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In Memory of

Ralph Pollara

September 30, 1912 - March 28, 2015

Obituary


RALPH E. POLLARA, 102


Ralph E. Pollara passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Visitation will be at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home of Livingston, 145 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave. on Tuesday, March 31 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. A blessing service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 1 at 10 AM and committal service will follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Upper Montclair.

Ralph was born in Montclair in 1912. In 1952 he moved to Livingston. He was a graduate of Newark College of Engineering (now NJ Institute...

RALPH E. POLLARA, 102


Ralph E. Pollara passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Visitation will be at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home of Livingston, 145 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave. on Tuesday, March 31 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. A blessing service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 1 at 10 AM and committal service will follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Upper Montclair.

Ralph was born in Montclair in 1912. In 1952 he moved to Livingston. He was a graduate of Newark College of Engineering (now NJ Institute of Technology) with a degree in Civil Engineering. He was a member of Tau Beta Pi Honor Society.

Ralph was employed for 34 years at Picatinny Arsenal, Dover, NJ, with the United States Army Munitions Command. He was the deputy director of the Nuclear and Special Weapons Division when he retired in 1974.

In 1977 he was praised by the commanding general of Picatinny Arsenal and received a Letter of Commendation from the Assistant Secretary of the United States Army for his exceptional talents during assignment to the United States Army Munitions Command Ad Hoc Committee. The capstone of his distinguished service came on July 20, 1965 when he received the Decoration For Meritorious Civilian Service for his direction and technical abilities in initiating development and completing the Prescribed Action Link Program which dealt with the safety of nuclear weapons-a project of international importance. This is one the highest awards a civilian can receive from the Secretary of the United States Army.

Upon retiring from Picatinny Arsenal, he worked for a number of years as a consultant for Emerson Electric, AAI Corporation and Duke University.

He was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) and the Livingston Old Guard.

He was beloved husband of the late Rose (nee: Reggo) and the father of Dr. Robert Pollara, Susan Pollara Syvester, Debra (Bill) Pollara Fergusson, and Joan (Fred) Gladfelter. He was also survived by his loving grandchildren-Kristen Hunkele, Kyle Pollara, Jared Sylvester, Cody and Brett Fergusson, and Joshua Gladfelter and his great grandchildren Avery and Tristan Hunkele, Jack Sylvester and David Pollara. He was predeceased by his siblings: Frank and Alfred Pollara and Petrina Di Girolamo. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Saint Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care, 95 Old Short Hills Rd., West Orange, NJ 07052.