PARK RIDGE, N.J. -- Ralph J. Cavalucci Sr., of Park Ridge, died on Sunday, Dec. 11. He was 87.
Born in Jersey City, Cavalucci grew up in Rutherford and came to Park Ridge in 1975. He enjoyed a 26-year career as a teacher and football coach.
He was the head coach at Saint Cecelia High School from 1960-1972, defensive line coach at the University of New Hampshire from 1972-1974, defensive line coach for the WFL Shreveport Steamer in 1974, and head coach at Pascack Valley High School from 1975-1986.
Over the course of his high school coaching career, Cavalucci won nine conference and four state championships.
He is survived by his children, Rosanne Cavalucci, Cathy DeGregorio, Ralph Cavalucci Jr. and Mary O'Donnell, and Therese Cavalucci; grandson Anthony DeGregorio; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Cavalucci was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Josephine, and his siblings, Gloria Rosano, Rosemarie Cavalucci, brother-in-law John Lamparello Jr. and his wife Helene.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, at Robert Spearing Funeral Home, 155 Kinderkamack Rd., in Park Ridge. Interment will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, in Wrightstown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Christian Health Care Center, by clicking here, or by mail to CHCC Foundation, 301 Sicomac Ave., Wykoff, NJ 07481.
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