Ralph Vincent Nesci, 73, of East Hampton, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones at Hartford Hospital on Thursday, April 12, 2018. He was born in Meriden on December 10, 1944 to the late Vincent (Jim) Nesci and Mary Markiewicz Nesci. Ralph graduated from Orville H. Platt High School in Meriden and Porter & Chester Institute. His late father purchased Vanderman Manufacturing Company of Willimantic in 1966 and moved the business (now Nesci Enterprises) to its current location in East Hampton. For much of his life, Ralph pursued his interests in skiing, snowmobiling, boating, fishing and hunting and, for the last several years, he was an NRA-certified pistol instructor. A member of the East Hampton Lions Club since 1988, Mr. Nesci served in several capacities, including president, secretary, treasurer, director and on many committees. He also held positions at the state and district levels, including president of the Lions Low Vision Center of Eastern Connecticut, Zone Chairman, SightSaver Day chairman and district newsletter editor. He was a Melvin Jones Fellow, a Knight of the Blind, an Ambassador of Sight, and the recipient of many awards on the club, district and state levels and four International Presidents' Certificates of Appreciation. Ralph was a member and past grand of the International Order of Oddfellows Stephen Terry Lodge #59 of Portland, a long-time member of the board of directors of Camp Connecticut, a member of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League and Quaker Hill Rod and Gun Club, a life member of the National Rifle Association, and a past member of Westbrook Elks Lodge. He had previously served as a member of the East Hampton Water Pollution Control Authority, the East Hampton Water Development Task Force, and on the board of directors of the former Moodus Savings Bank. In the 1970s, he was a member of the East Hampton Volunteer Fire Department and the East Hampton Volunteer Ambulance Association.
In addition to his wife of 35 years, Sandra (Shook), Ralph is survived by his brother David and wife Mary of Florida; brother-in-law Rene Shook of East Hampton, wife Paula and their children, Sarah and Joshua; brother-in-law James Wills of Westbrook; sister-in-law Laura Wills of Middletown and her daughter Beverly Archer; and several cousins. He will also be sorely missed by his recently adopted daughter Nena. In addition to his parents, he was pre-deceased by several aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family wishes to thank the staff on Bliss 10 for their compassionate care of Mr. Nesci during his hospitalization, as well as the staff at Davita Dialysis of Middletown.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday April 18th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Spencer Funeral Home, 112 Main Street, East Hampton. Funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, at St. Patrick Church, 47 West High Street (Route 66), East Hampton. (Everyone is asked to go directly to the church on Thursday.) Cremation and burial at sea will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in his memory to the Lions Low Vision Center of Eastern Connecticut (a Lions charity near and dear to Ralph's heart), P. O. Box 43, Colchester, CT 06415 or to the East Hampton Volunteer Ambulance Association, P. O. Box 144, East Hampton, CT 06424.