Ralph Nocera, 62, of Meriden, passed away suddenly on Friday, October 22, 2021. He was born in Tampa, Florida on September 13, 1959, but resided in Meriden most of his life. He was predeceased by his mother Nancy Terzis and step-father, David L. Miller, Sr. He leaves his wife of 39 years, Regina (Crossley) Nocera; two sons, Jason Kovach and Matthew (Candice Cronin) Nocera, both of Meriden and a daughter Lauren Nocera of Unionville; four grandchildren, Joshua Kovach, Christopher Kovach, Juliana Nocera and Ethan Kovach, and two step-granddaughters Jocelyn Belomizi and Mariyah Williams; he also leaves five siblings, Frank (Kim) Nocera, Phyllis Luann Nocera, Donna (Clayton Randall) Biafore, Nancy Mirles, David (Liz) Miller, Jr. He shared a very special relationship with many nieces and nephews of multiple generations.
Ralph enlisted in the US Navy, serving aboard the USS Saipan. He was a certified flight-deck crash, fire and rescue expert. Upon completion of three years active-duty he served in the Naval Reserve for an additional two years.
He was well known throughout Meriden for his coaching skills. He coached baseball and softball for 27 years, as well as several years of his children's school soccer and basketball teams. This earned him the loving nickname of Coach Ralph throughout Meriden.
Ralph began playing drums at an early age which developed into a lifelong passion for music. As an adult, he played with various bands throughout the state. At the time of his death he was a member of the band, Lori & the Legends and performing shows regularly.
Calling hours will be held Thursday, October 28th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Hamden Memorial Funeral Home, 1300 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT with internment on Friday the 29th at 9:00 a.m. at the State Veteran's Cemetery, 317 Bow Lane, Middletown, CT.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Published by The Record-Journal from Oct. 27 to Oct. 28, 2021.