Ralph Peter Grieco
May 21, 1942 – August 28, 2019
Ralph Peter Grieco age 77 went home to be with his Savior and Heavenly Father on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 in Roswell, GA.
Ralph was born in Queens, New York on May 21, 1942 to Ralph and Eleanor Grieco. When Ralph was 45 he learned of his biological father Bill Hanka, who he eventually met and formed an endearing relationship with.
Independent and determined from the beginning he stayed in Florida by himself so he could attend Miami Beach High School where he first learned how to play tennis, a game that would change the trajectory of his life. He would eventually earn a scholarship at Rollins College where he studied physics, earned an MBA and met his first wife of 15 years Marta Jones, also the mother of his two children. He finished his education studying engineering at Columbia University. He began his career in Boca Raton at Southern Bell later called BellSouth where for the next 38 years he was a leader and mentor to many. Most importantly he built many lifetime friendships that he continued to nurture long after he retired. He also met his wife of 22 years Kristy Grieco at BellSouth and if you knew them during those years you may have been lucky enough to catch them burning up the dance floor swing dancing to the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. He was a man of many interests and when he found a new one he would always try to master it and usually did.
While he retired from BellSouth not long after moving to Roswell, Georgia, he would never retire from tennis and continued to hone his craft excelling to the top of the rankings in the ALTA tennis league. He is currently ranked 11th in the country for his age group. He also loved his golf game and played regularly until the very last day he was able to walk this earth. He often mentioned how he cherished the conversation and fellowship that golf brought with it. Another of Ralph’s many talents was photography. If you knew him even for a day he most likely has a photo of you somewhere. The second half of life also brought with it cats. Kristy and Ralph are the proud parents of 8 cats and many others they have fostered and cared for along the way through Kristy’s cat rescue organization. One of the most relevant additions to his life in later years was beginning his faith journey through Bible Study Fellowship classes. It brought him so much joy to learn about Christ and share a faith that impacted him so deeply. He genuinely loved meeting new people and never hesitating to lend a hand if there was a need. He loved his family as well as creating traditions that brought them together. Our famous Marco Island week will never feel the same without him.
Survivors include his wife Kristy Grieco, his children Bob Grieco (Andrea) and Lisa Grieco Sandusky (Sam), sisters Karen Groth and Linda Freisitzer (Norbert), brother Rick Grieco (Susan), Craig Hanka (Santha), Bruce Hanka, and eight grandchildren Marti, Danny, Carlina, Alessa, Kendal, Jennifer, Luis and Antonio.
In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to:
Atlanta Step Up Society a 501 (c)(3) which assists homeless veterans with recovery needs. He was involved here for many years and a cause he was honored to support. Atlanta Step Up Society https://www.atlantastepupsociety.org/donations1/donations
And another organization that Ralph believed in was Kristy’s cat rescue All About Cats a 501 (c) (3). All About Cats Rescue www.allaboutcatsrescue.org www.paypal.me/AllAboutCats
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Roswell Funeral Home
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Ralph Peter Grieco
September 12, 2019
I met Ralph at tje Long oat Key Senior Tournament Iin 2016. His amazing photography was a highlight of the tournament which I was working in.
I also took some photos of him playing since he was photographing when he was off the court.
I enjoyed knowing Ralph and he had a zest for life and amazing energy.
I just found out a month later that he passed.
I'm so sorry amd wish his family healing.
September 10, 2019
We met Ralph at our Super Senior Tournaments at
the Sanchez Casel Club. He played tennis in the tournament and also was the photographer for our great event. I volunteered for
years to run this tournament with several other great tennis players. Ralph was very outgoing and a very nice person. He
captured many great moments of people on the tennis courts and the dinner dance afterwards. We really appreciated everything he did. I will also cherish the cross he gave me as a symbol of our faith. May he rest in peace and our deepest sympathy to the family from all tennis players in Naples, FL.
September 10, 2019
I knew Ralph thru Southern Tennis . He was one of the best on the courts but also, very special off the courts. What a guy he was...….. He was one of those special people that when you "ran into him" you felt better when you departed from him. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. I am so sorry for his family. My very best to them.
September 9, 2019
What a shocker. Just spent time with him in April in Houston. He will be missed by all.
September 8, 2019
To Ralph Grieco's Family,
I knew your Beloved husband and father through MBHS and as we graduated together in 1965 and then saw each other at a Reunion . He was very good in Tennis as was voted Most Athletic in our Senior Year. Ralph was a very warm & friendly person.
May your Memories that you Share with One Another bring you Comfort and that Ralph's Name, Ralph Peter Grieco be said as a Blessing.
Esther Mazor Wolfer
September 8, 2019
Such a beautiful tribute Kristy. I only met Ralph once but he greeted me with warmth and I noticed immediately his sense of humor. My heart breaks for you and I continue to hold you in my prayers and in my heart.
September 7, 2019
One of the greatest men I ever had the pleasure of knowing, and he was my father-in-law! A man who embraced integrity. Ralph you will be dearly missed. Warm up the front nine (in heaven) for me! We’ll play all 18 when I get there.