This past week was a sad one for our Rip’s family. A longtime co-worker, partner, relative, and friend passed away at the age of 96 – Ralph Grivetti.
Ralph was the nephew of our founder “Rip” Gualandri. He worked at Rip’s from the age of 13 until he retired in 1980. He was a co-owner with William (Morgan) Rounds from 1976 until his retirement.
Ralph’s friendly smile and greeting was a mainstay at Rip’s. The only interruption in working at Rip’s was his service to his country in World War II from 1941 to 1945. His tour of duty included Guadalcanal, New Guinea, and the Philippines.
His wife of 66 years, Marion, passed away almost 1 year ago. I am certain that they have been re-united and Ralph has a huge smile on his face.