Ralph A. Salamone, 81
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PORTLAND -- Ralph Angelo Salamone, 81, of Portland, died peacefully at the Gosnell Memorial Home surrounded by his loving family.
Ralph was born in Portland on Dec. 22, 1931, the son of the late Angelo and Stella (Ingerowski) Salamone. He graduated from Deering High School in 1949 and
would further his education at the New England Conservatory of Music from which he received his bachelor's degree in 1953. Ralph would continue his education and achieve his Masters of Education Administration from Boston University in 1959.
In 1953 Ralph was married to his true love Mary Ryan. Together they raised a beautiful family and enjoyed nearly 60 years of marriage.
Ralph began his career as Director of Music in Dalton, Mass., and would later relocate to Southern Maine with his family and serve as Director of Music at both Windham and later South Portland school districts.
Music was one of Ralph's many passions. He was an accomplished vocal soloist and musician in the Greater Boston area and performed with the New England Opera Theater. Ralph was a member of the Phi Mu Alpha Symphonia Music Fraternity, the Cumberland County Retired Educators Association, the Knights of Columbus, and long time communicant of St. Pius X R.C. Church.
Ralph also enjoyed wood carving, and was a passionate gardener.
Ralph is a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many. His wonderful voice and gracious disposition will be missed by all who knew him.
Ralph is survived by his loving wife, Mary (Ryan) Salamone of Portland; a daughter ,Anne Harris of Golden's Bridge, N.Y., three sons, Ralph Salamone Jr. of Norwalk, Conn., Christopher Salamone of So. Portland, Kevin Salamone of Manlius, N.Y.; sisters, Anne Andrews of So. Portland, Caroline Flaherty of Kennebunk; granddaughters, Sarah Harris and Teresa Salamone, grandsons, Thomas, Jack, Joseph, and Jeffery Salamone; and several nieces and nephews.
A 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial for Ralph will be held this Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Ave., Portland. Care for Ralph and his family has been entrusted to the Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home of Portland.
In lieu of flowers, the Salamone family suggests memorials be made in Ralph's memory to:
The Cumberland County Retired Educators Assoc. Scholarship Fund Care of Karen Oak
345 Saco St. 347
Westbrook, Maine 04092
Jones, Rich & Hutchins
Funeral Home & Cremation Service
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on January 31, 2013