Ralph Napoli

August 25, 1954March 10, 2019

Ralph Napoli, 64, of Manahawkin, NJ was tragically taken from his family on Sunday, March 10, 2019 while doing exactly what he loved, riding his Harley. Ralph was attending the Daytona Bike Week with his son Dominic and some friends when the tragedy occurred. An experienced rider of 13 years, Ralph was looking forward to spending the week in Daytona, so much so that he endured the early morning frigid 14 degree weather while leaving New Jersey on his Harley. Ralph is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Karen (neé Kifner), his devoted children; son, Dominic and his wife Jennifer, and his daughter, Denise Gant and her husband Jesse and his 3 precious granddaughters and grandson, all who were the apple of his eye. He is also survived by his loving siblings, his sister, JoAnn Jachetta and her husband Peter, his brothers; Louie and his wife Karen, Charles and his wife Holly, Angelo and his wife Lisa, Anthony and his wife Laura, Giuseppe and Michael, his many caring nieces and nephews and his constant companions, Pebbles and Marina. Ralph was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Sally Napoli and his brother, Angelo. He was born in Caltanissetta, Sicily, moving to America when he was 6 years old. His parents settled in Newark, NJ and then East Hanover, NJ. Ralph and Karen lived in Fairfield, NJ where they raised their family. He owned and operated NAPCO Truck and Auto Repair in both Caldwell, NJ and Fairfield, NJ until he and Karen moved to Manahawkin. Once settled in Manahawkin, he started NAPS Dockside Marine where he was a Marine Mechanic. Ralph held his Captain License and enjoyed sailing on his boat, the Net Prophet. He was an avid fisherman, fishing especially for game fish such as Tuna, Mako Shark and Mahi-Mahi. He also enjoyed traveling and cruising with Karen. One of his favorites past times was sitting in his backyard, drinking coffee, watching the ducks go by. He loved to just sit and watch life. Ralph was such an avid Giant fan that his family actually thought he was on the coaching staff. For one season, he drove the safari truck at Great Adventure in Jackson, it was a time of many laughs and good memories for him and his family. Ralph will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. “We are always in such a rush, that we forget to sit back and enjoy the journey.” A Funeral Mass will be held 11:00am Saturday, March 23rd at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 450 Radio Rd. Little Egg Harbor, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ralph’s name may be sent to the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, PO Box 4886 Mooresville, NC 28117 ATTN: Emily Brown or online at or Look Twice Save a Life foundation. email: (Donations for this foundation may be made through pay pal in Ralph's memory)

To leave online condolences, please visit The Thos L. Shinn Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.


23 March

Memorial Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

St Theresa Church

450 Radio Road
Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087


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Georgine Dilliplane

March 18, 2019

Dear Karen and family

My deepest condolences to you on the untimely passing of your husband and father Ralph . Remember all the wonderful memories that he left you with and carry them in your heart forever. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Love Georgine

Layla Zagey

March 18, 2019

My deepest sympathies during your time of loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Jenny Riker

March 17, 2019

Karen, Dominic and Denise,
I am so sorry for the loss of your husband and daddy. Uncle Ralph to me was such a rockstar! He was a fabulous man, kind, sweet, fun! Chris and I feel he was the nicest guy and I know he was the best father anyone could have ever asked for! The strength you have showed this past week is so inspiring...I love you all so fiercely . I will always remember my Uncle Ralph! ❤️ —Jenny

Ron Huffstutter

March 15, 2019

Dom, Leigh and I are so saddened by the tragic loss of your father. Please accept our sincerest condolences. May God give you strength during this difficult time. RIP Mr. Napoli.
Ron and Leigh Huffstutter

Cindy Touch

March 15, 2019

Karen and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. My sincere condolences to you and your family. May God give you strength at this difficult time. My prayers are with you.

Cindy Touch

Joyce Maggio

March 15, 2019

Dear Karen and the entire Napoli family....

It is with heart felt sorrow that I write to offer my condolences on the unthinkable loss of Ralph. Remembering the good times and joy that he brought to your lives will help you get through the difficult days ahead. Know that you are in my prayers .

Marcella Fernandez

March 14, 2019

Dear Denise and Family,
Although I never met Ralph, Denise talked about him all the time and all of his many talents such as Italian cooking. What a wonderful man. May Ralph Rest In Peace and your family find comfort in the fact he lived his life to the fullest and left the earth a true Legend.
All our love,
Mark and Marcella

chris otterbein

March 14, 2019

My deepest, deepest sympathies for Ralph's passing. There are no words that I can express that will ease your grief and sorrow. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Chris Otterbein

Lisa Keddy

March 14, 2019

Dear Karen and family,
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. May God give you strength to get through this difficult time. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely, Lisa Keddy

Mary Jones

March 14, 2019

Dearest Karen
Our hearts are with you. I will always remember his hospitality and kindness. May the memories of his wonderful life carry you now in this difficult time
Know we are here always