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MAURY, Ralph Edwin
MAURY - Ralph Edwin Age 68, of Charlotte, NC, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 with his family by his side. Ralph lived most of his life in Buffalo, NY, and Hilton Head Island, SC. Born in Ilion, NY, he was the son of Thomas Maury and Winnie Nye Maury Fiato, and Vincent Fiato. Ralph leaves behind his wife, Rhoneda (Curley) Maury, who he shared 50 years of his life with; his three children, Brande (Kurt) Hoffman of North Palm Beach, FL, David (Nicole) Maury of Philadelphia, PA, and Brooke (Philip) Carter of Charlotte, NC; five grandchildren, James, Maddox, Iris (Hoffman), and Talan and Lila (Maury). He was the brother of the late Thomas Maury, Sharon Hughes and his identical twin brother, Kenneth (Maureen) Maury. He is also survived by Alex (Rita) Fiato, Marco (Hattie) Fiato, Chet (MaryAnn) Fiato, Frances (Bruce) Bull, Karen Fiato, Vincene (Don) Caruana and Peggy (John) Blakely; brother-in-law of Rhoda Palmieri and Rhonda and Lindsay Childs; and proud uncle of several nieces and nephews. In addition to family, Ralph was surrounded by the genuine love of his neighbors and numerous friends around the country. Ralph graduated from Albany College of Pharmacy in 1972 and began his career as a pharmacist with Fay's Drug Co., where he remained employed for the majority of his career. His passion for pharmacy and his leadership skills propelled him to the head of Pharmacy Operations, Western Division, where he oversaw operations and staff of over 130 pharmacies. He shared his pharmaceutical knowledge, his oath to patient safety, his passion for empowering people to understand their health, and his commitment to customer service with generations of pharmacy students, interns and pharmacists, and through his professional relationships with the Albany College of Pharmacy and University of Buffalo's School of Pharmacy. Ralph's contributions to education and influence in the pharmaceutical world live on today in pharmacists all over New York and nationally. Ralph was an ordinary man, who created an extraordinary life that included anyone who wanted to be a part of his world. Ralph's compassion for others was always present. A consummate care-giver, he was always ready to give advice to family, a friend or stranger in need. He shared his love for life with all around him. A life-long Buffalo Bills fan, impassioned golfer, avid reader, and consummate host, Ralph always brought energy and excitement to everything. In his retirement years, nothing made him happier than hosting his children, grandchildren and family, and surrounding them with their favorite activities and treats, including his famous spaghetti sauce. His family and anyone who knew Ralph, will forever carry his love and life lessons with them. It was our distinct honor calling him ours. Ralph chose to celebrate his life with his friends and family prior to his passing. For the very short time we had, Ralph was surrounded by memories, humor, and an abundance of love. To honor Ralph's legacy, donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Pancreatic cancer research funding has historically been nominal, only receiving 1% of cancer research funding. Ralph and Kenneth Maury, and 48,000 others each year, deserve more.