American Veteran 04

Ralph DaRoza

July 23, 2022


Fairhaven-  Ralph DaRoza, 77, of New Bedford passed away peacefully in his home after a long battle with cancer.  He was the loving husband of Rosemary (Matiskella) DaRoza.

Born in New Bedford, he was the son of the late Florinda (Fernandes) and Candido DaRoza.  

Along with his wife, Ralph is survived by his son, Christopher John DaRoza of New Bedford.  His brother William DaRoza and his wife Dixie of New Bedford.  Ralph also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.  Ralph was the brother of the late Charles DaRoza and the late Paul DaRoza. 

Ralph was a Communicant of St Francis of Assisi Church in New Bedford until his illness prevented him from attending.  His devotion to his faith was always there however, during the last months of Ralph’s life he showed a particular devotion to the Blessed Mother Mary.  Ralph perused his passion, the arts, he attended and graduated from Swain School of Design. Shortly after his graduation, Ralph was called to serve in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.   After his service, Ralph worked as self-employed Graphic Artist, Ralph was able to indulge in his other artistic areas of creativity, painting and sketching.  His pencil sketchings that he drew seemed to appear realistic to the people who saw them.  He liked to work with his hands, for his 25th wedding anniversary, Ralph turned his entire backyard into a raised garden for Rosemary to enjoy.  Ralph was a caring and compassionate person, a natural caregiver.  He cared for both of Rosemary’s parents, and his late brother Charlie.  Ralph had a calming personality and used the DaRoza sense humor to ease people that he talked to about their situations.  He loved to cook, especially soups.  He loved to read books about art and history.  Most of all Ralph enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. 

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at the St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 283 Mill Street New Bedford on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 9:30am.  Burial will immediately follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in New Bedford.

Donations in Ralph’s memory in lieu of flowers can be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 450 Brookline Ave Boston, MA 02215 or online to

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Mass of Christian Burial
July 28, 2022

9:30 AM
St. Francis of Assisi Church New Bedford
247 North Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

July 28, 2022

St. Mary 's Cemetery
Kempton Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

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