Ralph L. Wade Jr. M.D. F.A.C.E.P.

February 18, 1953December 1, 2013
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Ralph L. Wade, Jr. M.D. F.A.C.E.P. , age 60, of Plaistow, NH died Sunday evening in the Lahey Clinic, Burlington, surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness. Born in Lynn, he was the son of the late Ralph L. Wade Sr. and Ellen T. (Linehan) Wade. He was raised in West Lynn, was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School Class of 1971 and resided here for most of his life before moving to Plaistow in the 1980s. He received his Bachelor of Science in biology from Merrimack College and his Medical Degree for the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, graduating Summa Cum Laude in the Class of 1979. He was a teacher and lecturer at the UMASS-Worcester Medical Center. He also worked at NSMC-Salem Hospital, Atlantic Care Medical Center, North Shore Trauma Center (formerly Lynn Hospital) and also the former Hale Hospital in Haverhill. He was a compassionate and caring physician who saved many lives working as a board certified Fellow of emergency medicine for over 15 years. In his spare time, he had a passion for baseball. He was an umpire and served both Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire as Vice President of training and education for the Merrimack Valley Umpire Association (MVUA) since 2001. He was also a member of the Greater Lawrence Baseball Umpire Association (GLBUA). For the last 6 years, he served as program coordinator and taught paramedic technology at Northern Essex Community College in Lawrence. He leaves his brother, John S. Wade Sr. and his wife Gail of Danvers and his sister, Denise Nardone and her husband Edward of Lynn. Also survived by his 3 nephews, Edward A. Nardone Jr. and his wife Kim of Danvers, John S. Wade Jr. of Danvers, Spencer J. Wade of Danvers, and his 1 niece, Jessica E. Nardone and her wife Allison of Salem. He was the great uncle to Edward Nardone III and Victoria Nardone and is further survived by many cousins and friends. His Funeral will be held from the CUFFE-MCGINN FUNERAL HOME, 157 Maple St. Lynn on Friday at 9:30AM followed by a Funeral Mass in the Sacred Heart Church, Lynn at 10:30AM. Relatives and friends invited. Burial will be private. Visiting Hours Thursday 2-4 & 7-9PM.


  • Visitation Thursday, December 5, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, December 5, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Friday, December 6, 2013

Ralph L. Wade Jr. M.D. F.A.C.E.P.

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Johnathan Burda

March 21, 2014

I was an umpire and an Emt student. Ralph had a huge passion for what he did and he will be missed. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family. When I get back into umpiring it won't be the same without you. You will be missed buddy. RIP Ralph...

Jane Coleman

January 26, 2014

I went through medical school and internship with Ralph. The most striking thing about Ralph, especially in that environment, was how extremely humble and down to earth he was. Smart, funny, kind-hearted, and never, ever any superior or condescending attitude. We had many laughs together and, when things were tough, it was a comfort to see him come around the corner. I googled him today, thinking of getting back in touch, but unfortunately, his obituary came up. Makes me very sad.

Susan Linehan

December 18, 2013

John and Denise and Ralph's family- please accept the Linehan family's condolences. We were so sorry to hear of Ralph's passing. We haven't seen Ralph in a long time, but have pleasant memories of visiting the Wade family on Waterford Street in the summers of the late 50's and early 60's. Also good memories at John's wedding. May Ralph rest in peace. Susan,David, John,Jr, and John Linehan,Sr.

Jeff Chaisson

December 11, 2013

I knew Ralph very briefly as a fellow umpire. I saw him at the annual meetings and a few time on the field every year. He was very gracious & funny & knowledgeable. I didn't even know he was a doctor, that is a tribute to his lack of ego & self-importance, He was just a man & an umpire & talked to everyone as an equal. I will miss my brief encounters with him & all the umpires of the MVUA have lost a dear member. He was a steward of the group & of the game. Rest in peace Mr. Wade.

Dianne(Rogers) Jacobs

December 10, 2013

My sincere condolences to 'little Raphie's' Family Members! Growing up on Waterford Street, Ralphie, Denise, and John probably learned how to swim in my parents pool, and my Dad, John Rogers, was popular with all the neighborhood kids. Ralphie was always a polite young man, and I am glad to read how much he accomplished in his life. I am sorry for your loss.

Jack Miniter

December 7, 2013

I was so sorry to hear (belatedly) of Ralph's passing. Although I had not seen him since he was in Med School, I fondly remember his friendship during our grammar school years at Sacred Heart in Lynn. Despite the distance in years, I believe that our friendship endured. He, and his family, will remain in my prayers.


December 6, 2013

Ralph, you were a great teacher. I've learned so much from you. Paramedic school is one of the hardest schools to go through and you made it easy, fun, and enjoyable. You have us some good laughs and shared some funny stories that still puts smiles on our faces everytime we think of you. Rest in peace. Thank you for everything!

Kim Aoki, M.D.

December 6, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of Ralph's passing. I first met Ralph while working at the Hale ER 30 years ago. He "showed me the ropes there" as an emergency physician. He was a great Dr. and person and will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathies to his family.

Jeanette Cholewa

December 6, 2013

It was a pleasure to have known Dr. Wade, and to have worked with him. In the midst of the E.R. chaos and distress, he was calm and competant He, indeed, was a gentle soul that will be missed and remembered fondly.

Kristina Barker

December 5, 2013

I'm sorry for your loss...Please accept my sincere sympathies.

(colleague of Jessica at Tewksbury Hospital)