March 10, 1957 ~ March 16, 2021
Born in: Brooklyn, NY
Resided in: Miller Place, NY
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Ron Rivellese, age 64 of Miller Place, passed peacefully on March 16, 2021 surrounded by family.
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Ron Rivellese is and will always be a beloved husband, devoted father, cherished son, and loving brother.
Ron’s wife of 41 years, Barbara, will always remember his commitment to their family. Ron would not even consider a nice promotion that required regular overnight travel because he didn’t want to miss nightly dinners with all of the family at the table.
Danielle will always remember her dad’s years of guidance and wisdom working on house projects together. Danielle’s husband, Nick, a lifelong power-boater, will always remember his first time on a sailboat with Ron.
Jacquie will always remember her dad’s most-repeated advice: “Stay alert!” and, “Always finish your meal with a tiny Italian bread sandwich.” Jacquie’s husband, Kevin, will always remember Ron’s attention to the minutiae, encapsulated by his enthusiastic texts about installing French doors.
Ron’s 90-year old parents, Julia and Joe, will always remember Ron as their little boy. Julia will always remember his thoughtful, generous, and loving nature. Joe will always remember his confidence, self-reliance, and independence, and will always chuckle when he sees the holes in Ron’s old bedroom closet from his bow-and-arrow target practice.
Carol, Ron’s sister, will always remember how when Ron thought she was talking too much, he would politely say, “Carol, take a breath.” Carol’s husband of 22 years, Fred, will always remember Ron’s congratulations upon their marriage: he said, “You are so lucky that you are marrying my sister — you don’t have to think anymore! Carol and her friends will do all the thinking for you.”
Ron is an adored cousin to so many with whom he grew up. Each year, Ron looked forward to enjoying the annual cousins’ gathering, as it’s known. Ron’s cousins will always remember his phone calls and wild teenage antics, like the time he drove across a frozen Lake Ronkonkoma – yes, in a car.
Ron is a longtime friend to many with whom he sailed, golfed, traveled, and celebrated. Ron’s lifelong friends will always remember how Ron insisted on picking up every pizza order in order to make sure the pizza remained completely flat during the ride home so that the cheese and sauce didn’t shift to one side. They will always remember a “Ron story” is never a short one, and when he really liked something he ate, he called it “the cat’s ass.”
Ron is a respected business associate to those with whom he worked for over 35 years. In 2019, Ron received a lifetime achievement award from MAFSI for his outstanding contributions to the foodservice industry. Ron’s business associates will always remember his valued mentorship and his great parking spot.
Ron was a Pancreatic Cancer warrior from June of 2017 until March 16, 2021. All of us will always remember Ron’s fighting spirt. He is a warrior, through and through. And now he is an angel, too.
The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Ron Rivellese 's name.
Sloan Kettering Pancreatic Cancer Research
Pancreatic Cancer Association Western New York
PO Box 24580