Passed away in Santa Rosa, California on August 10, 2014 at the age of 88. Dearly beloved husband of 65 years to Joanne Maddox DeMarco of Santa Rosa; Beloved father of Brenda Carley and her husband Butch of Novato, Shelly Schofield and her husband Steve of Santa Rosa and Charlene DeMarco of Santa Rosa; adored grandfather of Jill (Kirk) Lear, Jamie (Nick) Scotto, Sarah Schofield, Spencer Schofield and Dominic DeMarco; loving great grandfather of Caden, Kyle and Nate Lear and Logan and Carley Scotto; dear brother of Francis DeMarco and his wife Rosemary of Bakersfield and brother-in-law of Bud Flagg. He is also lovingly survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Antonette and Rocco DeMarco, his brother, Anthony DeMarco and his sister, Annette Flagg. He was born in New York City, New York on May 5, 1926 to Rocco and Antonette DeMarco and was raised on Staten Island until he moved to Santa Rosa at the age of fifteen. A graduate of Santa Rosa High School, class of 1944, he excelled in sports and was awarded MVP in baseball. Ralph proudly served his country in the US Army in the Pacific during World War II. He enjoyed playing piano and studied at Carnegie Hall for two years. Ralph was a true athlete and played semi pro baseball for a couple of years with the Pittsburgh Pirates and was involved in local teams, as well. An avid gardener, Ralph spent much time working in his yard and caring for his flowers and redwood trees. He had a special place in his heart for Hawaii and the time he spent there with family and friends over the years. More than anything, Ralph loved his family and every day he shared with his beloved wife Joanne since December 5, 1948. Friends are invited to attend graveside services on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Santa Rosa Memorial Park, 1900 Franklin Avenue, Santa Rosa. If desired, donations in Ralph's memory may be made to the Santa Rosa High School Foundation, PO Box 11006, Santa Rosa, CA 95406. DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 707-525-3730
The Guest Book is expired.
Daniels Chapel of the Roses
1225 Sonoma Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Aug. 13 to Aug. 14, 2014