Ronald Soriano (1940-2011)

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Ronald R. Soriano passed away peacefully in his home on May 20, 2011 at the age of 70. He was born in Mamaroneck on July 15, 1940 to Nicholas and Marie (Citrone) Soriano. He grew up in the Rye Neck section of Mamaroneck and graduated from Bellows High School in 1958.

In 1963 he joined the United States Air Force. He served two tours of duty in Viet Nam in the 415th Munitions Maintenance Squadron, wiring and loading bombs on B-57s and F14s. He was honorably discharged in 1966 receiving the Viet Nam Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. After serving his country, he attended Mercy College at the White Plains Campus. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus #2579, Harrison chapter.

He was married to Carolyn (Giovannetti), who survives, in 1965. They settled in Rye, NY in 1970 where they raised two sons. He loved to cook and bake and made many renovations to their home on Forest Avenue.

He started his own business, Soriano’s Auto Body, in Port Chester, NY in 1970. He coached Pop Warner football in Mamaroneck from 1974 to 1984, and was president of the league for two years. Aside from his family, he was most proud of his 1956 Austin Healy which he restored to perfection. It is now in the capable hands of his nephew, Glen. Some of his happiest days were spent on Cape Cod where he vacationed every year with his family.

The business was closed in 1989 when he became disabled after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was cared for at home by his loving family. To them he was a hero. Through all the years of his illness, he demonstrated extreme courage and dignity and never complained about his lot in life.

Besides his loving and devoted wife, he leaves behind his son, Rick and daughter-in-law, Mariaelena, son, Ronald, Jr., and beloved granddaughters Ariana, Jackie and Nina Soriano, all of Port Chester, sister Sandi Vanderslice of Larchmont and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 5-9 PM on Sunday at COXE & GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME, 767 E. Boston Post Rd., Mamaroneck, NY. Mass of christian burial will be celebrated 11AM on Monday at Resurrection Church, Rye, NY. Cremation is Private. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital . www.stjude.org

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