Ralph D Parise, Jr, 85, passed away after a short illness on Wednesday, December 16th. He was the husband of Joan (Meyers). Ralph and Joan were married on June 28th, 1958, celebrating 62 years of marriage. He was born in Alexander on May 20th, 1935, son of the late Ralph and Mary Avino Parise.
In addition to his wife, Ralph is survived by five children, Mary Joan (Jeff) Martin, Helen (Mark) Dickinson, John Parise, Paul Parise and Kathleen (Doug) Boje. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Eric Martin, Joey Dickinson, Elaina Dickinson, Nicholas Martin, Zach Boje and Anna Boje.
Also surviving are sisters, Jovanna (Russell) Pieri, Mary (the late Joseph) Marchese and Amelia (the late Gerald) Sheelar, and several nieces and nephews.
Ralph was predeceased by siblings Frances (Joseph) Cirillo, Carmen (Mary)Parise and Samuel (Patricia) Parise. He was the son-in-law of the late John and Cecilia Meyers. He was also predeceased by several sisters and brothers-in-law, Rita and Asher Borton, Walter and Virginia Meyers, Ann and Gerard Buckenmeyer, Maryknoll Seminarian Jack Meyers and Helen Meyers.
Ralph graduated from Alexander Central in 1953. He volunteered for the Korean War (1954-56). After his service, Ralph was sole proprietor of Parise’s Gas For Less where he started AAA Emergency Towing in Genesee County. He retired at the age of 50 in 1986. After retirement, Ralph enjoyed coaching basketball for the Alexander Central School’s 8th grade boys basketball team. Ralph was a member of Resurrection Parish, earlier serving as an usher for St. Anthony’s Church. He was a 3rd Degree Msgr. Kirby Council Knights of Columbus member. He was also a member of the American Legion Genesee Veterans Club.
Private Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Memorials may be made to Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, PO Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545-9913. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.