ForeverMissed

In loving memory of Ralph DeFilippo. He lived hard, and loved wisely. We will remember you forever! 

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."

"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others."


Posted by Frank Schiller on September 23, 2019
We loved Ralph!...His sense of humor, good heart, all-around friendliness and sincerity. Not another guy we enjoyed so much, especially playing cards with Him and Kathy!
Posted by Randy And Jan Davis on August 2, 2019
We were so sorry to hear that Ralph had passed away...he will forever be missed in our hearts! We will always remember him for his beautiful garden and making our kids eyes light up both the youngest to the oldest with his trains. We loved his contagious smile and laughter and the sweet example he was of loving his wife well❤️
Posted by Herb Phelan on July 26, 2019
Ralph and I were shipmates aboard the USS Miller back in the 1950's. He and I traveled all over the world in that great old "tin can" and came back home safely. He was a good shipmate and a good friend. I'll always cherish the memories of our adventures together.
Posted by Elaine Stamper on July 22, 2019
Ralph was my cousin and I miss him so very much.
He was such a hard working man who loved his garden and his trains.
He also loved Kathy with his whole heart ❤️.
They were the perfect couple.
Ralph could be so funny, we always enjoyed spending time together.
Oh lest I forget Ralph, made the best salad you ever wanted to eat.
Love and Miss You Always, Dear Cuz.
Posted by Joe Cutler on July 22, 2019
Dear Kathy, relatives, and friends of Ralph. I had no idea that Ralph had passed. I'm so sorry to hear of His passing, and extend to You My sincerest condolences and heartfelt prayers in this, a most difficult time for You. Although I didn't get the opportunity to get to know Ralph very well, You and He seemed like a member of My Family. Take care. Sincerely, Joe Cutler
Posted by Kathleen DeFilippo on July 22, 2019
Ralph gave me joy every day of our days together.
Posted by Kathleen DeFilippo on March 19, 2019
I loved him!

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Posted by Frank Schiller on September 23, 2019
We loved Ralph!...His sense of humor, good heart, all-around friendliness and sincerity. Not another guy we enjoyed so much, especially playing cards with Him and Kathy!
Posted by Randy And Jan Davis on August 2, 2019
We were so sorry to hear that Ralph had passed away...he will forever be missed in our hearts! We will always remember him for his beautiful garden and making our kids eyes light up both the youngest to the oldest with his trains. We loved his contagious smile and laughter and the sweet example he was of loving his wife well❤️
Posted by Herb Phelan on July 26, 2019
Ralph and I were shipmates aboard the USS Miller back in the 1950's. He and I traveled all over the world in that great old "tin can" and came back home safely. He was a good shipmate and a good friend. I'll always cherish the memories of our adventures together.
his Life

The final move

In October 2018 Kathy and Ralph decided to move to St. Barnabas in Gibsonia. Mike and I went to help with moving all the Christmas decorations, and what Ralph had in the garage. You can't imagine what someone collects over a lifetime until your the one moving it. 8 truck runs later and it didn't even make a dent. We worked three whole weekends to get it done. On the last night before the closing, we rushed to empty out the sheds, and dig up some plants Ralph wanted to keep. It was 10pm and too much work still to do. We called in reinforcements to get it done. After three car loads over to my mothers garage a few streets away we finished up. My truck was loaded down and hit it's weight capacity. Driving home I could hear how much stress was on the shocks. I got home and crashed. I don't know how he could work so hard and not need sleep for days to recover. For 79, he was in better shape than me in my 30's. I woke up the next day at 5am to go to work. When I got home, I realized I still had to unpack the truck and find a place for all the decorations he had given us. It took us three work parties of our own to organize and find places for everything. The best part was the things Ralph said to throw out, magically ended up in one of our boxes. It is hard to part with anything no matter how old it was, because Ralph could always see the beauty in it, and what purpose it could still serve. That is just how he lived his life. No matter what the ailment, or illness he could still do something to get work done!

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The car guy

Shared by Amanda ZENUH on March 4, 2019

I had been told many times that I had to meet this really cool man with a special car. The day finally came. He hugged me and said come in your welcome, but he's (my boyfriend) is tolerated. Ralphs sense of humor always made me laugh. Ralph was so welcoming and opened his life up to me right away. What pride he took in his car. Then at Christmas, I felt like it was the north pole at his house. Ralph didn't just do Christmas, Ralph was Christmas! I always loved to visit. Especially when his gardens were in bloom. I always thought he was a slave to his yard, now I know it was the other way around.  We all had many good laughs together. If he needed anything, we all jumped. What a good man with a big heart!