Jeffrey Scott Ranalli

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Jeffrey Scott Ranalli
Jeffrey was born on Nov. 14, 1955 in Canton, Ohio. He passed away on Aug. 24, 2013 in Fort Myers, Fla., as the result of a motorcycle accident. Jeffrey attended Saint John the Baptist grade school in Canton, Ohio, and graduated from Saint Thomas Aquinas High school in Louisville, Ohio, where he was a star athlete and named to the Stark County football team his senior year. He attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University on a football scholarship, and then went on to the University of Cincinnati before moving to Steamboat Springs, Colo., where he pursued his great love for skiing and the culinary arts. In Steamboat he opened and managed Cipriani's at the Sheraton. After several years, Jeffrey came back to Ohio where he opened and managed Canton's first TGI Fridays. He then moved on to open two more TGI Fridays in Pennsylvania; one in Pittsburgh and one in Ben Salem. Following these openings, he managed another restaurant called Colonial Farms, in New Brunswick, N.J. with his brother, Patrick. In the late 80's, Jeffrey and Patrick moved to Cape Coral, Fla. This is where Jeffrey became passionate about his career as a RE/MAX realtor.
Jeffrey is survived by his parents, Robert and Vivian Sue Ranalli of Cape Coral, Fla.; his sister, Colleen Flenner of Valparaiso, Ind.; his brothers, Bobby Ranalli of Cape Coral, Patrick Ranalli and Stephen Craig of Fort Myers; his niece and nephew, Lauren and Craig Speelman; his nephew, Brent Flenner; his great-niece and nephew, Georgia Grace and Grant Speelman; his best friend, Lou Ann Spacciapolli; his uncles and their families, Frank, Tony, Richard and Gary Ranalli; and the families of his deceased uncles and their families, Peter, Albert, and John Ranalli. Jeffrey had a deep love for animals, especially his Golden Retriever, Buddy. Buddy also passed away in the same week as his master. Raleigh, his boxer, is grieving the loss of both Jeffrey and Buddy.
Bequests in honor of Jeffrey can be made to Lee County Humane Society, Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Louisville Ohio, and the Basilica of Saint John the Baptist Church in Canton Ohio. Upon Jeffrey's request, there will be no local funeral service. It was also his desire to be cremated. A Memorial Mass will be held in Canton, Ohio, on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Basilica of Saint John the Baptist. Jeffrey loved the Gulf Coast of Florida with all of its amenities, and particularly, the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. We will miss our 'three star award winning story teller' who is our son, brother, uncle, nephew, and best friend, but we take comfort in what Jesus tells us, 'In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.' John 14:2. Jeffrey, you always wanted to build a mansion for your family but the Lord found it fitting to build it for you.

Published in The Repository on Aug. 28, 2013
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