Ralph A. Porrino

ralph porrino

August 27, 1945 ~ September 4, 2023

Porrino, Ralph, A., age 78 of Liberty, N.C., formerly a 75 year resident of Fort Lee, NJ, passed away peacefully on September 4, 2023. A proud veteran of the U.S. Army. Ralph spent most of his career in law enforcement and fire service. He began his career in the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office and ended his career serving as Fire Marshall for several towns of Bergen and Passaic Counties. He was a lifetime member of the Fort Lee Fire Department serving in all offices including Chief of the Department.

Beloved husband of 48 years to the late Diane Porrino (nee: Cirigliano). Devoted father of Melissa Porrino O’Reilly and her husband Peter, and Shari Tantillo and her husband Lou. Cherished “Pop” of Thomas, Tyler, Nicholas, Robbie and the late Jude. Beloved Life Partner of Carol Fecile and her children and grandchildren. Dear brother of Robert Porrino and his wife Rose, and the late Donald Porrino. Adored uncle, cousin and friend to all.

The family will receive their friends on Sunday September 10, 2023 from 2-6 pm at Frank Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street Fort Lee, NJ. The funeral will leave on Monday 9 am for the celebration of his funeral mass in the Main Church of the Madonna at 9:30 am. If so desired, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. For further information call 201 944-0100.


Mass: September 11, 2023 9:30 am

Madonna R.C. Church
Across the Street From Funeral Home
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Visitation at Funeral Home: September 10, 2023 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Final Resting Place: September 11, 2023 11:15 am

Madonna Mausoleum
2070 Hoefleys Lane
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

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  1. Words cannot express my condolences to y'all during this time. I met Ralph when I was with Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department. And of course we just kicked it off. He was a good man. I always enjoyed my conversations with him.
    He will be missed.

  2. Ralph was a good friend and one of my better students in the Fire Protection courses that I taught at Essex County Community College.
    We kept up to date at the annual Firemen’s convention in Wildwood and on Facebook.
    Rest in eternal peace my friend

  3. I'll will definitely miss my Uncle Ralph. I have fond memories of weekends at the shore house, and Uncle Ralph driving my mini van to Canada's fishing trip. Dunkin Donuts was always the first stop.


  4. My grandfather Ralph was the best man I ever knew. I’ll never forget the times we had together and I’m very grateful for them. God bless you pop, I’ll see you in heaven. R.I.P

  5. I came to know Ralph through my sister-in-law Carol. He was a very kind guy. He and I loved to discuss the issues of the
    day! In that we were like minded. He and Carol would visit my husband who was suffering from Alzheimer’s . I
    greatly appreciated that. I will miss the lunches we shared. He fought valiantly through his lung and heart issues. I don’t
    think I ever saw or heard him feeling sorry for himself! That’s a tribute to his character. We will miss you Ralph but I
    know you have good health in heaven.

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