OBITUARY

Ralph A. Salamone

December 22, 1931January 28, 2013

Ralph Angelo Salamone, 81, of Portland, ME died peacefully on January 28, 2013 at the Gosnell Memorial Home surrounded by his loving family.

Ralph was born in Portland on December 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 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, MA, and would later relocate to Southern Maine with his family and serve as Director of Music at both Windham and later South Portland, ME 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, ME; a daughter Anne Harris of Golden's Bridge, NY; three sons, Ralph Salamone Jr. of Norwalk, Conn.; Christopher Salamone of So. Portland, ME; Kevin Salamone of Manlius, NY; sisters Anne Andrews of So. Portland, ME; Caroline Flaherty of Kennebunk, ME; granddaughters, Sarah Harris and Teresa Salamone; grandsons, Thomas, Jack, Joseph, and Jeffery Salamone and several nieces and nephews.

A 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial for Ralph will be held this Friday, February 1, 2013 at St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Ave. Portland, ME.

In lieu of flowers the Salamone family suggests memorials be made in Ralph's memory to the Cumberland County Retired Educators Assoc. Scholarship Fund c/o Karen Oak, 345 Saco St. 347, Westbrook, ME 04092.

Care for Ralph and his family has been entrusted to the Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home of Portland, ME.

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, February 1, 2013
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Ralph A. Salamone

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Ella Hunt Cressy

February 1, 2013

Great memories of him introducing my sister to the oboe and myself to the flute when we were in 5th and 3rd grades resepctively at Windham. He taught us so much, and was such a positive influence in our lives. Toughts and prayers to his family and friends

Tom & Donna Hoag

February 1, 2013

Kevin, Donna & Family; Extending sympathy to you and your family during this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jeff Kelly

February 1, 2013

I was fortunate to have Mr Salamone as my music teacher at South Portland. He made coming to class fun and the support he showed for all of us was second to none.

Kevin Salamone

February 1, 2013

On behalf of the family, I am hereby sending our deepest thanks for such heartfelt and meaningful condolences. Your thoughts, prayers and wishes are greatly appreciated... Thank you so much!

Tracy ( Galt ) Hustus

February 1, 2013

He was by far the sweetest , gentlest, most calming person to be around. I remember dancing with him at my wedding. He made everyone feel special! What a truely special person. I am a better person because of him ! Thank you Mr. S. for everything ! Will miss and love you always......

Tracy (Galt) Hustus

February 1, 2013

Will miss you !! Xo

Virginia Beach

January 31, 2013

I have great memories of Ralph- he was my date to the senior prom! Sincere sympathy to all the family, he will be greatly missed. Virginia Beach

Jennifer MacKeil~Little

January 31, 2013

I cannot express how lucky I was to know him as at South Portland. He was my favorite teacher and I think of him often. His patience and fairness inspired me. He was the most inspired, nurturing sole and anyone who was fortunate enough to have him as a teacher was truly blessed. My prayers are with his family.

Laura Galt

January 31, 2013

He was my favorite teacher at South Portland. I remember all the time I spent working with him and talking to him and all the trips to the Portland Players and all the chorus trips.. He was a great man and will be missed.
SPHS Class of "87"

Frank Panuzzo

January 31, 2013

I grew up with Ralph on middle st our prayers are with the family at this time