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Ralph Spinelli
  • Passed away on July 14, 2022

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Ralph F. Spinelli (RedMan)

Ralph passed away on the afternoon of Thursday, July 14, 2022 at Advent NSB.  He had fought off (& had survived) multiple health challenges, especially over the past 7 years.  He faced those challenges with his always positive attitude and his great sense of humor.  Even though he had some encouraging days recently, the Lord realized the increased suffering he recently developed and had Ralph join him.

Ralph was born on September 17, 1935 in Brooklyn, NY.  His parents were Ralph J. and Martha Moran Spinelli.  His parents and his sister Joan (Ray) DePrizio predeceased him.

He grew up and lived in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn where he stayed until he completed high school and joined the United States Navy.  Ralph served very proudly during the Korean Conflict, spent most of his time in the Pacific, and was a 3rd Class Petty Officer.  For the rest of his life he treasured his time serving in The Navy, and was the first to recognize and thank fellow veterans.

After The Navy, Ralph went to Harpur College, which is now Binghamton University.  He graduated with a BA in Economics, served as student body president, president of the Young Republicans Club, and was pictured on the cover of the Harpur College yearbook.

Ralph remained in the Binghamton area until he retired to New Smyrna Beach, Florida.  He was always an advocate of small businesses, so he started his own employee benefits and financial planning firm, Upstate Management, which he renamed the Bay Ridge Financial Group.  Ralph was very proud to have helped the “little man” and to extend that help to financial planning and benefits for their workers. Ralph “practiced what he preached” and was very appreciated for always taking special care of his employees.

He believed in giving back and did so by being active in many organizations; Kiwanis, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, American Legion, and many organizations for Veterans.

Ralph is survived by his best friend and wife of 51 years, Carol Welsh Spinelli, stepdaughter Beth Marshall, his sister Susan (Michael) Goldberg, nieces, nephews, and many, many close friends.

While we all miss him, his conditions made him live for us, not him, and somehow he knew it was time to start his next journey.  He left us with memories that will forever inspire everyone who knew Ralph/Redman.

Ralph requested no services at this time but suggested a gathering/party in his honor when we are not so sad & he said to remind you that he is a big fan of fun times.

The Navy flies the nautical flags “B” and “Z”, Bravo Zulu, to indicate a job well done.  So, Ralph…. A huge BRAVO ZULU for a life WELL DONE!  Thanks!


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  1. Marlene Parry posted an image:
    21 Jul 2022
    It was a great ride Ralph!
    It was a great ride Ralph!

  2. Susan & Greg Sutton posted an image:
    21 Jul 2022


  3. Yolanda and Mark posted an image:
    20 Jul 2022
    And still fishing!
    And still fishing!

  4. Yolanda and Mark posted an image:
    20 Jul 2022
    Fish trembled when they heard his name!
    Fish trembled when they heard his name!

  5. Yolanda and Mark posted an image:
    20 Jul 2022
    2017 - "In the Navy" photos with his Mom and Dad to Navy Veteran.  What a Remarkable Life!
    2017 - "In the Navy" photos with his Mom and Dad to Navy Veteran. What a Remarkable Life!

  6. Yolanda and Mark says:
    20 Jul 2022
    Ralph was a great man and friend. Navy veteran, mentor, "business Dad" to many, loving, caring, giving, and always willing to help others in any way he could. He led with a positive spirit, a firm handshake, an unrelenting smile, fun stories, jokes, and even small gifts to warm the hearts of kids and adults. He is memorable to all who met him, and he created memories for all those he loved and who loved him.

  7. Mary B McLendon posted an image:
    20 Jul 2022
    Team Red, While & Blue Eagles will dearly miss Ralph & his smile. We thank him & his family for his service to our Nation and for his never ending support of Veterans, especially Team RWB. Ralph is relieved of his watch - we now have the watch. Fair Winds & Following Seas, Shipmate.
    Team Red, While & Blue Eagles will dearly miss Ralph & his smile. We thank him & his family for his service to our Nation and for his never ending support of Veterans, especially Team RWB. Ralph is relieved of his watch - we now have the watch. Fair Winds & Following Seas, Shipmate.

  8. Yolanda and Mark posted an image:
    19 Jul 2022
    Having Fun in 2004
    Having Fun in 2004

  9. Yolanda and Mark posted an image:
    19 Jul 2022
    Ralph in his Navy jump suit
    Ralph in his Navy jump suit

  10. Yolanda and Mark posted an image:
    19 Jul 2022
    Ralph wearing his tuxedo for Yolanda and Mark's 2005 wedding
    Ralph wearing his tuxedo for Yolanda and Mark's 2005 wedding

  11. Yolanda and Mark posted an image:
    19 Jul 2022
    Ralph and Mark at Ralph's flag
    Ralph and Mark at Ralph's flag

  12. Yolanda and Mark posted an image:
    19 Jul 2022


  13. Yolanda and Mark lit a candle:
    19 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 19, 2022 at 7:35:58 PM

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