Ralph E. Marino

July 29, 1955November 20, 2021

Ralph Marino, 66, of Waretown, NJ, passed away on Saturday, November 20th at Southern Ocean County Hospital in Manahawkin, NJ. Ralph was born July 29th, 1955 at North Hudson Hospital in Weehawken, NJ. He graduated from North Bergen High School in 1973. He continued his education at Ramapo College and received a B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Social Work in 1984. After college he worked in the child study team department at North Bergen High School for 26 years. He was also part of the coaching staff for the North Bergen Basketball Team. Upon retirement he started the motivational speaking program Above the Rim. He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Marino, his father, Emanuel Marino, his sister Frances Ferranti and brother-in-law Thomas Raimondi. He is survived by his sisters Cheryl Mangiacapra and Jeanne Raimondi and brother in laws Andrew Mangiacapra and Michael Ferranti. He leaves behind 3 nieces, 4 nephews, and 7 great nieces and 5 great nephews. Ralph chose to live a wonder and fulfilled life surrounded by amazing family and friends who he always gave unconditional love and support to. Words will never be enough to express how much we love him and how much he will be missed. Due to the uptick in Covid a Memorial Service will be held at a later date.


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Zohra Amed

November 30, 2021

So very sorry to learn of the passing of dear Ralphie. I had the honor to work with him on the Child Study Team at North Bergen High School. He was so upbeat, full of life force, humor, and love. He always made me laugh with his humor. He brought his divine love to his work and students. He was dedicated to his students and it was wonderful to see how he loved them and did all to support them. He was a gentle soul, so open and loving. We all loved him. So very sorry.......blessings and condolences to his family and loved ones. He will be missed.


November 30, 2021

We are very sorry to hear of Ralph's passing. We've known Ralph since he was in high School at North Bergen. Randy, I and others would always get up to the gym on Sundays and scrimmage against the HS kids; Ralph never forgot those games we had. He called me a few months back and that's exactly what we talked about. And, over the years, especially when he was coaching with Randy, we spent a lot of time with and had so much fun with Ralph, especially going to Louie's after the HS games. Or, we would pick Ralph up, travel to a college game, then out for dinner. Adversity was definitely not a part of Ralph's vocabulary. No matter what the obstacle he had to overcome, he overcame it effortlessly. Ralph had a vast amount of support from his immediate family and friends. Our hearts go out to Cheryl, Jeannie and Andy. The Marino family is a great family, including Mary and Manny. Great people!! God bless Ralph and he will ALWAYS be remembered in our prayers. Sincerely, Danny & Cynthia Cortese

Tommy Denning

November 24, 2021

Uncle Ralph,

We were all so lucky to have you in our life. I will never forget how positive and selfless you were. When you started your venture with Above the Rim, I was honored that you came to my school to speak. We will miss you!


Jennifer Vogt

November 24, 2021

Knowing you and working for you was a privilege!! I’m sure your up there celebrating!! If it wasn’t for you I would not be fighting still!!Ralphie you love your family and friends like no other!! Thank you for all you taught me I will love you Forever💙Jenny May


November 23, 2021

Rest in peace, Ralphie. I have many kind and funny memories of you dating back to my days at NBHS. You were a mentor and friend to many, and put so much good into the world. God bless you and all those who will miss you. Rest easy...

Diane Junger

November 23, 2021

I was Blessed to have spent the last 18 months with Ralph,
His love and Dedication to his family and friends Was nothing short of amazing.

I am going to miss you more than I would have ever imagined!

Rest In Peace Smalls....


November 22, 2021

Visiting Ralph in his home was a privilege. He expressed himself with love and enthusiasm.God please wrap your arms around him.


November 22, 2021

I was heartbroken when my son texted me Saturday about Ralphs passing, we kept in touch over the years, the last time I saw Ralph in person was at a Ramapo college BB game in Dec 2019 right before covid hit , Ralph had been a coach to the current coach of Ramapo college BasketBall and as always, he was so upbeat I and I am sure all will miss him dearly with his big smile . truly a great guy who accomplished much in life, REST IN PEACE FRIEND

Joe Peluso

gloria chytrak

November 22, 2021

Very sorry to hear of Ralph's passing. We had many a laugh working together at North Bergen High School. We have lost a good soul. My sympathies to his family

Peter Scarpato

November 22, 2021

Very sad to hear the news about a great, great guy. A true life force who stayed on course through the worst of life, and cherished all from the best of life. Godspeed Ralphie.