Ralph J. Fiore, of Enfield, entered peacefully into eternal life at the age of 93, on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at Parkway Pavilion Healthcare. Ralph was the beloved husband of 56 years to Eleanor (Migliore) Fiore and son of the late Salvatore and Julia (Alaimo) Fiore.
He was born on Sept. 27, 1919, in the Thompsonville section of Enfield, and was a lifelong resident. He was a graduate of Enfield High School. Ralph served his country honorably with the U.S. Army
during World War II
. Ralph retired from Aetna Life Insurance in 1984 and was employed with Bigelow Sanford Carpet Co. and Kaman Aircraft. He was a charter member of the Rinaldi-Fede Post and AARP, and was a parishioner of St. Patrick Church. Having had a passion for big-band music, Ralph played the clarinet and alto saxophone and was associated with several musical groups throughout the area in his younger days, he also loved traveling. He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees. He enjoyed taking his son to Yankee Stadium and also the Yale Bowl to see the Ivy League rivals. He also enjoyed gardening, having had a green thumb when it came to growing vegetables especially his huge zucchinis. He generously shared his crop with everyone.
Besides his wife, Eleanor, he is also survived by a daughter, Laurie Fiore Toohey and husband, Jeffrey, of Ellington; a son, Russell Fiore and wife, Pauline, of Enfield; his three cherished grandchildren, Angela Fiore, Amanda Fiore, and Jenna Toohey; his brother, Joseph Fiore and wife, Mary, of Enfield; along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, Bennie Fiore.
The Fiore family would like to extend a very special thank you to the nurses and staff at Parkway Pavilion for the care and compassion shown to Ralph during his time there.
Relatives and friends may gather with his family during calling hours on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels, 43 Shaker Road, Enfield.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, with the procession forming at 9 a.m. from the funeral home to St. Patrick Church for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Interment with military honors will follow in St. Patrick Old Cemetery Thompsonville section of Enfield.
Memorial donations in his memory may be made to St. Patrick Church, 64 Pearl St., Enfield, CT 06082; or St. Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.
For online condolences and directions go towww.brownefuneralchapels.com