Ralph Peduto
1942 - 2014
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Ralph Peduto
March 9, 1942 - May 12, 2014
A Resident of Capitola
In the afternoon of May 12, 2014, surrounded by his family, Ralph Peduto, 72, passed away 12 days after being diagnosed with leukemia.
Ralph Peduto, a 40-year resident of Santa Cruz California, was born in Jersey City, New Jersey March 9, 1942. He was the oldest of three children of James and Helen Peduto. As a child Ralph was part of a rich and textured life in Jersey City. He attended both Ferris High School and Dickinson High School where in 2000 he was inducted into Dickinson's Hall of Fame for achievement in performing arts.
Ralph was an integral part of his family's many businesses including Sid's Sweet Shoppe and the Musical Bar, which he turned into a popular nightclub in the 60's. He served in the US Army stationed in Korea during the Vietnam War and then attended Rutgers University.
He followed and succeeded in his dream to pursue acting as a career, working with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. He was in over 40 commercials and 100 movies and television shows. During this time he also wrote many songs, plays, screenplays, musicals and a novel. For the last 20 years he produced, directed and acted in many original performances and has taught hundreds of students the craft of acting on camera. Ralph was an active board member of Community TV of Santa Cruz and Your Future is Our Business.
Ralph was a life long learner. He joyously lived a passionate and creative lifestyle. He was an artist, a mentor, student of compassionate life, composer of music, master of the written word and all things family. Ralph is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years Laura Peduto, son Maro Peduto, daughter Oceanna Ceja, son-in-law Elias Ceja and six grandchildren, Roman, Angelo, Marina, Stella, Elias II and Lorenzo Rafael Ceja. He is also survived by his two sisters, Irene Peduto and Amelia Peduto, nieces, nephews, cousins and many students and friends.
The love of his family was of utmost importance to Ralph. Grateful for his success, he was aware and told us often that, "Success is sweeter if you have loved ones to share it with."
A memorial service celebrating Ralph's life will be held 2 pm Sunday June 1, 2014 at Oakwood Memorial Park Crystal Chapel, 3301 Paul Sweet Road, Santa Cruz. If you would like to share your memories, view or post photos, light a candle please visit www.scmemorial.com

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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on May 31, 2014.
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May 25, 2020
Tony Monaco
March 24, 2019
To Laura and family and friends, we are just learning of Ralphs passing, We have thought about him so much lately as I always told him that when I saw reruns were he had appeared I would let him know so he could get those residuals.

We are truly sorry for your loss. He was such a talented and energetic person who just lit up the room. Please know you are in my prayers and please let us know if there is anything we can do for you?

God Speed.

Jane and Tim
Jane Parks-McKay
August 17, 2017
Just thinking about my friend and miss talking to him.

Tony Monaco
Tony Monaco
August 16, 2017
I met Ralph back in 2012. He was such a funny, witty, incredible guy. He always managed to crack me up. I still miss him.
Guillermo Poblete
July 17, 2015
Miss you Ralph! You were a rare one. You must be helping us all from the 'other side'. Blessings always.. to your large wonderful family.
~Marilyn Madden
July 6, 2014
Dear Laura, Maro and Oceanna. My heartfelt condolences on the loss of Ralph, your loving husband/father.I met Ralph in basic training at Ft. Dix, NJ. Then we went on to Ft. Gordon, Ga and finally to Camp Casey, Korea. I worked with Ralph at The Musical Bar in Union City, NJ. Thanks to Ralph I met my wife there. It's all good memories of Ralph.
Joe Bellio
June 3, 2014
Flowers and Peace for Ralph Peduto
With deep condolences to his family. Merry Meet, Merry Part, Merry Meet again. The circle remains unbroken. I pray for your transition.
ella seneres bautista de la cruz
June 3, 2014
Laura, Maro and Oceanna, no words will ever express how tragic this is and how heartbroken I am for your family. Ralph was an amazing man and Laura, I used to tease you two and always said if I could have half the love you had for each other, I would give marriage another try. Rest in peace Ralph
Veronica Wilson
June 3, 2014
Ralph and I did Voice over work for commercials and TV in the 80s He was a great guy and teacher. I already miss him. God Bless his family. David R Seattle , WA
D Rogers
May 31, 2014
Ralph was a good friend I will always remember the grest times we hsd in high school.
Tony Monaco
May 31, 2014
Such a wonderful person with a big heart. We think about you everyday. Rest easy Ralph.
Raelene Ceja
May 31, 2014
Dear Laura, Maro, Oceanna and family,
I am grateful to have known Ralph when we were neighbors and over the years. A wonderful human being-he will be missed. Sending my love and thoughts to you all.
Nancy Topf
May 29, 2014
We Love U Ralph !!!
We will always miss U!!!
Bill & Amira in Capitola & Santa Cruz!
Amira Bramson Spendlove
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