Ralph Nocera
1959 - 2021
Hamden Memorial
1300 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
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 at www.stjude.org/give/memorials-and-dedications.html

Published by The Record-Journal from Oct. 27 to Oct. 28, 2021.
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5:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Hamden Memorial
1300 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT
State Veteran's Cemetery
317 Bow Lane, Middletown, CT
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Regina & Family and Diane; Was shocked when I read of Ralph's untimely passing. Ralph always left me with a smile on my face, I'm sure he will be missed. My prayers are with you all. Bruce Fogg
Bruce Fogg
November 1, 2021
So sorry for such a great loss. He truly made his mark in this life. I am so impressed about the many things he gave his time to. I am blessed to have known him through The Boomers and Lori and the Legends. I loved him as a dear friend.
janice palin
October 28, 2021
Dear Reginia and family, so sorry to hear about the passing of Ralph. He was a great guy and will be missed by many. Prayers and hugs.
Bob and Sharon Mercaldi
October 27, 2021
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