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February 22, 1930 ~ October 13, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old
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Ralph Gaeta, 93, of Southern Pines, passed away on Friday, October 12, 2023, at First Health Hospice House in Pinehurst after a short illness.
Mr. Gaeta was born on February 22, 1930, in Brooklyn, New York to the late Ciro & Mary Gaeta. He retired from the Nassau County Police Department in 1974 and made Southern Pines his home. In 1975, Ralph started GRM Inc.- General Contracting. Over the next 35 years he was responsible for building and remodeling countless homes and barns in the area.
Ralph was a Mason for 70 years and member of Masonic Lodge No. 484 of Southern Pines and the LynbrookMassapequa Lodge No. 822 of Rockville Center, N.Y. He also was a member of many organizations related to his Police career, primary among them the International Police Officer’s Association – Region 14, the Superior Officers Association, and the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association. He enjoyed bird shooting, fishing, reading, traveling, and spending time with his grandchildren and friends. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed.
Mr. Gaeta is survived by his children; daughter, Alane Gaeta Lennon, and her husband Tony of Southern Pines; son, Dr. Ronald Barthold Gaeta of Newtown, Connecticut; Grandchildren Crosby Hanlon Gaeta of New York, N.Y, Walker James Gaeta of Newtown, Connecticut, Daughter-in- Law, Margaret (Sandy) Gaeta, brother, Cyrus Gaeta of Clinton, CT, sister, Ruth Gaeta Gallo of Merrick, NY and family friend, Andrew McVerry. He also leaves numerous nieces & nephews and their families.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Alice Barthold Gaeta and his son, Ralph Alfred Gaeta.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to his care givers; Susan, Secoya, Sherica, Monique, and Dee as well as the First Health Hospice team for the caring and compassionate care they provided to Ralph and the family.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 pm, Saturday, December 9, 2023 at Cox Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 4888 US HWY 1, Vass, NC.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Health Hospice, 150 Applecross Rd., Pinehurst, N. C. 28374.
Condolences may be sent to www.coxmemorialfuneralhome.com
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