Ralph G. Falaguerra

Date of Passing:

August 1, 2023

Falaguerra, Ralph G., 90, of Sea View Avenue, Riverside Terrace, Riverside, died peacefully at home on August 1, 2023 surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Rita L. (Fontes) Falaguerra.

A lifelong resident of East Providence, he was a son of the late Raphael and Anna (Decesare) Falaguerra.

Mr. Falaguerra was a member of the East Providence Fire Department for 40 years before retiring as the assistant chief in 1995. He was a United States Navy Veteran.

Ralph was a caregiver to his late wife Rita. He was a teacher to all of his children with his kindness, generosity and sense of humor. He gave his time and spirit to his loving family.

He is survived by three sons, Michael A. Falaguerra of Woodbury, CT, David J. Falaguerra and his wife Kathleen of Warwick and Christopher T. Falaguerra and his husband Steven Deell of Riverside; two daughters, Anna M. Melanson of Cumberland and Andrea L. Falaguerra and her wife Lori Hopkins of Barrington; a brother, Louis Falaguerra of Riverside; ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Anthony and Robert Falaguerra.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Brendan Church, Turner Avenue, Riverside on Monday August 7, 2023 at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be held in the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter. Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Ralph’s memory to a charity of choice would be deeply appreciated.

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  1. I worked with Ralph in sta. 2 for several years. We had some great times. So sorry to hear of your passing. God speed.

  2. So sorry to hear of your loss. Red and Rita were childhood friends.

  3. Our deepest condolences to the Falaguerra family! We are so sorry for your loss.

  4. I had the privilege of meeting Ralph 4 years ago, such a wonderful and knowledgeable man. He absolutely loved his wife and family. He was truly an inspiration to me. I will deeply miss him.

  5. My deepest and most heartfelt sympathy goes out to all the Falaguerra children on the passing of their beloved father. He was a wonderful man who will be greatly missed.

  6. Condolences to the Falaguerra Family.

  7. Chief Falaguerra was a father figure to me at the beginning of my career in the Department. I cherish the many conversations we had in his office and the firehouse talking about anything and everything. He loved talking about his family. A very good man. He is now reunited with his lovely wife Rita. Rest in peace, Chief.

  8. Farewell Red – Godspeed. Sweet memories.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  9. My condolences to David and family I have fond memories of your dad coming to my house when I was younger and spending time with my father and I had the pleasure of knowing your father for years so sorry for your loss

  10. On behalf of the entire East Providence Fire Department, I extend our sincerest condolences to the family of Assistant Chief Ralph Falaguerra. We were deeply saddened to hear about his passing.

    Chief Falaguerra was a valued mentor and a cherished brother firefighter to all of us in the department. His dedication, leadership, and passion for his work were genuinely inspiring, impacting everyone he encountered.
    His unwavering commitment to public service and his genuine care for the well-being of those around him was evident in all aspects of his life.

    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as you navigate this profound loss. If there is anything we can do to support you during this time, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here for you, and we share in your grief.

    Godspeed Chief, with heartfelt condolences,

    Glenn J. Quick
    Chief of Department
    East Providence Fire Department

  11. So very sorry for your loss. Ralph was dearly loved by his children and grandchildren.

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