Ralph “Ralphie” D’Errico IV, beloved six year old son of Ralph and Sharri (Coe) D’Errico III of Durham, passed away Thursday, September 13, 2012 at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Ralphie was born in Middletown on July 23, 2006 and would have been entering the first grade at Brewster Elementary School in Durham. A happy loving young boy, Ralphie loved to play baseball; loved the movie “Cars”; loved the ocean and all of its wonders but the most favorite of Ralphie’s pastimes was catching frogs. Ralphie also had a great love and interest in dinosaurs and said when he grew up he wanted to be a paleontologist. Besides his parents he leaves his sisters Marceline Ann D’Errico and Emily Catherine Callahan; his grandparents Edward S. Coe, Christine C. Kelley, Ralph D’Errico, Jr. and Laura D’Errico; his great-grandmother Annette Melillo and his uncle Jason E. Coe.
Family and friends are invited to go directly to Notre Dame Church, 272 Main Street, Durham on Tuesday morning at 10:00 to attend a mass of Christian burial and are also invited to attend the committal services immediately following in Mica Hill Cemetery, Durham. The visiting hours will be Monday from 4 to 8 PM at the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, North Haven and the family would like to extend a special invitation to all of Ralphie’s friends and classmates to visit him during those hours. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Leukemia Society, 300 Research Parkway, Suite 310, Meriden, CT 06450.