Caprio, Ralph Matthew Ralph passed away in the early morning hours of Friday, May 4th, 2007 in Torrance California. Ralph was born to Eugenia and Charles Caprio in Norristown, Pennsylvania on September 9th, 1921. During his childhood and teenage years, Ralph was very active in sports. He was equally talented in baseball and football and played AAA League baseball and semi-pro football prior to entering the service in 1942 and after leaving the service in 1945. Ralph was especially known for his running speed and batting skills. It was not uncommon for Ralph to have several home runs in a single game. In October 1942, Ralph entered the United States Army Air Force, known around this time as the Army Air Corps. Ralph was assigned to the 49th Supply Squadron 49th Air Depot group in the Pacific. After being honorably discharged in December 1945, Ralph came back to Norristown for a few years and then relocated to the South Bay. In 1953, Ralph met Margaret Boatwright and they married several years later in Gardena, California. While working in the aviation and aerospace industries at this time, Ralph and Margaret purchased a home in the newly developed Southwood area of Torrance and started their family. Ralph was preceded in death by his son Matthew and is survived by his wife Margaret, daughters Marsha (Gerald) Mattson of Torrance and Diane (Ted) Gasteyer of Naperville, Illinois and his sons James and Andrew both of the South Bay. Ralph is also survived by six grand children and seven great grand children. Viewing services will be held at Rice Mortuary 5310 Torrance Blvd. on Thursday, May 10th 2007 between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 10:00 P.M. Graveside services and interment will be performed at Riverside National Cemetery in the city of Riverside, California on May 11th, 2007 at 2:00 P.M. in staging area 1.

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  1. We’ll miss you dad! Thanks for everything. Sorry for being such as pain in the %%#@$# over the years. Your son Jimmy

  2. My dad, Louis Caprio spoke of “Boonie” very often and they were very good friends growing up in Norristown. My uncle Ralph J Caprio related many stories of their childhood, as well. Boonie was very highly regarded and loved by all who knew him.

  3. We are so happy to have had the opportunity to meet cousin Boonie during two of our trips to CA (1974 at Aunt Jean’s and 1992 at the annual Caprio Family Reunion in Clear Lake.) Since Dad Jimmy (Vincent) died when we were teenagers, we didn’t have a lot of childhood history. When we met in Clear Lake, we especially enjoyed hearing from your dad and uncles about the old times back in Norristown when they and our dad and uncles were boys and young men setting the world on fire. Even though 1000’s of miles separate us, we hold a fondness for our CA cousins. Our condolences for your loss of a wonderful man.

  4. I met The Caprio family when I worked at Loma Linda University and was Matt’s nurse. They accepted me into their household as I traveled there to visit. May the Lord continue to hold His mantle of peace and comfort over each of you. Sharon

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