HAWAII - Information Systems Technology Chief Petty Officer (Surface Warfare) Richard G. Ferraro Jr., 44, of Ewa Beach, formerly of Girard, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Hawaii.
He was born May 8, 1969, in Youngstown, the son of Richard G. Sr. and Mary "Jackie" O'Brien Ferraro.
A 1987 graduate of Girard High School, Richard joined the U.S. Navy on June 24, 1987, achieving the rank of senior chief petty officer. Richard received orders to his first command, the USS John F. Kennedy, and then went on to serve at various commands that included the USS Abraham Lincoln, USS La Salle, USS Chosin, USS Blue Ridge, USS Coronado and USNS Salvor.
Richard also served in Desert Storm, the Persian Gulf and more recently in Afghanistan.
Richard was first and foremost always devoted to his command.
He is survived by his parents of Girard; his sister, Angela R. (Mike) Gonzalez; and his niece, Grace E. Edwards. He is also survived by his wife, Leny Escobonas Ferraro, and her children, Mayann and Jessica.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Angelo and Mary Ferraro and Peter and Beulah O'Brien.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard, where a funeral service with military honors will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Richard's family would like to express appreciation to the U.S. Navy, Blackstone Funeral Home and Delta Airlines.
Material contributions can be made to the Girard Free Library in memory of Richard.
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