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In loving memory of
John M Ranalli
  • September 18, 1936
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  • July 29, 2017

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John M. Ranalli, 80, died on July 29 at a local hospital. A native of Newark, NJ he has been a resident of this area for many years. He worked at Daytona International Speedway for many years as a security officer and also at DeLand Ford where he helped transport vehicles. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his beloved wife of 60 years, Gail, sons, Michael Ranalli and Bret Ranalli, sister Lena Torchia and 3 grandchildren, Christopher, Andrew and Danielle. The family will celebrate his life with a service at a later date. Please see www.baldwincremation.com for further details.


Our Lady Of Hope Catholic Church Chapel
4675 South Clyde Morris Blvd, Port Orange, FL 32129
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Date & Time:
September 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Instead of flowers, the family would prefer if you would make a donation to
American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284 or National Autism Association, 1 Park Ave., Suite 1, Portsmouth, RI 02871

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  1. 12 Sep 2017
    Karen Crilly lit a candle:
    Lit since September 12, 2017 at 9:43:02 PM

  2. 06 Sep 2017
    MARIANN ALICEA lit a candle:
    Lit since September 6, 2017 at 9:33:55 AM

  3. 03 Sep 2017
    Dianne Grace Ranalli says:
    I met Pop-pop when he and Nanni came to Virginia to visit Dad, Andrew, Danielle, and I. I just had this fondness for him after so many stories from Andrew about how he made his childhood awesome. He took them to places any child would be ecstatic to go to! The biggest icing of the cake was when Andrew got diagnosed with Leukemia while staying with them for the summer in Florida, and Nanni and Pop put their house as a collateral so Andrew can get fast treatment while Dad's insurance info was yet to be processed. Andrew says he is eternally grateful for their selflessness! He sheds tears of joy when reminiscing about how his childhood was made better by the thought of going to FL for the summer!

    We miss you a lot Pop-pop. I will miss how you answer the phone everytime I called to say hi. You are a gentle giant and showed great concern for us. We hope to see you again someday. PS: We will do everything we can to help Nanni through her mourning. <3

  4. 03 Sep 2017
    Dianne Grace Ranalli posted an image:
    Dad, Pop-pop, Chris, and Andrew
    Dad, Pop-pop, Chris, and Andrew

  5. 29 Aug 2017
    Mariann Torchia Alicea says:
    It doesn't seem possible that Uncle Johnny has been gone a month...it feels like a minute and feels like forever at the same time. I know that there is less laughter in the world now that he is gone --b/c if you were in Uncle Johnny's company, you were laughing and having the time of your life. The fun at any party, holiday or get together started ONLY when Uncle Johnny and Aunt Gail arrived. I knew without a doubt from the time i was 4 years old that laughing till you cried and had stomach cramps was to be expected when Uncle John was there. One night at their house in Edison, a group of us was sitting at their kitchen table and he told one of the funniest stories I have ever heard about a car, a family member getting into the car, the running board of the car, and the car still being in drive........ i was in a crumpled heap on their kitchen floor by the time he finished telling the story.
    Uncle Johnny is in a word 'unforgettable.' Childhood friends from the old neighborhood where I lived 50 years ago saw when I posted his photo on FB on July 30, and every one of them began their comment with: 'i remember your uncle! Do you remember the time when.......'
    And, as funny as Uncle Johnny was, that's how kind he was. You might be in the maelstrom of your angst-ridden teen years and think that no one was paying attention, but Uncle Johnny was. He would listen, and solve your entire issue with a comment that put everything into perspective....and then label you, your nemesis, or your mother a 'knucklehead,' shake his head, and you felt incredibly unburdened.
    Without a doubt, I have lost my most favorite family member in the world.
    RIP, Uncle Johnny.

  6. 26 Aug 2017
    michael melia says:
    he was a great bread man . we had fun together.i will see u some day and deliver bread

  7. 26 Aug 2017
    michael melia says:
    the best man.mike melia had fun together.

  8. 10 Aug 2017
    Ken & Ginger Kerfoot says:
    John you were a great neighbor and we're really going to miss you. We'll keep an eye on Gail.

  9. 08 Aug 2017
    Marcie Baldwin says:
    I love my Uncle... loud and proud with the biggest heart EVER!You will be missed you big ox.

  10. 08 Aug 2017
    Marcie Baldwin lit a candle:
    Lit since August 8, 2017 at 8:23:49 PM

  11. 08 Aug 2017
    Marcie Baldwin lit a candle:
    Lit since August 8, 2017 at 8:23:14 PM

  12. 08 Aug 2017
    Marcie Baldwin lit a candle:
    Lit since August 8, 2017 at 8:22:41 PM

  13. 08 Aug 2017
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    Lit since August 8, 2017 at 8:23:50 PM

  14. 08 Aug 2017
    Alice says:
    John was a rare Gem. He truly cared and touched so many lives in a special way. So blessed to have known him. He was always good to me. He made me smile and laugh with his unique humor. His legacy lives on through his Grandchildren. He will be surely missed.

  15. 07 Aug 2017
    Glenn & Bobbie says:
    Our brother in law John was a kind caring person, always willing to help, especially if you needed help with a car. Glenn and I took a few road trips with Gail and John, lots of laughs yelling and eating. Rest in peace John

  16. 07 Aug 2017
    GLENN AND BOBBIE lit a candle:
    Lit since August 7, 2017 at 8:16:15 AM

  17. 07 Aug 2017
    Michael Ranalli says:
    John Ranalli devoted family man and loving father has passed. Retired in 1996 he lived his dream working at Daytona International Speedway. Returning home for 4 days my brother and I saw first hand the lives he touched by the outpouring of sympathy displayed by friends and family calling and dropping by his home. My mom Gail lost her best friend and love of her life. He will be missed.

  18. 07 Aug 2017
    Bret and Cyndy Ranalli says:
    You will be forever missed. Your memories will live with us
    forever. You were a GREAT FATHER AND FRIEND. I loved
    talking about muscle cars and football all the time.
    God Bless you. Rest in peace.
    Love you.
    Bret and Cyndy

  19. 07 Aug 2017
    Bret and Cyndy Ranalli lit a candle:
    Lit since August 7, 2017 at 8:31:17 AM

  20. 07 Aug 2017
    Bret and Cyndy Ranalli lit a candle:
    Lit since August 7, 2017 at 8:30:07 AM

  21. 06 Aug 2017
    mike & marge melia lit a candle:
    Lit since August 6, 2017 at 8:38:43 AM

  22. 06 Aug 2017
    mike & marge melia lit a candle:
    Lit since August 6, 2017 at 8:37:07 AM

  23. 06 Aug 2017
    mike & marge melia says:
    we will miss you verry much

  24. 04 Aug 2017
    Christopher Ranalli says:
    When I was kid, I saw this red toy boat in a highway stop on our way to the beach. We were going to stay there for vacation. I kept asking about that boat, and when we finally got to the beach, none of the stores we checked carried it. So, later the day, he drove for hours on his own, looking for the boat. We didn't know where he had gone. When he came back later on that day, he told us that he had to cross the state line to find one. Perhaps it was the one we past on our way. My grandfather did things like that. This is just one example among many. He was a giver. He would give and expect nothing in return.

    My grandfather was a real gentle giant: rough along the edges, but kind and compassionate within. And he naturally made people laugh. His way made people laugh. He was a genuine person. Sometimes loud, sometimes quiet. People simply liked being around him. If he had a plan, and something came in between him and that plan, everything else had to move. Most of the time, everything else did move. And when it didn't, he accepted that too. Some things work, and some things don't work. He didn't go against the grain. He accepted what came.

    He was a force of nature in my life. He is very much loved, respected, and admired: I'm simply very lucky to have him as my grandfather. He and my grandmother opened up a much wider world to me. Their home was always a refuge to us. I'm forever thankful. He leaves all of us with many gifts. Reflecting on his life will continue to teach me as I live out my own. Thank you Poppop.

  25. 02 Aug 2017
    Richard Livernois says:
    I have known John for over 10 years. He had a "special" of dealing with people that tried to get past "his gate". He always kept us laughing. Infield Security and Gate 800 will not be the same without him. He was one of a kind!!!

  26. 02 Aug 2017
    Richard Livernois lit a candle:
    Lit since August 2, 2017 at 8:34:44 PM

  27. 02 Aug 2017
    Kevin Kinne posted an image:
    John at work at gate 800
    John at work at gate 800

  28. 01 Aug 2017
    Kevin Kinne says:
    Gail John always said you where his angel .I met John about fourteen years ago at the Daytona Speedway both of us being Security . He was the guy everyone wanted to know. The day I met him he said where are you from I said Syracuse NY he said that's your problem and your football team stinks.That was John all day he would keep people at the speedway laughing in a good way. When he wanted to go home he would call Paul Battista our Manager and say I'm going home if you don't like it tough . He would hang his radio on the fence and go home.He was the best of the best!

  29. 01 Aug 2017
    Bob and Cindie Testa posted an image:
    At my high school graduation party. Uncle Johnny and Aunt Gail were always the life of the party.
    At my high school graduation party. Uncle Johnny and Aunt Gail were always the life of the party.

  30. 01 Aug 2017
    Bob and Cindie Testa lit a candle:
    Lit since August 1, 2017 at 8:29:47 PM

  31. 01 Aug 2017
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    Lit since August 1, 2017 at 8:28:46 PM

  32. 01 Aug 2017
    frank d says:
    the short time i worked with john great guy,,,,, fun,,, always made me laugh by saying,, forrrrrrget about it,, you dont belong here,,,, and a few other words, john iam goin to miss ya fun r i p ,,, frank d,,my prayers are to his family,,......

  33. 01 Aug 2017
    Bernie lit a candle:
    Lit since August 1, 2017 at 8:40:55 PM

  34. 01 Aug 2017
    Bernie says:
    My sincere condolences on the loss of John. I worked with John at the track. We had many laughs together and he will be missed.

  35. 01 Aug 2017
    Bill & Joan Fitzgerald says:
    John was our good friend. He will be missed,but not forgotten.

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