Ralph J. Salamone, 88
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WINDHAM -- Ralph J. Salamone, 88, of Windham died on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Springbrook Nursing Home after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease with his loving family by his side over the last four weeks.
He was born in Portland, the son of Raffele and Camilla Salamone who came to this country on the Montevido from Naples, Italy arriving at Ellis Island in 1904. He attended Portland schools graduating from Portland High School class of 1942. Ralph served honorably in the U.S. Navy during WWII in the South Pacific on board the USS Tisdale as a gunners mate. After he returned from the service he met the love of his life the former Evelyn Levesque. They purchased their home on Munjoy Hill where they raised three children. During the summer they spent their time at the family camp at Sebago Lake which later became their winter home.
Ralph was employed for 38 years at the Portland Water District holding several positions, the last one was serving as a Service Supervisor. While there, one of his courageous events was rescuing three victims from a gas explosion at a home on Presumspcot Street. The City of Portland presented Ralph with a 'Commendation for Bravery' for his heroic act. He retired from the Portland Water District in 1986. After his retirement he began working with his son Stephen and grandson Travis lobstering on Casco Bay which he enjoyed for 15 years.
Ralph loved the outdoors never refusing to go fishing, hunting or taking a walk in the woods. One of his most memorable vacations was going on a moose hunt with his son and grandson while staying at his daughter's camp in Greenville. His first and foremost was his unconditional love for his family while providing for each of them.
He was a communicant of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in North Windham.
He was predeceased by his sisters, Dinah Amoroso, Anna Vacchiano, Josephine Young, Mary Salamone, Yolanda Salamone, and brothers, Anthony, Angelo, Vincenzo, Ernest, and Henry who was shot down in his plane during WWII listed as missing in action. Besides his wife of 66 years, Evelyn Salamone of Windham, he leaves a son, Stephen R. Salamone of Standish; Susan Salamone and Laurie Salamone, both of Windham; a sister, Eleanor Lawson of Portland; five grandchildren, Jamie Salamone, Travis McManus, Jeremy Salamone, Dakota Partridge, Wyatt Partridge, and Travis and his wife Aimee McManus; very special great-granddaughters, Drew and Harper McManus, and Jayden Salamone; and Nancy Johnson, a beloved family member.
There will be no visiting hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Route 302, North Windham on Thursday, June 27, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Harding Cemetery, Standish. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to:
Maine Chapter 2C
383 U.S. RT One
Scarborough, Maine 04074
Ralph J. Salamone
Jones, Rich & Hutchins
Funeral Home & Cremation Service
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from June 25 to June 26, 2013