Ralph Samuel Agone, 96, of Rome passed away at home on January 28, 2012 with his loving family by his side. He was born on July 6, 1915 in Rome the oldest son of Sabino and Ida Pinti Agone. On August 12, 1950 he married Josephine DeMario in St. John the Baptist Church.
He was a graduate of Rome Free Academy, the class of 1933. Ralph was employed for 41 years as a tool and die maker of the manufacturing division of Revere Copper and Brass. He taught shop math and blueprinting for several years at the former Rome Trade School.
Ralph was a scout leader for Troop 21 at St. John the Baptist Church and enjoyed sharing stories of the trips to Camp Kingsley. He participated in many sports especially swimming, canoeing, skiing, golf and bocce. A 30 year passion for running began at the age of 50. He completed eleven marathons and several Boilermakers. He was a supporter of the Right to Life movement and a champion for the rights of the unborn.
Ralph is survived by his beloved family; his wife of 61 years, Josephine, four daughters and sons-in-law; Mary Sue and Alan Turner of VT, Patricia and James Greenan of IN, Barbara and John Connor of NC and Karen and Glenn Watts of Phelps, NY, a son Ralph A. Agone of Rome, cherished grandchildren; Colette and her spouse Robert Quaglia, Jessica and Erica Watts, Alison Turner, Katie, Amy and Michael Greenan and Matthew Agone, two great grandchildren; Nathan and Stella Jo Quaglia, a brother Robert Agone, VT and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by an infant son, Joseph, two sisters; Vincenzia deSimone and Mary DeMare and a brother Anthony Agone.
The family would like to thank all of the health professionals at Rome Memorial Hospital for the care and compassion given to Ralph as well as Dr. Nicoletta Tallandini, his family doctor, the Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice and Palliative Care personnel.
Ralph would like us to remember one of his familiar bits of advice: "Remember folks, it’s all in the pacing."
Funeral services will be held on Thursday morning at 11:00 at St. John the Baptist Church for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery.
Relatives and friends may call on Wednesday from 4 to 7 at the Bottini Funeral Home, 120 W. Embargo St.
Contributions may be made in Ralph’s memory to a charity of your choice.
Online tributes may be made at: www.bottinifuneralhome.com.