Ralph F. Torcello, 86, a lifelong resident of Batavia, died Saturday (October 30, 2010) at Lakeside Hospital in Brockport, NY.
He was born February 14, 1924, a son of the late Frank and Amelia Kocur Torcello. He was a 1942 graduate of Batavia High School and was very active in track and field and other sports.
A World War II veteran, he served as CPO 1st Class with the Naval Armed Guard Fleet in the Atlantic and Pacific Theatres. He was a member of the USN National Armed Guard WWII Veterans Accociation and the Sampson WWII Navy Veterans Inc.
He retired in 1985 as a skilled trades Supervisor from Delco Products in Rochester and was a member and Vice Commander of the Glenn S. Loomis Post 332 American Legion in Batavia. He was a member and Past President of Byron Kiwanis, member of the Batavia Moose Club, Perry Old Orchard Game Club, Stafford Historical Society. Ascension Parish (Sacred Heart Church) and a former member of the Holy Name Society.
Surviving is his wife of over 64 years, Joan D. Waclawski Torcello. Four children: Patricia A. (Joseph) Catalina of Valatie, NY, Marcia A. (Joseph) Rice of East Liverpool, OH, Ronald R. (Mary Cane) Torcello of Churchville, NY and Robin J. (Stephen) Hodownes of Honeoye Falls, NY. Eight grandchildren and one great grand daughter also survive.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary T. Colombo and brother, Frank J. Torcello.
Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 PM at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, where prayers will be Wednesday at 8:45 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM at Ascension Parish (Sacred Heart Church).
Interment with full Military Honors will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation, American Cancer Society , Mass Offerings or a charity of the donors preference.
Expressions of condolence may be made at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net
Arrangements were entrusted to the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, RONALD P. KONIECZNY, DIRECTOR & VETERAN.