a Trustee of the church, President of the Holy Name Society, member of the Parish Council, lector and served as Principal of the high school of religion program for 13 years. For 50 years he played the drums for the parish CYO and adult musical shows. He also founded and coached the first Maywood Little League football team.
Visiting hours at Trinka-Faustini Funeral Service (439 Maywood Avenue, Maywood, NJ, 201-487-3050) will be on Sunday, November 24, from 3-5 and 7-9 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM on Monday, November 25th, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Maywood. Burial will follow at Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial donation be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Church (400 Maywood Avenue, Maywood, NJ 07607) or The Little Sisters of the Poor Home (140 Shepherd Lane, Totowa, NJ 07512).
Please visit www.trinkafaustini.com for online condolences and directions.
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Published in The Record on Nov. 23, 2013