Ralph P. Fern Jr.


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Peabody - Ralph P. Fern Jr. of Peabody, died on June 28, following a short illness. He was the beloved husband of Gussie A. "Dolly" Fern and shared 64 years of marriage with her.
Born in Elmira, New York, he was the son of the late Christine (Capozzi) and Ralph Fern. Ralph and his family moved to Chelsea, where he spent most of his childhood and met the love of his life Dolly while in school. They were married young and started their family soon thereafter.
At the age of 17 he joined the U.S. Navy and served four years with an honorable discharge. He worked multiple jobs while his children were growing up including as a special police officer for North East Petroleum Oil, before starting his career at American Airlines. Ralph loved working for the airline and made many lasting friendships there in his 50-plus years of service.
Throughout his life Ralph enjoyed traveling with his bride throughout Europe and Hawaii, as well as the U.S. visiting family and friends. He was a true American patriot and World War II veteran and had a passion for cars, puttering around in his yard and "chewing the fat" with his friends at the Barber Shop.
Ralph was a wonderful and charismatic husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, dedicating his life to his family. He was the epitome of selflessness and spent the last seven years of his wife's life with her at home as her primary caregiver. Ralph cherished his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He shared Italian recipes with them (including his meatballs and gravy), played cornhole and had water fights with his great-grandchildren, Gramps/Papa Ralph was a strong-willed, charismatic patriarch. In his later years Ralph traveled to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and North Carolina, and spent time with his family and grandchildren. Ralph enjoyed U.S. politics, making care packages for his great-grandchildren, and visiting with friends that were like family to him.

He is survived by one son, Ralph P. Fern III of Texas; three daughters, Kristine Marciano of Peabody and her late husband Joseph, Rosemary Gray and her husband John of North Carolina, and Pamela Fern of Danvers; four grandchildren, Michael Marciano, Bethany Gray, Danielle Clarke and her husband Brian, and Brittany Rose Buttrick; two great-grandchildren Brendan and Grace Clarke. He was a dear brother of Joseph Fern and his wife Christine of Chelsea, Carol Holsten and her late husband Bob of Lynn, the late Pat Lepore and her husband Sonny of Chelsea, the late Elizabeth Toro and her late husband Guy of Georgia, and the late John Fern and his wife Ottavia and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, followed by his funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Ann's Church, Peabody, to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Burial will be in St. Mary's Annunciation Cemetery, Hobart St., Danvers. For directions and online obituary, visit www.ccbfuneral.com.
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Barbara Hayley
Aug 13, 2019
To all the family. I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Ferns passing. He truly loved life and his family. I know he will be so missed. God bless
Lisa Wilbraham
Jul 12, 2019
We feel so blessed to have shared special times on Long Beach Island with Grandpa Ralph. He was fruly the epitome of a gentleman. His love for his family was tangible. And there is nothing you all wouldn’t do for him. You included him in your many life’s journeys. You were blessed to have had him a part of your lives for so long, and he was doubly blessed to have had your love. May those warm memories comfort your aching hearts in the difficult days ahead. Sending heartfelt prayers and love. Lisa, Ed, and family 🙏🏻
Stew Aronson
Jul 01, 2019
To the whole Fern family - my deepest sympathies on the loss of Ralph. Together with your Mom, he and my folks spent lots of friend time together. Wishing you all peace through this difficult time.
Jun 30, 2019