The Obit For Ralph Bernardini

Ralph F. Bernardini
Umpire August Friday, August 28, 2010

WATERBURY — Mr. Ralph F. Bernardini, 81, of Bunker Hill Avenue, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at Waterbury Hospital. He was the loving husband of the late Catherine "Kitty" (Lorusso) Bernardini.

Mr. Bernardini was born Oct. 3, 1928, in New Haven, a son of the late Geconda and Armalinda (Bonugli) Bernardini. Ralph was a 1947 graduate of Hillhouse High School in New Haven. After high school, Ralph was signed to play baseball with the Boston Braves as a catcher and also, in 1954, attended the Bill McGower Umpiring School in New Haven. He went on to umpire many local and regional baseball games and was the only umpire to officiate over four state championship games in a full year. His love of baseball was a constant in his life - evident in the pride he took when being called to umpire major league spring training games, a highlight of his career.

Ralph worked for many years with the American Legion, umpiring baseball games in the local area as well as state and regional tournaments, and two American Legion World Series Tournaments. In addition to his umpire work, Ralph also worked at Pratt & Whitney, Taft School, as an assistant to Father Ranieri at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, and retired from the Bristol Company.

While a presence on the baseball diamond, Ralph was a mild-mannered, easy going gentleman with an amazing sense of humor. He was a great storyteller and a wonderful family man. Later in life, Ralph continued to enjoy baseball and other sports and, along with his devoted friends, John Bellino and Elmer Deschaine, attended and enjoyed baseball, soccer and basketball games. He also spent good times with his close friends, Cosmo DePalma and Tom Way.

The family would like to thank the staff of the 4th Floor/Telemetry Wing of Waterbury Hospital and the staff at Bucks Hill Rehabilitation Center for the wonderful and compassionate care shown to Ralph and his family.

Ralph leaves his brothers, Joseph Bernardini of Cheshire, Louis Bernardini of New Haven; his sister, Laticia McAuley of Florida; his sister-in-law, Rosemary LoRusso of Waterbury; and his nieces and nephews, Lucille DeGregorio and her husband, Marc, Alice Herteu, Edward McAuley and his wife, Tara, Bernadette Less and her husband, Richard, Gloria Hollenbeck, and Phyllis Zawacki and her husband, Walter. He also leaves several grandnieces and grandnephews including Michael LoRusso, Clete LoRusso, Elena LoRusso, Robert LoRusso, Francine LoRusso and Nicole Gabor.

A funeral will be held 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, from the Maiorano Funeral Home, 95 Willow St., Waterbury, to St. Michael's Church for a Mass at 10:30 a.m. Entombment will immediately follow in Calvary Queen of Peace Mausoleum. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday morning from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Corporal Coyle Post #1, Baseball Scholarship, 30 Hewey St., Waterbury 06708.

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