Obituary of Ralph J Ferrara
Ralph Ferrara, of Kinnelon, died Saturday, February 27, 2021.
Ralph was born in Hoboken on July 5, 1940, to Angelina and Louis Ferrara. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Elizabeth, and by his three children and their spouses: Scott and Kimberly Ferrara, Elise and Eric Behn, and Glenn and Clara Ferrara. He is also survived by his adored grandchildren, Louis, Thomas and Vincent Ferrara, Barry Behn, and Joseph and Angelina Ferrara. He also leaves behind his loving sisters, Ann Falconieri and Nancy Marrella. He was predeceased by his brother, Joseph Ferrara.
Ralph was awarded a Bachelor of Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Master of Arts from Jersey State City College. He also served his country in the United States Marines. Before becoming a special education teacher in Hoboken, he accepted positions as a sales supervisor and recruiter for the Underwood Olivetti Corporation. While teaching, Ralph was awarded a Maxwell House Foundation Fellowship. Following his tenure as a classroom teacher, Ralph moved back to FDU as the Director of Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving, and was nominated to The 1969 Edition of Outstanding Young Men of America.
Subsequently, Ralph was appointed as a Special Assistant to the Chancellor of Higher Education for the State of New Jersey Legislative Affairs. Following an unsuccessful bid for the New Jersey Assembly, Ralph accepted appointment as the Director of Development at Montclair State College. Ralph's fascination with travel preceded his commitment to a full time career in the travel industry. About 45 years ago, Ralph became a partner and then the sole owner of Schneider's Travel in Butler. As a travel agent, he was elected President of the NJ Chapter of the American Society of Travel Agents. After his tenure as President, he was elected as Director of the National Board of ASTA.
Even so, Ralph maintained an active interest in public service and political affairs. Among his political achievements was being the Chairman of Youth for Governor Cahill and President Nixon, and Assistant Campaign manager for Nelson Gross' Senatorial campaign. He also served President Nixon and President Ford as a member of the President's Committee on Mental Retardation. Ralph's civic achievements included membership in, along with the presidency of, the Butler Rotary Club, and many years of membership in the Italian American Cultural Society of Kinnelon, with several terms as president. He served on the Kinnelon Board of Education for 18 years, often as President of the Board. All along, Ralph was an active parisioner of Our Lady of the Magnificat Roman Catholic Church, and a fourth degree member of OLM's Knights of Columbus.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 4-7 pm at Our Lady of Magnificat Church, 2 Miller Road, Kinnelon. A funeral Mass will be held 10 am Friday, also at the church. Cremation will be private. For livestreaming of the funeral Mass, please click here
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ralph's memory to the John Theurer Cancer Center for Oncology, Clinical Research would be greatly appreciated by the family. Please visit give.hackensackmeridian.org, then select John Theurer Cancer Center, then select the John Theurer Cancer Center for Oncology Clinical Research. Your donation is greatly appreciated by the family.
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