Ralph L. Cassidy, 94, of Portsmouth, died Sunday, August 15, 2021 at Ohio Valley Manor in Ripley, OH. He was born October 26, 1926 in Portsmouth, to the late Francis and Grace (Doll) Cassidy.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Matilda “Tillie” Cassidy who died February 9, 2008, four brothers; Walter Cassidy, Howard “Hoppy” Cassidy, Raymond Cassidy, and Gerald Cassidy, as well as a special friend, Helen Thompson.
Ralph was a business man and former owner of Rax Restaurant in Aberdeen, and Jones Restaurant in Portsmouth, he was an Army veteran who served during World War II, a member of the Forty and Eight Chef de Gaurre, and was the oldest living member and former trustee of the American Legion, Post #23.
He is survived by two sons; Norbert Cassidy (Percilla), of Portsmouth, John “Tim” Cassidy (Chris), of Manchester, and a daughter, Susan Tugwell (Christopher), of Gulf Breeze, FL., four grandchildren; Amy Bosche, Joshua Cassidy, Jacqueline Shaffer, Meghan Schmidt, and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Friday, August 20, 2021 at Melcher Hammer Funeral Home in Portsmouth. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery where graveside military rites will be provided by the American Legion, James Dickey Post #23. A visitation for family and friends will be 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 19, 2021 with a Recitation of the Rosary beginning at 7:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family’s favorite charity, Sierra’s Haven, 80 Easter Drive, Portsmouth, OH 45662 or www.sierrashaven.org.