Ralph A. DeVino
Commissioner Health and Community Wellness for the City of Newark
Ralph A. DeVino 82, of Springfield, N.J. formerly of the Ironbound section of Newark, N.J. passed away peacefully on Wednesday Nov. 21, 2018 with his loving and devoted wife of 61 years Florence (nee Mirandi), and his cherished Son Anthony at his bedside.
The funeral will be from the Galante Funeral Home 2800 Morris Ave. Union, N.J. on Tuesday at 9 am. The Funeral Mass will be in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Newark (Ironbound) at 10:30 am. Entombment will follow Hollywood Memorial Park in Union. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Monday from 4-8 pm.
Born and raised in Newark, he moved to Springfield 30 years ago.
He was predeceased by his parents Anthony and Lucille (nee Esposito) DeVino.
Ralph attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel and East Side High Schools in Newark, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and Kean University in Union.
He was a consultant in the field of construction since 1980.
He was employed by Franklin Contracting Co. in Little Falls, N.J. for 25 years, The Department of Community Affairs, State of N.J. as a Chief Investigator for the Uniform Construction Code for 10 years, and was President of R&D Development Enterprises Inc for 20 years.
He was the former A.B.C. Board Commissioner for the City of Newark, N.J. a former Chairman of the Highway Right of Way Commission in the Dept. of Law, Essex County N.J. and the State Chairman of Heritage Groups of N.J. Under President Nixon, and was one of 60 Italian Americans invited for the 1st State Dinner honoring Emilio Colombo Prime Minister of Italy. He also served as Chairman of the Rahway Valley Sewage Authority and the Planning Board, and the Zoning Board of Adjustment in Springfield, N.J.
Ralph received numerous awards acknowledging his outstanding Civic, Charitable, and Humanitarian Service, since 1968 from The State of N.J. Essex and Union Counties, and the City of Newark, N.J. The most recent ones are from the N.J General Assembly, The Board of Chosen Freeholders in Essex and Union Counties, The Giblin Association, The City of Newark Municipal Council, and The African American Alliance Humanitarian Relief Project Award.
His compassion, Generosity, and Community Service throughout the years has benefited many business people, Schools, Hospitals, Churches, and Organizations with the help of the Ralph A. DeVino Civic and Charitable Organization which was established in 1970.
Ralph's Motto was - "What is the sense of living life if you can't help others".
He will be greatly missed by all.
Ralph was also instrumental in opening the City of Newark Mayor's office for Veteran's affairs.
In lieu of flowers the family prefers that you make memorials to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church 259 Oliver St. Newark, N.J. 07105 in Ralph's memory.