Ralph Joseph "RJ" VILARDO


Ralph "RJ" Joseph, 82, died suddenly on November 20, 2012. Beloved husband of Mary Sue (nee Craver) and caring brother of sisters Marie (Vilardo) Harrington and Louise (Vilardo) Rhein. Loving father of six children Susan Vilardo, Judy (Ed) Hackmeister, Pattie (Darrell) Philhower, Johnny Vilardo, Ralph J. Vilardo, Jr. and Tom Vilardo; Dear grandfather of Raymond, Patrick, and Tanner Philhower, Jess Stankeveh, Marissa and Ava Vilardo. RJ lived to dance with his wife of 57 years at his grandson's recent wedding, become a great-grandfather, and amuse numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and relatives. He believed that all families should gather and celebrate their lineage at yearly reunions; he was a proud American, a Korean War Veteran, long time member of the American Legion and a Milford Independent Businessman who gave back to his community through giving campaigns like The Neediest Kids of All, Coached Pee Wee Football and was a Founder and long time Director on the Milford Chamber. RJ was very proud of his Italian heritage and wove his international roots throughout his life with his membership in Fratelli Uniti. Rest in Peace, our "Dealer with the Heart in the Heart of Milford." Mass 1:00 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrew Church Milford, 552 Main Street, Milford, 45150. Visitation on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until shortly before Mass at Craver-Riggs Funeral Home & Crematory. An Open House Celebration of RJ's LIFE to follow immediately after Mass at the Miami Boat Club, 6071 Second Street, Miamiville, Ohio 45147. In lieu of flowers the family asks for memorials to either: M.P.G.A. Korean Memorial, The National Bank and Trust Company, 715 Lila Avenue, Milford, OH 45150 or Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties, 745 Center St, Suite 300, Milford, OH 45150. Please share your memories and condolences at www.craver-riggs.com.

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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Nov. 23, 2012