Ralph Armento

Ralph C. Armento

Saturday October 11, 1952 - Wednesday February 26, 2020
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Loving Husband, Father & Caregiver

Ralph C. Armento, 67 of Kendall Park passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at his home. Born in Newark, the son of the late Ralph W. and Mary C. (Giangeruso) Armento, he lived in Nutley prior to moving to Kendall Park 28 years ago.
Prior to his retirement, he was the Manager of Office Operations of Wheelchair & Ambulatory Sports USA. It’s mission was to provide multi-sport and recreation opportunities for individuals with a disability by facilitating, advocating, and developing a national community-based outreach program, providing resources and education, conducting regional and national competitions, and providing access to international competitions in conjunction with the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation.
Previously he worked with Mellon Bank in New York and Prudential Insurance Co. of America in Newark as a trainer of claims examiners.
He was the former president of the Tri State Athletic Association and a member of the Masonic Lodge of Princeton.

Ralph is survived by his beloved wife, Debra L. (Gerold) Armento and his children, Jennifer L. and Thomas C. Armento. He also lovingly cared for Trulie, Ethan, Jacob and George.

The funeral service will be held at the S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home, 267 Centre St., Nutley on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.

Visitors will be received at the funeral home on Saturday from 1 p.m. until service time.

The cremation services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Adaptive Sports USA ( would be preferred.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 29th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 3:30pm
    Saturday, February 29th, 2020 1:00pm - 3:30pm
    S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home
    267 Centre Street
    NUTLEY, NJ 07110
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, February 29th, 2020 | 3:30pm
    Saturday, February 29th, 2020 3:30pm
    S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home
    267 Centre Street
    NUTLEY, NJ 07110
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Private Cremation


Donations are being accepted for: ADAPTIVE SPORTS USA INC (WHEELCHAIR SPORTS USA INC).


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Chris Gilligan

Posted at 04:04pm
Ralph was my first cousin on my Mother's side of our family. He was 8 years older than me and he always made time for me and my sister (Kate) whenever we would visit.
My fondest memory was of Ralph being my Confirmation sponsor. When I asked if he would do it he said "It will be an honor."
I will never forget him or that precious moment as long as I live.

Chris Gilligan

Glenn Famous

Posted at 08:19pm
Debbie, Jen & Tommy, So sorry to learn of the passing of Ralph. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Peace and blessings for your family. Glenn
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Jeannie Senter

Posted at 04:08pm
I will always remember the warm hugs I got from Ralph when I arrived at the National Junior Championships and the Tri-State Games. He was so welcoming and helpful. We had great conversations when I would call him for help during the first years that I did the Junior records - no on line or spread sheets then. Our conversations often led to other Wheelchair and Ambulatory Sports issues and activities. Although health issues plagued him in his later years, he still made time to help others. Now you're free and spreading cheer without anything to hold you back. With love and sorry, Jeannie

Jeannie Senter Posted at 04:09pm

Meant to say ... with love and sorrow.

Patrick Little

Posted at 02:01pm
The news of Ralph's death struck me because I always think of him as a young man. The reason is clear: Ralph and I knew each other when we were both young but have not seen in each other in decades. In the late '60s and early '70s, we were in Sing Out, Nutley!/Up With People together. I sang with the chorus and Ralph played trombone in the band. Then we both attended Rutgers in Newark . We spent a lot of time together on campus. We often ate lunch together and were known to cut class together. Ralph was a self-educated expert on stereo systems and together we shopped for mine - it was very cool and I was the envy of my friends. We shared a passion for a trumpet player named Maynard Ferguson and his big band. Then we were in a rock band together. We rehearsed in the basement of my father's drugstore but we never got off the ground. Not one gig. Who knows why? But the band had a great name: American Standard. Yes, we named ourselves after the toilet manufacturing company. I think it was Ralph's idea. So, for a number of years we were very close. Unfortunately, once we got out of school, our lives took different paths and we drifted apart, as many youthful friends do. When I read the obituary, I was amazed at all that Ralph did, both personally and professionally. I remember when Jenn was born and I remember Ralph bragging about her athletic accomplishments, but had no idea that he and Debbie had a son. I'm sorry that Ralph died at what is now considered a young age. I'm sorry for Debbie - a wonderful girl and also an old friend. I'm sorry for his children and other loved ones for whom his absence will be near unbearable. And I'm said for me. Mostly, because I wish I had had just one more bull session to hash over life - in general and ours, in particular. He was my friend, and a good friend. My memories of him are all good and fun and about being young. It seems odd to say now that I miss my friend although we haven't spoken in years. But I do. Thanks for the memories, Ralph. Thanks for all the good you have done for others. God bless you and your family. Patrick Little

Sebastian DeFrancesco

Posted at 03:00am
Rest in peace my brother
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