He was born and raised in Worcester, son of the late Thomas and Ora (Burpee) Dumphy. He graduated from Saint John’s High School in 1950. He later continued his education at Worcester State College, receiving both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education.
Like most men his age, Ralph served in the United States Army and honorably served his country during the Korean Conflict. Ralph then met Patricia A. Gannon, whom he married July 4, 1956 in Saint Margaret Mary’s Church in Worcester. They celebrated 60 wonderful years of marriage this past summer.
Ralph was an educator most of his life and enjoyed being a mathematics teacher for over 25 years with the Shrewsbury School System until he retired.
Ralph was a hard worker who never gave up; even in his retirement he found time to work with Catholic Charities and the Guild of Saint Agnes, and volunteered at the soup kitchen and food panty at St. John’s Church in Worcester. He also had a few hobbies, including being a “foodie” most of his life. He enjoyed cooking everything and anything for his family and friends and was a collector of Lionel Trains. Most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and he found tremendous joy in his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ralph was a faithful member of Saint Mary’s Parish in Shrewsbury and a 50-plus year member of the Solidarity of Our Lady at Holy Cross College. He was a member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the National Teachers Association.
Besides his wife, Patricia, Ralph leaves his loving children, Mary L. Naples and her husband John of Shrewsbury, Ralph J. Dumphy and his wife, Elaine of Nashville, Tenn., Anne Marie Hayes and her husband Michael of Belmar, N.J., and Patricia E. MacIsaac and her husband Andrew of Shrewsbury; nine grandchildren, Elizabeth Naples Walsh and her husband Andrew of Holden, Christopher Naples and his wife Megan of Worcester, Matthew Naples and his wife Caitlin of Acton, Caitlyn Dumphy Bullock and her husband Eric of DuPont, Wash., Katherine Hayes Hoffman and her husband Timothy of Bryn Mawr, Pa., Michael E. Hayes Jr. and his wife Ryan Clarke Hayes of NYC, Erin Hayes Vickers and her husband Andrew of Belmar, N.J., Shannon Hayes of NYC, and Jake A. MacIsaac of Shrewsbury; nine great-grandchildren, Grace and Daniel Walsh, Lillian, Ryan and Patrick Naples, Reese, Adelaine, and James Hoffman and Isla Vickers; also survived by two brothers, Leo Dumphy of North Carolina and Charles Dumphy of Worcester; a sister, Carol Cote of Worcester; and several nieces and nephews.
The Dumphy family wishes to extend their gratitude to the entire staff at Christopher House, Family Tree Home Care, Hospice of Jewish Health Care, and the Sisters of Mercy for their compassionate care of Ralph and their family during his illness.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Ralph’s family Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 3-7 p.m., in the Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, 648 Main St., Shrewsbury. The funeral will be held Thursday, Sept. 22 from the funeral home, with his funeral Mass celebrated at 11 a.m. in Saint Mary’s Church, 640 Main St., Shrewsbury. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery of Shrewsbury.
Memorial contributions can be made to Saint John’s Food for the Poor Program, 44 Temple St., Worcester, MA 01604.