Obituary of James Salvatore Ralph
Few words can describe a person like James S. Ralph; however, a few words do come to mind: Love, family, and selflessness. James put his dedication to his family above all else and did everything he could to not only provide for his family but help make the world just a little bit brighter in everything he accomplished.
James was born one of four children to Henry and Catherine Ralph, joining his family alongside his siblings Robert, Angela, Darleen, and “Hank.” After graduating high school, James was called to serve in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, starting his service in November 1966. Many veterans of the Vietnam era suffered tremendously as a result of their time spent. James returned home in September 1968. His outlook remained positive going forward, and that seeped into every aspect of his life. Over time, James met the love of his life, Joan. The two merged as one, and the two of them celebrated over 50 years of marriage together. Their family expanded to their children: Mark, Patricia, and Lynn.
James had a brilliant mind; if he tried at something, he was very quick to master it. Those skills translated from handiwork- from working on cars to building his house in Derby with his bare hands- to learning instruments like the guitar and piano. James developed such a love for music and would frequently pull out the guitar and sing songs at various family functions. Speaking of family functions, James was the designated coordinator and host for family reunions and parties. He would handle everything from planning to cooking to entertaining. He stressed the ideology of family comes first and sticks together and wanted to have those opportunities any time he could. James had a great sense of humor as well and loved to make people laugh and smile.
A lover of nature and the outdoors, James was proactive in getting his children outside and adventuring. James, Joan, and the family would go on many trips centered around the outdoors, from numerous camping trips to their vacation home in Florida, to even African safaris up in Canada. Some of those road trips were even on his 1963 Harley Davidson, which he adored riding. Wherever the adventure was, James wanted to be there and share those precious moments with those that he cared for the most.
At the end of the day, James was a humble person. The things that he accomplished in his life, he did not do simply for recognition. He instilled positivity, Genuity and selflessness into the generations that came after him. And while the world is a little less bright in his absence, the lessons he taught to his future generations and the love he created in this world will always stay inside the hearts of his family, friends, and all he cherished.
Ralph, James Salvatore, of Derby, NY, entered into rest June 25th, 2022. Beloved husband of Joan (nee Linnan) Ralph; devoted father to Mark, Patricia, and Lynn; cherished grandfather of 8 and great-grandfather of 10; loving brother of Robert, Angela, and Darleen; predeceased by his parents, Henry and Catherine Ralph, and his brother, Henry “Hank”; also survived by many dear family and friends. Friends may visit Wednesday 6/29 and Thursday 6/30 from 4-8PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg, NY 14075. A Funeral Service will be held Friday 7/1 at 9AM at the funeral home, with a Committal Service at St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Cemetery to follow. Memorial donations in James’ name may be made to Hospice Buffalo. For online condolences, flowers and donations, please visit www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of James Ralph, please visit Tribute Store
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