Aug. 19, 1945 – Jan. 22, 2016
Ralph M. Colosimo, an official with the Buffalo office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for 38 years, died Friday in his home in Cambria after a long illness. He was 70.
Born in Buffalo, he was a 1963 graduate of Grover Cleveland High School and attended Erie Community College in the science program.
He enlisted in the National Guard in 1965, was activated during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Korea. He attained the rank of staff sergeant.
Returning from service, Mr. Colosimo worked at first for Domestic Finance, processing loans, and was encouraged by one of his clients, a HUD staff member, to take the federal exam for the agency. After posting a high score, he joined HUD in 1971.
He advanced from overseeing loans to approving mortgages. In the 1990s, he was chief appraiser in the Valuation Branch, then became a project manager for major construction projects. He retired in 2009. He was honored as a Manager of the Year by the Federal Executive Board.
Mr. Colosimo was an avid fisherman and regularly took his sons on fishing trips to Canada. After living in the Town of Tonawanda for 27 years, he built a home in Cambria in 2001, installing a pond and stocking it with fish for his grandchildren to catch. He also enjoyed collecting coins, rocks and gemstones.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Jo Ann Foisset; a daughter, Deborah Guglielmi; two sons, Ralph Jr. and Paul; a brother, Frank; and nine grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 160 Court St., in downtown Buffalo.