DANBURY, Conn. – Ralph Anthony Perschino, of Danbury, died Tuesday, March 15. He was 78.
He was born in Norwalk on Nov. 3, 1937, tp Ralph and Elizabeth (Chimento) Perschino of Norwalk.
After attending Norwalk schools, he started his business career at Perkin-Elmer in Norwalk, later working at Timex Corporation in Southbury and Cendant Corporation in Danbury. He was a veteran of the U.S.Army, having served stateside during the Vietnam War with 475th Engineers.
Known as "Papa" in his last few years, he could often be found playing outdoors in his yard with his youngest grandson, Gavin, who loved him not only as his "Papa" but also his best friend.
In addition to his wife of 54 years, Gretchen, he is survived by three children, Lisa Perschino Smith and her husband, Stephen of Monroe, Ralph "Chip" Perschino and his wife, Mara, of Milton, Georgia, and Robert Perschino and his wife, Jennifer, of New York City; five grandchildren, Cole, Garrett, Ansley, Gavin and Lily Paige; and his sister, Sharon Westervelt and her husband, Sheldon, of Boyton Beach, Fla.
Visitation is on Sunday from 5-8 p.m. at the Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White St., Danbury. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 520 Ridgebury Road, Ridgefield. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter, 200 Executive Boulevard Suite 4-B, Southington, CT 06489.
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