Ralph J. Massaro
1927 - 2013 PITTSFIELD Ralph Joseph Massaro, 85, of Pittsfield, died Saturday evening at home. In the hours before his passing, he was surrounded by family members and died peacefully in his sleep.
The son of Nunzio and Helena Massaro, Ralph was born in Pittsfield on Dec. 10, 1927. Ralph was a graduate of Pittsfield High School.
He entered the Navy after graduation. He was a veteran of World War II
, achieving the rank of Seaman First Class and was honorably discharged in 1947. A member of the Disabled American Veterans, Ralph served his country with distinction and was awarded a WWII Victory Medal and American Area Campaign Medal.
In 1953, Ralph was appointed a City of Pittsfield Inspector of Weights and Measures. He proudly held that position until his retirement in 1994. He was also a past president and member of the Massachusetts Weights and Measures Association as well as a past deputy sheriff for the Berkshire County Sheriff's Department.
An active parishioner of the former Mount Carmel Church, Ralph also enjoyed membership in its Holy Name Society. He was a long-time usher and ran the Mount Carmel lawn parties for a number of years. He was a current member of St. Agnes Church in Dalton.
Ralph enjoyed and loved his family first and foremost. He enjoyed attending his children's, and their children's, various athletic events. He was a frequent audience member to many dance recitals and performances. He was an avid Yankees fan.
He and his wife, Eleanor, loved to travel, spending time in Italy, Las Vegas, New Jersey, and Maine. They were regular residents of Florida in their retirement years. A favorite hobby of Ralph's was refurbishing scales he had collected over the years, and spending time with friends over a coffee and McDonalds.
Ralph is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, the former Eleanor Haskell of Pittsfield, whom he married Sept. 15, 1951, at Mount Carmel Church.
Besides his wife, he is also survived by three daughters, Patricia Lampiasi, and her husband, Victor, Kathy Brown and her husband, William, and Karen Caccaviello and her husband, Paul, and three sons, Joseph Massaro, Mark Massaro and his wife, Tina, and Paul Massaro and his wife, Kasey. He was also blessed with 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren (with one more on the way).
He was predeceased by his brother, the Rev. Joseph Massaro; by two sisters, Christine Blaine and Elizabeth Burton, and by two granddaughters.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Services will be Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at 10 a.m. from the FLYNN & DAGNOLI-BENCIVENGA FUNERAL HOME, 5 Elm St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 at St. Agnes Church in Dalton with the Rev. Christopher A. Malatesta, pastor, officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the family plot at St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Calling hours at the funeral home will be Tuesday, April 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice Services of Western Massachusetts LLC, or
in care of the funeral home.
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