ROCHELLE PARK, N.J. -- Ralph Padovano, a resident of Rochelle Park, died Wednesday, May 4. He was 81.
Born Nov. 19,1935, in Hackensack, he is the son of Anthony and Rose Padovano.
He was a graduate of Hackensack High School and Fairleigh Dickinson University. He honorably served in the U.S. Army Reserves and thereafter attended law school at night while raising a family.
He graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law and co-founded the law firm of Beattie Padovano LLC. He spent more than 46 years practicing law and was well respected for his professionalism.
He was involved with numerous community activities, including serving as a trustee of the Bergen County Bar Association, coaching Little League, volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America, serving as a member of the Rochelle Park Board of Education, which he later represented along with the South Hackensack Board of Education for decades.
He was past president of the Park Ridge Rotary, Columbus Citizens' Foundation and served as past president of the Hackensack Chapter of UNICO. He was an active parishioner of St. Francis R.C. Church in Hackensack, where he was a eucharistic minister, lector and member of the parish council. He also was a member of the St. Francis Socialites.
He is survived by his wife, Lona; their three sons, Jeffrey and his girlfriend Lisa, Scott and his wife Elizabeth, Gregg and his wife Claire; 10 grandchildren, Anthony, Jordan, Steven, Mark, Dominick, Grace, Rose, Grant, Emily and Garrett; six sisters, Cecilia and her husband Dr. Louis Napolitano, Antonia Longobardo, Rosemary and her husband Peter Brill, Caroline and her husband Charles Melcon and Christine and her husband Richard Tranchida; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, Dawn Padovano and friends.
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