Dr Ralph A. Napolitano passed away on August 20, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family.
Devoted husband of 40 years to Maria Napolitano (D’Uva), loving father of Kristina Bauer, her husband Christopher, Antonella Napolitano, Dr. Alexandra Napolitano and her fiancé Dr. Zeb Khan, and cherished nonno of Ben and Emily. He was the son of the late Maria and Antonio Napolitano. He leaves behind his loving family: father-in-law, Nick D’Uva, in-laws Grace and Mike Lami and their children Michael and Nicholas, and Antoinette and Greg Mazol and their children Meredith and James. He is also survived by his sisters Domenica, Gelsomina, Geppina and Lilliana. He was adored by his patients and all those whose lives he touched with his incredible spirit and love of life and adventure.
Dr. Napolitano was born on September 28, 1938 in Nola, Italy. He graduated from Universita Di Napoli Frederico II for Medical School and immigrated to the United States in 1968 for his Residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Hematology at Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey. He went on treat patients in his practice on Broad Street in Bloomfield, NJ for over 40 years. During this time, he served as Chief of Medicine and President of the Medical Staff at Columbus Hospital as well as a member of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Napolitano served as the Medical Director of Hospice of New Jersey and Waterview Nursing Home. Dr. Napolitano was recognized in New Jersey Monthly Magazine’s Best Physicians in Internal Medicine and received the John Crecco Foundation Physician of the Year in 2003. Despite all his accomplishments, he was most proud of the care he gave to his patients and the community in which he served.
Dr. Napolitano loved traveling the world with his family and spent many summers returning to Italy and his hometown of Nola. In his spare time he attended to his beautiful garden. He was an avid photographer and prolific reader. Once his grandchildren were born, nothing brought him more joy than time spent with them.
Visitation at the Leonardis Memorial Home 210 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park on Wednesday from 4-8pm. The funeral mass will be held on Thursday at St. Rose of Lima Church in East Hanover at 9:45am. Entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to www.curepsp.org.