Ralph A. Bianchi

1928 - 2018

  • 89 years old
  • Date of birth:  November 11th, 1928
  • Place of birth:  Medford, Massachusetts, United States
  • Date of passing:  January 22nd, 2018
  • Place of passing:  Wilmington, Massachusetts, United States

Ralph A. Bianchi passed away on January 22, 2018 at the age of 89. Ralph battled cancer for the last 4 months of his life. Born in Medford, MA, he lived most of his life in Massachusetts but also resided in New Hampshire and Florida along with Irma M Bianchi, his wife of 65 years.

Ralph was born on November 11, 1928 in Medford. He was the youngest of four children with siblings: Guy, Phillis, Louis.  He married Irma on June 22, 1952. He graduated high-school from Lawrence Academy, received his Bachelors at UVM, and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Harvard University. He began his career at Arthur D. Little and went on to found three companies including JBF Scientific which developed the pre-eminent technology for oil spill recovery at sea. The Valdez Star was the largest oil recovery vessel at the time, weighing in at 357 tons. He was also a partner at House of Bianchi, a prestigious Boston-based wedding gown company founded by his mother, Columba Bianchi.

Ralph continued the family wine-making tradition that is carried on by his children. He retired to golfing, political commentary and enjoyed his last football game watching the Patriots beat the Jaguars for the AFC championship. He built eight houses in the course of his lifetime. Ralph loved life, food, and family and those that knew him never needed to mention his last name.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Irma; four children, Raimond, Robert, Leslie, and Richard; his eight grandchildren Kian Wilcox, Christie Buehler, Aaron, Ben, Maranda, Sommer, Brendan, and Bethany Bianchi. Ralph lived to see and enjoy his first great granddaughter, Bianca Buehler.

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Candle lit  by Barbara Hartwell on January 24th, 2018

Sorry to hear of my Uncle Ralph's passing. He was truly a character, and Jim and I still use a couple of his colorful phrases! We are sorry that we are in Florida and will not be at his celebration of life.
Best to Rai, Bob, Rich and Leslie
Barbara and Jim Hartwell

Candle lit  by Donna Massa on January 24th, 2018

In memory of Ralph Bianchi,  I've known Ralph since I was a little girl. I grew up with all my second cousins playing high risk baseball in their backyards. Ralph's vegetable garden was always at risk! My fondest memories were in NH, many evening dinners out & at his beautiful home. Adjectives that describe him are, determination, ambition, practical,  good harted, tolerant, wise & shrewd

Candle lit  by Sharon Walsh on January 24th, 2018

So sorry to hear about Ralph. He was truly a man who knew what he wanted and did things his own way ! He will be missed. Jim and him would be sipping on home made wine and talk about politics. He is probably up there now with Jim sipping on wine. My condolences to Irma, Rich, Rai, Bob and Leslie.
Sharon Walsh

Candle lit  by Brian Hamor on January 25th, 2018

I will miss my dear friend Ralph.I met Ralph for the first time in Mt desert Maine when he contracted me to build his first home on MDI Northeast Harbor ME. That began a long relationship with the Bianchi family. Ralph and I played many rounds of golf built a few homes and remolded many others in FL NH MA and ME. Traveled across the United States selling oil skimmers.Many parties at his home and mine. I learned a lot from Ralph and most of it was good and we won't talk about the rest it will be our secret.
Rest in peace my friend and we will connect again someday.
Brian Hamor (Mount Desert and Boynton Beach FL, ME)

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