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Dino Ricci

Dino Ricci, a lifelong resident of New Rochelle, died Thursday, April 30, 2020. He was 91 years old and the beloved husband of Anne LePore, who predeceased him.
He is survived by his sister Irma Plank, 97, and his six children Leonard (Elizabeth) Ricci, Joan (Edward) Papa, Diane (Anthony) Morano, June (Joseph) LaPlace, Peter (Elizabeth) Ricci and Aurelie (Daniel) Ferrara. He cherished his 14 grandchildren Leonard (Alexandria), Dana, Daniel (Kristin), Melanie (Matthew), Jade (Peter), Gillian (Brian), Marlee, Richard, Michael, Carly, Samantha, Hunter, Erica and Amanda and 10 great-grandchildren Jack, Andi, Peter, Alexandra, Eden, Cole, Westley, Jory, Griffin and Emma.
Dino was born on April 23, 1929, six months prior to the start of the Great Depression, in New Rochelle, NY to Ester Villa and Aurelio Ricci. He was the youngest of five children. He was a graduate of Albert Leonard High School Class of 1948 where he was the captain of the varsity football team, for which he received public recognition and accolades for his sportsmanship. He was also a member of their a cappella singing group and a talented single and doubles roller skating champion, where he competed locally and at Madison Square Garden.
He entered the US Navy upon graduation and served most of his naval career as a flight crew chief on a reconnaissance aircraft based in Port Lyautey, Morocco located in what was North French Africa. He had many fond memories of his service, including seeing Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II review the British troops in the Strait of Gibraltar and meeting General Dwight Eisenhower in Paris.
Upon leaving the service in 1952 he met his true love Anne LePore, while attending the wedding of his cousin who happened to be Anne’s best friend. They married on September 12, 1953. They started a family shortly thereafter. Dino and Anne purchased their first home in 1958 in New Rochelle where they would live for 56 years. In 1959 he was accepted into the New Rochelle Fire Department where he would proudly serve 30 years until his retirement in 1989. An amazing cook, Dino was well-known in the Department as the “Firehouse Chef”. Dino led an active post-retirement life including travel, and spending time at his properties in upstate NY and Pennsylvania. He was an avid sportsman enjoying all forms of fishing and hunting.
First and foremost, Dino loved his family and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his many children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Dino was known for his love of sports, (including the NY Yankees, Rangers, and Giants), cooking, and sunny personality. He had a great sense of humor that he shared with his family and extended family, which included many nieces, nephews and friends. A true patriarch to his family and friends and mentor to many, his loss has created a void for all who knew him.
The family wishes to thank the brave and caring staff of Montefiore Hospital of New Rochelle, the United Hebrew Nursing Home where he resided, and especially his longtime doctor, Dr. H Dave.
Due to current New York State restrictions, entombment will be private for immediate family only at Ferncliff Cemetery Rosewood Mausoleum. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Dino Ricci’s honor to the Uniformed FireFighters Association where all funds will go to benefit members of the New Rochelle Fire Department’s first responders.
UFFA Local 273
The Welfare Fund
PO Box 994
New Rochelle, NY 10802
Memo: In memory of Dino Ricci
Funeral arrangements are being provided by Lloyd Maxcy and Sons Beauchamp Chapel.

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