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Ralph J. Picardi

Funeral Services were held in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals for Ralph J. Picardi, who died on February 25th at the Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge following a brief illness, he was 85 years old. Services concluded with Military Honors accompanied by a gun salute in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Ralph was born to Ralph & Ernestine (Dell’Orfano) Picardi, one of seven children. He was born in Boston and raised in East Boston, until moving to Revere in 1958. Ralph was educated in Boston Schools and was an alumnus of Boston English High School, Class of 1954. Following high school, Ralph knew his calling & pursued a Nursing Degree at MacLean’s School of Nursing. Ralph later joined the United States Airforce during the Vietnam era and made a career that spanned 25 years. Ralph began his career in the Pharmacy division, but he quickly put his knowledge & passion of Nursing to work. He became a Flight Nurse, where he would travel in the heart of the battlefield and gather the wounded service men & women who needed immediate medical attention. He did this for over one year, during that time, Ralph was responsible for saving many soldiers’ lives, as well as being able to comfort them. Ralph better served the Military as a “Mental Health Nurse” where he could relate to many of the service men & women who saw severity of combat. Ralph was a selfless, caring, charismatic, witty and intelligent man who truly gave of himself. He enjoyed his time serving his country proudly & bravely. He traveled the world, but especially enjoyed visiting the Philippines, London, San Franscico, & many others. Ralph was awarded the Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with four bronze service stars, Air force overseas short tour & long tour ribbons with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with four oak leaf clusters, Vietnam Technical Service Medal First Class, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm and several others.   After his 25 years of duty, Ralph was welcomed home by his loving family & lived with his two sisters, Eleanor & Rose. His presence meant the world to his parents & siblings who loved him. Ralph was an avid reader, loved watching movies, enjoyed the Theatre as well as rubbing elbows with celebrities. He met Jimmy Stewart, Jean Simmons, Kenny Rogers & several others over the years. Ralph also enjoyed driving cross country and stopping along the way to different areas that had not visited or was visiting again. No matter where Ralph went, he made a friend. His warm & friendly personality made it very easy to become friends with Ralph.

He is the beloved son of the late Ralph & Ernestine (Dell’Orfano) Picardi. Loving brother of Gerald E. Picardi & his late wife Sheila O’Sullivan of Avon, and the late Rose M. Picardi, Eleanor V. Picardi, Nunzio J. Picardi, Michael Picardi & Anthony J. Picardi. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, & grandnephews.

Remembrances may be made to the New England Shelter of Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108.

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