Ralph Malo

Ralph J. Malo

Wednesday, November 8th, 1933 - Thursday, October 31st, 2019
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COHOES Ralph J. Malo, age 85, passed into eternal life on October 31, 2019, surrounded by his loving family, after a long and gallant fight with cancer.

Ralph was born and raised in Cohoes, New York, where he resided his whole life. He was the owner of Malo's Barber Shop in Cohoes. Ralph was a graduate of Cohoes High School in 1951. Born on November 8, 1933, he was the son of the late William and Catherine Malo.

Ralph served in Germany from 1953-1955 as an SPC4 in the United States Army in the 176th Signal Corp. He was employed at Sawyer Electric as a television repairman. He then went on to get his barber license and worked in the family barber shop along with his father.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Marilyn Malo, and was the best father in the world to his three children, Julie Phillips (Chuck), Laurie Minnick (John) and Stephen Malo. Ralph was also a wonderful grandfather (Pa), to Jennifer Phillips-Krakat, Matthew Phillips, John Minnick, Jr., Andrew Minnick, Danielle Minnick, Shawn Phillips and Tyler Minnick and three great grandchildren, Maria Krakat, Anna Krakat and Nathan Minnick. He is also survived by his sister, Jackie Villeneuve of Nassau, as well as many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by three sisters, Jeanne Ukleja, Mary Ann Maloney and Carolyn Ayotte.

Ralph bravely participated in a clinical trial for a very successful target therapy for cancer at Sloan Memorial Kettering, and made a trip there every three weeks for three years, paving the way for the future of cancer treatment for future generations. The therapy was quite successful and gave him good quality of life and extended his life substantially. Throughout all of his many surgeries and treatments, he never complained. He was brave, patient, caring and kind. He was our hero. The world has lost a beautiful soul.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 8:15 a.m. at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, 105 Vliet Blvd., Cohoes and at 9 a.m. at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Latham. Interment will follow with military honors in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Troy

Relatives and friends may visit at the funeral home Sunday from 3-6 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice Foundation, 310 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Fitzgerald Funeral Home
    105 Vliet Blvd.
    COHOES, NY 12047
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  • Service

    Monday, November 4th, 2019 | 9:00am
    Monday, November 4th, 2019 9:00am
    St. Ambrose Catholic Church
    347 Old Loudon Road
    LATHAM, NY 12110
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    Rev. Brain Kelly
  • Interment

    St. Mary's Cemetery
    79 Brunswick Rd.
    TROY, NY 12180
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  • Good Conduct Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • US Army


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Gloria Dahl

Posted at 01:12am
Uncle Ralph Malo was my mother's brother. I live in in Arizona and no one tells me of any of my family's passing and I find out by searching. I'm so sorry to my cousins Julie, Laurie and Steven. My mother loved your dad so much. He was not only a great dad, grand father and husband and uncle. I remember him as being so caring, Upon my father's death Joe Maloney and the last time I saw y'all in NY your dad came and spoke to me and was so consoling. My mom told me what a courageous soldier he was in Germany. You can be so proud of him as a man and father. I remember going to the the Barber shop seeing grandpa Malo and Uncle Ralph and now Steven. I'm sorry for your loss. Love you all your cousin Gloria Maloney Dahl


Julie Malo Phillips Posted at 09:39pm

Thank you so much for the kind words about my dad Gloria. He loved your mom very much too and was devastated when she passed so young. We love you too! Your cousin, Julie

Laura Minnick

Posted at 02:43pm
Mr. Mali has been kind, patient, and loving for as long as I have known him. His family meant everything to him and being a father and grandfather gave him joy. I will miss him. Laura Minnick

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