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.


Visitation: March 18, 2021 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place
551 Route 25A

Second Visitation: March 19, 2021 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place
551 Route 25A

Third Visitation: March 19, 2021 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place
551 Route 25A

Service: March 20, 2021 11:00 am

Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place
551 Route 25A

Private- Cremation:

Washington Memorial Park
855 Canal Road
Mt. Sinai, NY 11766

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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
Rochester, NY!/donation/checkout

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  1. We will forever cherish the memories of the times we spent together with Ron. Love and prayers to the entire Rivellese family during this difficult time. Ron will be forever missed!

  2. I had the pleasure to work with Ron for many years. He was the consummate gentleman and professional. My heart goes out to his family and also to his BSE family. My prayers are with you all as you grieve your loss.

  3. Barbara,
    My sincere condolences to Danielle, Jacquelyn and You.
    To the entire Rivellese Family I am deeply saddened and share in your loss.
    I will always remember the many good times and years I spent with Ron. He was a brother to me.
    With Love, Tony

  4. candleDearest Barbara, Danielle, Jacquie and family,
    Our deepest sympathy for your loss of Ron.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time.
    With much love,
    Mary and John

  5. Dear Family,
    I am so sorry for your tragic loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Love Robert Jr

  6. I remember Ronald as one of the cool older Ronkonkoma cousins when Uncle Corky & Aunt Julia would visit my grandma at Aunt Rose’s in Franklin Square. He was so patient with us younger kids bugging him to play!
    I’m so sorry and pray for comfort and peace for all who loved him.

  7. My deepest condolences to the family…Ron cherished each of you dearly. He told some great stories of good times shared by all. Ron was a great mentor, friend and sales person throughout my years of working with him he has taught me so much. He will so sadly be missed may he keep smiling from above.

  8. Dear Barbara, Danielle, Jacqualine & Family,
    Some people come into our lives for reason an others just in passing. Ron was a reason because he was a gentle sole a true friend an like a brother to my husband Bruce. We loved him for him! I want to share one of the first times I met Ron & Barb we went to dinner an we met in the city. When we arrived at restaurant the first thing Ron said to my husband Bruce was I found a great parking spot! Lol My husband said we play it safe parked in garage! After a great dinner an evening we all left hugged said goodbye an parted ways. About 5 min later Bruce’s phone rings it’s Ron he says my car got towed!!! Can you come back an get us!! We laughed all the way home! It made for a great memory and just a wonderful way to remember a wonderful guy! Rip Ron you will be forever in our ♥️ hearts! We love you all and are here for you during this difficult time!
    Love Lauren & Bruce Marino

  9. Barbara, Danielle, and Jacquie:
    I am simply crushed and heartbroken to learn of Ron’s passing, despite my knowledge of his battle. Although we have not yet been introduced, I thought it was important to express how much respect I, and I am sure many others, had for your husband/father. Despite our similar age, Ron’s mentoring most likely had the greatest impact on my life as it relates to the challenges with balancing family, work, and life in general. Ron often spoke of the love for the three of you (of course with the occasional addition of humor that Ron, and Ron only, could intwine), and quite frankly, that’s a bit rare in today’s world. I’m not sure I’ve met anyone who enjoyed the relationship with his wife and his daughters as much as Ron did with each of you. Honestly, it was remarkable and even astounding at times. I believe anyone who was fortunate enough to cross paths with Ron is a better person today because of him. Heaven has gained a true angel. May each sunrise ease your pain and may fond memories warm your hearts forever.

  10. Dearest Barbara, Danielle, Jacquie and family,
    Jimmy and I send our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Love Jim and Kathy Dennis

  11. My brother from another mother
    We worked and played together
    My golfing partner you will be missed
    The world has lost one of the great ones
    Heaven has gained an angel .

  12. I always enjoyed when “Rep” Ron dropped by Sam Tell/Premium Supply/Tassone Equipment – to sell his wares. Well, “Rep” Ron quickly became “Friend” Ron.
    I’m very sorry for your loss. He was a great guy and will be missed.

  13. candleSheila Stephenson
    To my sister and nieces Danielle and Jacquie and Barbara my deepest sympathy for your lost. Ron was a good husband and dad to you guys. He was also a great brother in-law as well. He will be greatly miss all my love to you all I will keep you all in my prays

  14. candleMy heart is breaking for you all! Such a courageous fight! I will always remember Ron’s smile and that funny laugh! Rest In Peace and thoughts and prayers to you my dear friend Barbara!

  15. candleMy first introduction to Ron was in 2003, the year he was Commodore of the Setauket Yacht Club, which is now renamed the Port Jefferson Yacht Club. I was the social director that year. I recall thinking that I wanted to do a good job for a commodore who was a sincere dedicated gentleman and an avid sailor. I know Ron will be remembered by many club members who gave a sincere commitment to the club for many years. Thru the years I kept hoping to see Ron and Barbara return to the club even after he sold his Catalina 36, Wind Dancer, we miss him and his family. So, with heartfelt condolences to Barbara, Danielle, Jacquie and the entire Rivellese family I pray that our friend, Ron will be with us always in the wind.

  16. I met Ron when I and my wife became members of the Setauket Yacht Club. I sailed with him as part of his Tuesday night racing crew. Ron was very skilled, shared his knowledge and had a great amount of patience. We at the now Port Jefferson Yacht Club will miss you old friend.

  17. I am sorry to hear of your loss. My family is thinking of you at this time. My mom Afrania Gonzalez sends her regards.

  18. God keep his family at peace knowing that he was a fantastic person a true gentleman

  19. Time passes so quickly
    The memories are so special
    The time spent together priceless
    Our kids our legacy
    Our friendship for eternity
    Love you my brother…you were the best best man❤️

  20. I only had the pleasure of 1 conversation with Ron, and in those few minutes he impressed me with how generous and attentive he was to where he was and what he was doing. That attention made me and my wife feel welcomed and valued. Thats a rare talent.
    I’m sorry for his passing, and my thoughts are with you Danielle, and your family.

  21. candleSo sorry for your loss. Ron was absolutely the nicest man in the industry. Always a smile and a kind word.
    A true gentleman, he will be greatly missed.

  22. Dear Rivellese Family,
    Please accept our sincerest condolences for your loss. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Ronald wishing you everlasting peace. You will be missed.

  23. The Traveler
    He has put on invisibility,
    Dear Lord, I cannot see,
    But this I know, although the road ascends
    And passes from my sight,
    That there will be no night;
    That You will take him gently by the hand
    And lead him on
    Along the road of life that never ends,
    And he will find it is not death but dawn.
    I do not doubt that You are there as here,
    And You will hold him dear.

    Our life did not begin with birth,
    It is not of the earth;
    And this that we call death, it is no more
    Than the opening and closing of a door,
    And in Your house how many rooms must be
    Beyond this one where we rest momently.

    Dear Lord, I thank You for the faith that frees,
    The love that knows it cannot lose its own;
    The love that, looking through the shadows, sees
    That You and he and I are ever one !

    Poem By : James Dillet Freeman, A Unity Minister (1912-2003)

  24. 20 plus years ago I got the pleasure of meeting Ron as I was the new guy at the Commack Hobart office. Ron made me feel welcome and then invited me to sail with him that summer. Racing on the Long Island Sound every Tuesday night. Memories of a life time! Years later I got the pleasure of working with him again at BSE Marketing. Ron was a great man and mentor. He was competitive and we always had fun. He has a beautiful, gentle, caring soul he will always be in our prayers. Ron will truly be missed. Our prayers for Barbara, Danielle, Jacquie and the rest of his family.

  25. candleBarbara my heart goes out to you and your girls. Thinking of Ron brings so many happy memories to mind, it was so much fun to work with him, always laughing, even when he corrected my “typing” errors. I was so hoping I would be able to see him again, to share all the good times. His memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who loved and knew him. Rest in Peace, Captain Ron.

  26. I was so sorry to learn of Ron’s passing, and extend my sympathies to his loved ones. I met Ron at Setauket Yacht Club where we competed against each other in weeknight races. He crewed with us during the Around Long Island Regatta one year, and was a pleasure to have aboard. A picture of that race hangs in our den capturing all of us having a great time. It was a spectacular race. That will be my memory of this kind man who was a steady hand, and an outstanding team player. Fair winds Ron.

  27. I went to high school with Ron. I have not seen him since graduation. But this came up in my Facebook feed and I wanted to stop by and pay my respects.
    I remember him as being a compassionate person , even keeled and honest sincere person.
    Blessings to his Family..

  28. candleRemembering Ron from our high school years. He was a great guy then and I can see he had a wonderful life filled with love of family and friends. My prayers and sympathy to Barbara, his daughters, and family. Rest in Peace Ron.

  29. candleI’ve knowne Ron for some 40 years. We all know the last years have been very challenging for him. I watched Ron meet those challenges head on. I can only hope that if I am ever met with similar obstacles, I can muster the same courage and class that Ron showed to us. He was, truely, a Prince among men and will be sorely missed by us all. Rest in peace.

  30. Ron and I were on the Setauket Yacht Club’s Board of Governors at the same time. With his invaluable suggestions and help when it was needed, Ron was a real asset. We also competed against each other in many races over the years. Ron was a good friend and he was missed when he left the club. Judy and I extend our sincere condolences to Barbara and his entire family,

  31. Being part of the weekend raftup’s in Port Jeff Harbor was some of the most memorable times of me and my family. I remember projecting movies onto the mainsail of one of the boats, one year we of course played Captain Ron. Dani, Jaqui, my son Neal and the Reynolds and VanSicklen kids all grew together.
    We raced together on my C&C and Ron’s Catalina. I have a room full of trophy’s that Ron helped me gather.
    We both served as commodore or the Setauket Yacht Club over the years and unfortunately never got together after we played golf together at Rock Hill. Rest in Peace Captain Ron, all our love Charlie Denise and Neal

  32. Our deepest sympathy and Condolences on the loss of your beloved brother Ron. May he rest in Eternal peace.

  33. I was so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. I have fond memories of him at our extended Rivellese family gatherings. Sending my sincerest condolences to all his family.
    With love from Cousin Paula

  34. I will always see Ron as someone I looked up to when I was a boy. He was how I wanted to be as I grew up. I will miss our conversations about cars and wish we had gotten to visit Italy together!

  35. candleI will forever remember Ron’s spirit that made you want to be in his presence, his quick wit and his love of his family. May he Rest In Peace.

  36. Sherri & John Alfano,
    Barbra, you are inspiring to us, your Strength! Ron was so inspiring to John. you are dear friends to us and you touched us in so many ways. John and Ron started a business together, the great times we had together! I will Always have Ron in my Heart! He is continuing his Journey with The Saints and Angels welcoming him and is @ Peace and Enlightenment for All Eternity. Blessings All Our Love🌈🕊❤
    John / Sherri Alfano

  37. Hail Mary,
    Full of Grace,
    The Lord is with thee.
    Blessed art thou among women,
    and blessed is the fruit
    of thy womb, Jesus.
    Holy Mary,
    Mother of God,
    pray for us sinners now,
    and at the hour of our death.
    O my sweetv Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.

    I will never Forget you Ron!
    You were A Mentor to John.

    Blessings All Our Love,
    Sherr/ John Alfano

  38. O my sweet Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.

    I will never forget you Ron., in my Heart forever.
    You were A Great Mentor to John.
    Sherr/ John Alfano

  39. Barbara – my deepest sympathy to you and your entire family – although we have never met, most of the Hobart family feel as if we know you since Ron always spoke of you and the girls. He loved all of you so deeply and you were absolutely the joy of his life! Ron was a gem – such a genuine, fun-loving, and all around great guy. He will be missed, but will always remembered for his great sense of humor – miss you Ronnie!!! Sharon Szafranski

  40. candleBarbara, Danielle and Jacquie,
    Our deepest sympathy to you. We always remember the joy we had together, especially family times at Thanksgiving when we were all together. Ron will always be in our hearts.
    Joe Rachelle and Reagan Adocchio

  41. So sorry for you and your family we feel blessed to have known him . Prayers for all . Bill and Lois Woods

  42. candleRon was a truly great person and a phenomenal Board member and Commodore. Claire and I are deeply saddened by his passing.
    Fred Ganz
    Past Commodore SYC 2001 and 2002

  43. My sincere condolences to the Rivellese family. I knew Ron over 30 years from the Hobart days. Always a gentlemen and always a true professional. Heartbroken by the news today.

  44. A good man and mentor to all that knew him. Unfortunately I was not aware of his death until recently. Will be missed greatly.

  45. Although I knew Ron for just a short time, I remember a lot of laughter and appreciation for family. I am so very sorry, really liked and admired him very much.

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