Wallace M. Raneo

November 4, 1921April 24, 2014
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HARWICHPORT Wallace M. Raneo, Sr

Wallace “Wally” Manuel Raneo, Sr. was born in Harwich on November 4, 1921 to Balbina and Antone Raneo. He died at 10:40PM on April 24, 2014.

Wally was married to Eugenia Raneo who predeceased him in 1997. He later married Faustina “Tina” Roderick in 1999.

Wally attended Harwich High School. He joined the Army and served in World War II as a Medical Tech serving with the 26th Field Hospital and received the Medal for Service in Russia and Iran given by the Prime Minister of Iran.

Wally played semi pro baseball with the New Britan Machines in Connecticut. He also played on the Cape Cod League as a catcher from 1946 to 1959 and has been a devoted fan since 1959, as well as a Red Sox fan. His heart has always been with the patriots and has never missed a home game from 1962 – 2010.

Wally designed and built homes. He was a member of the Waterways Committee that built Saquatucket Harbor and donated the flagpole base to the town. He was on the Committee for Medi Center Five and helped design and build the facility; he was a Real Estate Broker and Appraiser; Life time member of the Knights of Columbus; Member of the Cape Cod Builders Association; Past President of Kiwanis and has been a member for 48 years, and lifetime member of the VFW.

Wally was a devoted husband, father and friend, who loved to socialize. He loved music, dancing and dining out with his wife Tina. He also loved children and would find joy in playing and joking with his grandchildren no matter what their age.

Wally Leaves behind his Wife of 14 years Faustina Raneo, his children: Margo and husband Willie Bellamy of Harwich, Toni Raneo (Predeceased), Wendy Espanet of Belligham, Wallace M. Raneo, Jr and wife Elsie of Harwich, step daughters Joane Roderick of Dennis Port, Jill Polselli and Husband Cliff of West Yarmouth, seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren, two step grandchildren and four step great grandchildren.

Visitation hours will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at the Doane, Beal & Ames Funeral Home, 260 Main St., W. Harwich. His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Holy Trinity Church, 426 Main St., W. Harwich. Burial will follow in Island Pond Cemetery.

If desired,memorial donations in his name may be made to Big Brother Big Sister, 1934 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA 02632 or Independence House, 160 Bassett Ln., Hyannis, MA 02601


  • VISITATION Wednesday, April 30, 2014
  • FUNERAL MASS Thursday, May 1, 2014

Wallace M. Raneo

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Richard Arneson

June 26, 2014

In around 1972 Wallace senior made the dream of home ownership come true for my family when he and his team constructed a beautiful little house for my mother and father on Long Road in Harwich. I recall him as a great and honest man, hard working and true blue in character. His son Skip was a great friend to me in my younger years and he too, more recently, helped complete another beautiful home for my sister Lee near Chatham Road. I have always known Wallce and his family to be the absolute finest of people.

God Bless to All,

Richard Arneson (Arnie)

Roderick Thomas

May 14, 2014

Our deepest condolences goes out to the Raneo family. I had the pleasure to meet Wally through my father Angel Thomas. Every time Wally came to Aruba we where together. He and my father would have the best of times. He was just here last February. Brought my father some Red Sox memorabilia since they both loved the Red Sox. He will surely be missed.

Angel & Marcia Thomas
Roderick Angelo Thomas

Oranjestad, Aruba

Wallace Raneo

May 12, 2014

may his life continue to be an inspirational guide to all ~ J. Kuhn

Junie Joia

May 9, 2014

Tina and the Raneo Family, I will miss the times that Wally and I had spent on my visits to CC and Aruba-he never let me forget I borrowed a pair for swim trunks and didn't return them. We had good conversations and sometimes a drink or two. I will miss my Brother-In-Law whom was a Brother to me.

Carlene Galvin

May 3, 2014

Prayers and love sent to the family! XO

Susan Joia Fowler

May 1, 2014

My prayers and thoughts are with the Raneo Family. My condolence and love are with you all. Wally will be truly missed .

Susan Joia Fowler

April 30, 2014

VFW District 17 (Cape Cod)

Our condolences to you for your loss and our respect and appreciation for his military service for our Country. We stand ready to support and assist you.

Felix "Butch" Banis
VFW Service Officer

Colleen Springer

April 30, 2014

Hello Margo, Wendy and Skip... want to share a personal story... when my parents divorced for the first time (they did this 3 times and always loved each other)... there was no health insurance back then... I was about 9 years old and needed my tonsils mother had no money for this... your Father "bought" her wedding ring so she could pay for my surgery... later, she repaid him and he returned his ring... how sweet was that? Thank you... every time I met your Dad at the post office.. or wherever... we hugged and kissed... no words needed to pass... Love you all. Colleen (Cashen) Spriinger

Kevin & Marie Johnson

April 30, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Adrian and Janet Joia

April 30, 2014

Our Prayers and thoughts go out to the Raneo Family. Wally was a kind and loving person and will always be remembered in our hearts.