Ralph Andrew Milley, a resident of Glastonbury, CT for the past 48 years, passed away at home on the morning of June 28, 2022, surrounded by the love of his family. Ralph was born at home in Cambridge, Massachusetts on September 22, 1933, to the late Jethro and Bessie (Skinner) Milley, both natives of Newfoundland. He grew up in Reading, MA, graduated from Reading High School in 1951, and, on a golf scholarship, attended the University of New Mexico A&M, now NMSU. He also spent 42 years of Summers and Falls at his Cape Cod home in Dennis, MA, and many Winters in Lake Worth, Florida.
Ralph’s lifelong passion, besides loving and spending time with his family, was the game of golf. He started at the age of 11 while working as a caddy at Meadow Brook Golf Club in Reading, MA. Under the wing of Head Pro Everett Stuart, he watched and learned and became quite the talented golfer - many would say he was a natural. At the age of 16, he won the 1950 New England Junior Golf Championship and the Massachusetts Junior Golf Championship in 1952. In 2001, he was inducted into the Reading Memorial High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
His career in the Electrical Sales industry spanned 44 years beginning in 1953 with H.W. MacLeod in Boston, MA until his retirement in 1997 from Hubbell, Inc/RACO of Shelton, CT. He was highly regarded and respected by all that worked with and knew him. A well-deserved retirement trip to Scotland allowed him to play the most iconic golf courses of his life.
Ralph never met a stranger…he loved people, and people loved him. He was a magnet, especially to children and, with treats always in his pocket, his favorite neighborhood dogs. He was a caring and gentle man who made new friends everywhere he went. He was a loyal Red Sox, Patriots and UCONN Women’s Basketball fan. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who cheered his kids and grandkids on in every sport they played. He loved jigsaw puzzles, and crosswords and was an avid reader.
Ralph was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Roy, and his sister, Jean. He leaves to mourn his passing his beloved wife of 69 years, Delene (Johnston), and his three children, son Jeffrey (Cathy) Milley of Wheaton, IL, daughters, Jaye (Rick) Carlson of Hingham, MA and Jennifer (Brian) Beggs of Gulf Breeze, FL. He also leaves his adoring 8 grandchildren: Kristin (Brad) Boemmel, Brett (Stephanie) Milley, Kyle Carlson, Kelly (William) Malaro, Kristy (Greg) Troxell, Emily (Boomer) Harrington, Allison and Caroline Beggs. And lastly, he leaves his 8 precious great-grandchildren: Mason & Brooke Boemmel, Evan Milley, Cooper & Lawson Harrington, Parker & Madison Malaro and Andrew Troxell. He also leaves his brother, Alan (Jewell) Milley of Lake Worth, FL, and many nieces and nephews.
At his request, the family is respecting his wishes that there be no public services for him.