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Ralph A. DelBello, owner of Del-Mar Provision, champion golfer Oct. 2, 1947 -- Sept. 28, 2008

Ralph A. DelBello, longtime owner of Del-Mar Provision Co. and a champion amateur golfer, died Sunday in Sisters Hospital after a short battle with cancer. He was 60.

A graduate of Bishop Timon High School, Mr. DelBello was the second-generation owner of the wholesale-retail meat company at 1393 Clinton St. that was founded by his father, Chester, more than 60 years ago. He had been at the helm of Del-Mar 30 years.

Born and raised in Buffalo, Mr. DelBello was an Eagle Scout and altar boy at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. At Timon, he was a spelling bee champion and honor student.

Active in sports, he played third base for the Parkside entry in the Hillary Park Figure 8 League and, in 1987, was inducted into the league's Hall of Fame. He was a 13-time recipient of the Golden Glove Award.

He was a longtime member of the Cherry Hill Club in Ridgeway, Ont., served on its board, and was greens chairman. In 1980, he won the Canadian Pro-Am Championship and, in 2005, the Travis Cup. He also was a member of a Cherry Hill team that won Medal Champions during the International Fore Ball Championships at the famed Gleneagles course in Scotland.

Survivors are his wife of 30 years, the former Carol Coons; a son, David; a daughter, Marietta DelBello-Kaye; a brother, Dale; and a sister, Delphine DelBello-Spencer.

A memorial service will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday in Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave., Blasdell.


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