Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel & Oaklawn Cemetery

4801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL


Louis Vincent Ferraro

June 7, 1962January 9, 2020
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Master Chief Louis Vincent Ferraro, 57, of Jacksonville, FL and went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at UF Shands Hospital.

He was born on Thursday, June 7, 1962 in Newark, NJ to the late Anthony and Joanne (Ricca) Ferraro. Mr. Lou Ferraro was a member of Celebration Church and always put God and his family first.

"Sweet Lou" spent his glory years as a leader and mentor in the US Navy guiding and developing young sailors. But after a 30-year career, he eventually settled down in Jacksonville, FL with his wife and enjoyed his retirement by golfing, riding his Harley, and most of all, spending time with his kids.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother in-law, Paul Kevin O'Neill, of Caldwell, NJ.

Survivors include:

His loving wife - Florencia "Nikki"

Son - Anthony

Daughters - Dana, Regina and Kaley

Granddaughter - Elliana

Sister - Lisa O'Neill (Paul)

Nephews - Paul and Kevin O'Neill

Mother-in-Law - Frances Smith

Brother-in-Law - Timothy Pitts

Niece - Lyric Pitts

As well as a host of family and friends

As we reflect on Louis' life, we remember him by his warm embrace, everlasting sense of humor, and uncanny ability to tell us exactly what we needed to hear. May his passionate devotion to the joy of others live in the hearts of all those blessed to have known him.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 15, 2020


Louis Vincent Ferraro

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Berlinda’ Garland

January 16, 2020

I met him when I first came to Jacksonville. My husband and I went to NAS Jacksonville and he was always making sure we were taken care of. Always smiling and friendly. Through the years we became friends. May you Rest In Peace and God be with you and your beautiful family. Never forgotten. Blessed be......🙏 Russ & Berlinda Garland

Michael Boner

January 15, 2020

I remember sweet Lou and all his jokes. I was a young HM2 at Navy Records bldg 421 and He an Neal Johnson would role in like they owned the place. Always trying to tell me how the Navy really runs, would recite naval instruction numbers just to try and through me off my game. Little did I know these numbers were better found in a haystack. Lou and Neal Johnson was a Mophia to recon with. We've got the watch Lou, Gone to soon my brother, rest easy we have the watch.

Gina Romano

January 15, 2020

Lou, you were one of a kind! You touched the lives and hearts of so many, and always had a smile on your face. I am blessed and grateful to have served with you at NH Jax, and thank you for your selfless wisdom and warm humor. Your memory will forever live in your Sailors, Shipmate. May you Rest In Peace. ❤️🙏💙

Jeff Pritchett

January 15, 2020

I have known “Sweet Lou” since 2000. He detailed me to the Truman with him in 2002 and wore my tail out for 3 years. I have talked to him on and off and always reached out for mentor ship or just to talk smack. Was one of the first persons I called and thanked when I made Chief, Senior Chief and Master Chief. Made a huge impact on my life and how to take care of your Sailors. Will be truly missed. Fair winds and following seas Sweet Lou. Prayers to all of his family.
HMCM Jeff “Catfish” Pritchett

J. Allen Echon

January 15, 2020

My fondest memories of Master Chief was at NH Jacksonville, FL. As a, then young HM1, I appreciated and valued all the mentorship, coaching and guidance. The lessons I learned then I carry up to now. A Master Chief at the truest sense to his sailors. Rest in Peace, we have the watch. I offer my prayers and condolences to you and your loved ones.

J. Allen Echon

Mary Kopp

January 15, 2020

My memory of Lou which I will never forget is when our son passed away I was walking around the block and he was going to his parents house he stop and ask, you are walking very early and I said I had to because I had to clear my thoughts my son passed away last night. Within an hour their family was coming over to help us in anyway they could. Our family's become very close we had block party's with fireworks, BBQ's and friendships. We played darts and horseshoes. Lou you are in our heart and prayers. I pray for your family and god bless you.

Carrie Moore

January 15, 2020

I remember being new to NH Jacksonville back in 2008 and you would always come to SEAT (staff education department) with your cup and make jokes and make every one laugh.
This is never easy for anyone and I send my condolences to family! God needed another angel ❤️🙏🏾

HM2 Moore

Kerlon Williams

January 15, 2020

I vividly remember back in 2007 when you welcomed me to my first duty at the Naval Hospital of Jacksonville. Your leadership and service was a great example to many that followed in your footsteps.
Rest in Peace Master Chief Ferraro🙏🏾

Juanita Watson

January 15, 2020

Rest In Peace Lou. I will remember our times at Naval Hospital Jacksonville. You will be missed but not forgotten . Thanks for your service and the positive road model you instilled in Sailors. Blessings and prayers for Nikki and your entire family. God has sent you to a better place. Rest easy HMCM Louis Ferraro🙏🙏🙏.

Karese Holmes

January 15, 2020

I never imagined that I would see the passing of Lou, NH Jax family mourns the loss of another great Sailor, Mentor and Friend!
Sleep Easy!
My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your husband/father. It is never easy to lose anyone, no matter their age. I pray for your peace and comfort during this difficult period.

HM2(Ret.) Holmes, Karese


Master Chief Louis Ferraro


Lou and his daughter Dana Ferraro