Ralph Everett Pape, 91 of Chatham, passed peacefully on Saturday, May 6th 2017 at home.
Ralph was born September 11, 1925 in Cambridge, the second son of Harry C. and Piedad (Piña) Pape. His grandfather, Henry Pape, was a close associate of Richard Hellman and family history always involved mayonnaise. Ralph grew up in Tenafly, N.J., served in the Navy as an aviation storekeeper during WWII at naval air stations in Maine and joined the family food distribution business after the war, having graduated from the Packard Business School.
Ralph and Marjorie Sherman married in 1950 and raised their two sons Harry and Larry in Cresskill, N.J. He led the boys in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts taking his troop to Minnesota and Canada for canoeing and to Switzerland for a three-week international experience. Harry and Wendy live in Princeton and shared the lives of their three children and now four grandchildren. Larry and Liz live in Sterling and shared the lives of their four children and now three grandchildren. Ralph and Marjorie would have celebrated 67 years together in the fall.
Leaving New Jersey in 1992, Ralph and Marjorie settled into a comfortable retirement In Chatham’s River Bay. They continued their life-long love of bridge with fellow retirees, and Ralph became active in local organizations including the Chatham COA, the Retired Men’s Club, Newcomers, the Great Expectations Investment Club and the Railroad Museum.
There will be no services and, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ralph’s memory to the Chatham Railroad Museum or the Boy Scouts of America.
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