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Ralph Michael “Mick” Coviello passed away on January 6, 2024. Born in Tuxedo, NY on November 8, 1948, to Ralph E. and Anna “Helen” (Nee Kwasnicki) Coviello. Ralph is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Jeanette, his son James Michael (Tina), and his daughter Karlee Michelle Cavanagh (Chris). He also leaves his brother Mark (Evelyn) and sister Kathrine. His favorite sister-in-law, Mary Rose (Larry), and special brother-in-law Tim Noble. Also many nieces, nephews, and cousins whom he adored.
Ralph was pre-deceased by his father, Ralph E. Coviello, his mother Anna “Helen”, and his brother Louis. He was also pre-deceased by his “adopted” father, John B. McDonough, who was Ralph’s mentor and a great and wonderful influence in his life.
He also leaves his Bestest Buddy, and Grandson, Jaiden Tyler Cavanagh, Grand Daughter Christina, and Grandson, Dominic. His beloved pooch, Wynter, also misses him.
Ralph was a patriot, having proudly served his county in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps during the Vietnam War. He loved his country and everything about it. Ralph defended his country with all of his being, and would gladly go head-to-head with anyone who disrespected it.
Ralph had an interesting life, and was passionately involved with many pastimes and hobbies as we as having various careers in several areas of employment; He had been a fireman for the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Unit, built and installed air/water pollution control equipment throughout the United States, and had a long career as Lead Mechanic for local pharmaceutical firm. He was a skilled metal worker and welder, having learned these crafts from his years at a plastics R&D facility.
After his first retirement he served as a professional EMT for several private ambulance services. He was a volunteer firefighter in Mahwah, rising to the rank of Battalion Chief. He was also an officer with the Mahwah Fire Police as well as a member of the Office of Emergency Management. In addition, he had been an EMT, riding with his wife, Jeanette, for Mahwah Ambulance Corps. #1.
Ralph was a member of H.O.G., the Harley Owners Group, and a proud member of the Patriot Guard Riders.
He was a Commander of Mahwah Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7124, and a member of the Mahwah Museum Train Crew.
Ralph was a licensed General Class Jam Radio Operator (KC2BCY), along with his wife (KC2JYF).
Ralph enjoyed writing poetry, mostly for his beloved wife Jeanette. He has been published several times, and had a poem, written for his best friend, Norman Hetzel, killed in action August 1969, in Vietnam, listed in the Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
He was deeply involved in model railroading, a hobby he shared for many years with his wife. They shared many excursions train watching, and frequently attending train shows both and buyers and sellers.
One of Ralph’s proudest achievements was the Chevy powered 1932 Ford hot rod that he built, with Jeanette, in his small, on car garage. He and Jeanette installed almost every nut and bolt on the car, and then enjoyed many trips together, both locally, and at times far beyond.
He loved riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycles with his wife riding along. He seldom rode without Jeanette, as it did not feel right to him. In 1996, for their 25th Wedding Anniversary, they bought a new bike and spent 5 1/2 weeks touring the country, enjoying a visit with Jeanette’s brother, in Portland Oregon. Several trips were also taken to various areas of the west and northwest. Ralph always said that there was no reason to travel outside the U.S. as there was so much to see within its borders.
Ralph was an avid fisherman and small boat owner, a hobby he picked up from his Daughter Karlee and her family.
Ralph was a survivor of both Crohn’s Disease and colon cancer, and after several lengthy hospital stays and close calls, tried to leave each day to the fullest, enjoying life whatever each day put on his plate. He and Jeanette were soul mates and everything they did, they did together.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2024 from 4 - 8 PM at Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home, 109 Darlington Avenue, Ramsey.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Mahwah Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7124 would be appreciated.