Ralph Anthony Tavano Jr. went into God’s arms, surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday (August 6, 2017).
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday (August 10, 2017) at Pusateri-Canolesio Funeral Home, 68 Sodus St., Clyde, N.Y. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday (August 11, 2017) at St. Joseph the Worker Parish at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 114 Sodus St., Clyde, N.Y.
Contributions can be made in Ralph’s name to Candy Apple Preschool Center, 101 Erie Boulevard, Newark, N.Y. 14513.
Ralph was born on June 21, 1958. He was the son of Ralph A. Tavano Sr. and Carolyn (DiSanto) Tavano of Clyde. Ralph was a loving husband for 35 years. Ralph graduated from Clyde-Savannah High School in 1976. He lived in Clyde all his life and loved his hometown. Ralph was a volunteer coach for Clyde baseball and tee-ball for many years. He loved being a father and mentor and being a grandfather most of all. He enjoyed working in his garden, going fishing and hunting with his family and best of friends. Ralph was a volunteer firefighter for Clyde Fire Department for over 30 years. He was a Commissioner for the Clyde Sewer Department for over 15 years. Ralph was always looking for ways to help his community grow and flourish. He was also a member of the Clyde Industrial Development Corporation (CIDC) Development Agency for over 20 years. Ralph drove tractor trailer for many years. He was also a New York Licensed Explosive Expert and owned Tavano Explosives Company and Tavano Enterprises. Ralph also owned and ran R&J Tavano LLC, Tavano Electric Inc., and Mahogany Ridge Liquor Store in Clyde. He also worked at Joe Tavano Electric Inc.
Ralph is survived by his wife of 35 years, Michelle (Rowe) Tavano; his three sons Ralph A. Tavano III, Nicholas P. Tavano Sr., Anthony V. (Danielle King) Tavano; five grandchildren Cadence, Nicholas P. Jr., Dominick, Kyleigh and Vincent (Vinny); his beloved mother, Carolyn (DiSanto) Tavano; his two sisters Roxanne (Thomas) Kise, Carleen (David) Uimonen; his two brothers Joseph J. (Diane) Tavano Sr., and Michael (Lloyd Marks) Tavano; many nieces and nephews; his aunts Marie Laquitara, Constance (DiSanto) Henry, Patti Tavano; and his uncle, Paul (Joanne) Tavano.
Ralph was predeceased by his loving father, Ralph A. Tavano Sr.; grandparents Dominic (Anna) Tavano and Lucian (Rose) DiSanto.