Ralph Amabile

Ralph Joseph Amabile Jr.

Monday, December 10th, 1928 - Thursday, January 2nd, 2020
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Ralph J. Amabile, Jr., 91 years, a resident of Kennebunk, formerly of Weymouth, MA, died January 2, 2020 at Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford after a brief illness.

He was born in Weymouth, MA on December 10, 1928, a son of Ralph J. and Ethel G. (Dowd) Sr. He graduated from Weymouth High School and enlisted in the US Army at 17 ½ years of age, serving as a Corporal from 1946-1947. He went on to graduate from Burdett Business College in 1950. Ralph’s entire business career was in the leather industry, starting as a salesman and rising to Vice President at Prime Tanning Company in Berwick, where he was employed for 28 years. Ralph left his biggest impression on the next generation of industry leaders by providing coaching and mentorship for 21 years with Tehchang Leather Products as President of International Dept. Ralph was very involved with business right up until his death. He enjoyed meeting people from all over the world. He was an avid Boston Red Sox fan and went to watch “spring training” for many years.

Ralph was a member of George R. Bean American Legion Post and was the youngest selectman ever elected in Weymouth, MA at the age of 23, serving from 1953 to 1968 when he moved to Maine. He was also the Director of South Shore Cooperative Bank and was a firefighter for the Town of Weymouth.

In 1957 he married the love of his life, June M. Tourville and together they raised their four children.

He was predeceased by his parents, his brother, William R. Amabile and by his eldest sister, Rosemarie Egerton.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, June M. Amabile of Kennebunk; his son William R. Amabile of Kennebunk; 3 daughters, Donna M. Amabile of Portland, Denise M. Hamilton of Arundel and Lisa J. Nedeau of Waterboro, ME; 2 sisters, Joan Anderson and her husband Walter of Weymouth, MA and Jeanne Amabile of Kennebunk, ME; 4 grandchildren, Scott Jr., Kelsey, Nicholas and Kortney and 2 great-grandchildren, Savannah and Hadley, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Monday, January 6, 2020 from 4-7PM at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11AM on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at Holy Spirit Parish – St. Martha’s Church, 30 Portland Road, Kennebunk. Interment will be in Hope Cemetery in Kennebunk in the spring.

Family flowers only please. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
Ralph J. Amabile, Jr. Scholarship Fund, Kennebunk High School, Attn: Linda Wiewel, c/o Ralph J. Amabile, Jr. Scholarship Fund, 89 Fletcher Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043 or Two Ten Footwear Foundation, 1466 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451.

To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Ralph’s Book of Memories Page at

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, January 6th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, January 6th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Bibber Memorial Chapel-Kennebunk
    67 Summer Street
    KENNEBUNK, ME 04043
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  • Service

    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 11:00am
    Holy Spirit Parish - St. Martha's Church
    Portland Road
    KENNEBUNK, ME 04043
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Lydia Rodriguez hoogvelt

Posted at 12:29pm
Rest In Peace, my friend. Physically you’re not with us but I mind and spirit you’ll always be a part .

Jessie Lin

Posted at 09:04pm
Dear Ralph

Remember that we were just talking a while back. I joined the company in 1997, and you were in 1998. Time always goes so fast .

You are the first foreign friend that all girls in our office know. You treat us all cheerfully and enthusiastically. You pick for many colleagues. With the English name, you always give everyone a big hug when you come to the company. Soon everyone likes you.

Customers also admire you, you have n’t been to Asia for many years, but many times when I visit customers, they will also ask me how Ralph has been recently

Your professionalism is admirable, and your kindness is memorable. Thank you for helping us create a high-brand business. Because of you, we know where to start. We know how to continue. Thank you for your contribution.

We will miss you

Bob Greska

Posted at 05:09pm
I will miss Uncle Ralph, He was a good solid man of integrity and a man of his word. Looking back at our family celebrations at Christmas and Easter as a child, Uncle Ralph reminds me of Proverbs 20:5-7 - - >
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, But a man of understanding will draw it out. Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man? The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.

Men of character and integrity are hard to find, he will be missed.

julie a phaneuf

Posted at 04:35pm
I am so saddened to learn of the passing of Mr Amabile. He was a customer where I worked for many years and was sincerely the kindest, most polite gentleman. It was always such a pleasure to see him walk through the door. He always had kind words for everyone....knowing us all by our names. Always loved to listen to his travelling adventures abroad He was always dressed in a suit and tie. Such a caring, sweet demeanor. I know he loved his family deeply. My deepest condolences to his family. I am grateful that my path did cross with him...a role model for all. Julie Phaneuf

Jeff Dougherty

Posted at 04:26pm
RIP Ralph.
I met Ralph in 1981 at Prime Tanning in Berwick and he has been a good friend and mentor for many years. Ralph called regularly to share news of the industry, and to hear what I knew about was going on in the business. I looked forward to calls from Ralph.
When we moved to China Ralph would always try to arrange time for us to meet. My wife and I had good dinners together with Ralph in China. He always asked about my wife whenever he called and wanted to be sure I told her that he said hello.

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