Ralph John Spagnolo, 54 of Wilmington, DE and formerly of Dunellen, NJ, passed away on Saturday January 9, 2021 in Newark, DE. Born in Orange, NJ, he is the son of Jacqueline and his deceased father Armando Joseph Spagnolo, grandson of the late Ralph and Rose Oufiero and Joseph and Helen Spagnolo; father to Angelina Grace and Jacqueline Rose Spagnolo, brother to Suzanne Tolomeo and brother in law to Gerald Tolomeo; uncle to Matthew, Joseph and Gianna, and is survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and good and friends who loved him and will miss him dearly.
Ralph grew up in Dunellen, and attended St. John’s Elementary School and Dunellen High School. He graduated from Stockton University with a degree in Marine Biology,and was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity. He then earned his Masters Degree in Marine Policy from the University of Delaware. He was employed by the EPA Philadelphia region for 30 years as a wetlands specialist for watersheds and estuaries in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. He was also the teacher of state employees in DEP. Ralph was also a part time teacher and lecturer in Biology and Environmental Science for 29 years at Cabrini University in Radnor, PA. He loved the Jersey Shore, spending his summers in Ocean City and Pt. Pleasant Beach, crabbing off of his dock and fishing on his boat. Ralph had a way of putting everyone at ease and feeling welcome. He loved his family with all his heart, especially his girls Angelina and Jacqueline. He left this world way too soon, and will be sadly missed.
Friends may visit the family on Friday, January 15, 2021 from 2:00-5:00pm at the Sheenan Funeral Home, 233 Dunellen Ave in Dunellen. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 16 at 10:00am at St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church in Dunellen. Burial will follow at Resurrection Burial Park in Piscataway.
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