Wilmington - Ralph James Gioffre passed away surrounded by love on Monday, January 4, 2021. He was a Wilmington native who was affectionately known as Ralph the Barber, Jiggs, Golden Tooth, and PopPop Ralph. He attended Christ Our King and Salesianum School.
Ralph started cutting hair at his father Frank’s barber shop in the early 50’s, and opened Ralph’s Barber Shop on Philadelphia Pike in 1956. He later changed the name to Ralph’s Scissor Sensations, where he cut hair side by side with his son Jim, until he turned 80, just like his Dad.
Ralph loved singing with the Immaculate Heart of Mary choir for many years, and always had to have a “choir mint” in his pocket! Ralph was a Grand Knight of the Pius X Council with Knights of Columbus. He was also president of Sallies Alumni Association and President of the Delaware Association of Barbers.
Ralph loved people, loved life everyday and adored his family. He had a great love of golf, was an avid Eagles fan and always made people smile. He was the kindest gentleman, had the most generous heart and compassionate soul.
Ralph is pre-deceased by his son, Kevin, who passed way in 1981, as well as his parents Frank and Freda Gioffre, and his siblings Frank, Joe, Dominic and Irene Hannum. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 66 years, Audrey (Gregg) Gioffre, his children Gayle Gioffre McKearin (Bob), Jim Gioffre and Gary Gioffre (Penni); his loving grandchildren Rob McKearin (Megan), Michael McKearin (Susie), Josh Quillen, Laura Gioffre, Jacob Gioffre and Sophie Gioffre, as well as his ten great grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings Lucille Eyre (Bill), Marion Buddo (Jim), George (Joanne), William “Weg” (Lynn), Bess Beste (Robert), Deborah as well as his sisters-in-law Eileen, Marge, and Barbara Giannone.
This large loving family was his pride and joy, and he was at his happiest when they were sitting around his dining table eating pasta!
Ralph lived every day with God in his heart, happiness and love for all those around him. We all are so blessed to have been a part of his life. To quote Lou Gehrig, “Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth”.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, services and burial will be held privately. There will be a webcast of the service at 11 am on Monday, January 11. Watch webcast for Ralph J. Gioffre: https://webcasts.lifetributes.com/1112085 In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate a donation in Ralph’s name to: The ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia Chapter,321 Norristown Road, Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002,www.alsphiladelphia.org
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