In Hamden, Thursday, November 1, 2007, Ralph 'Babe' Antonio, 78, of Mather St., Hamden. Loving and devoted uncle of William C. (Laura) Garcia of Hamden and Robert (Sharon Raudat) Garcia of East Haven; Great Uncle of William R. and Robert A. Garcia; Brother of Lorraine E. Garcia of Hamden and the late Edward B., Harry M., Ernest, Marshall Antonio and Margaret Casanova. Ralph also leaves several nieces and nephews. Born in Hamden, March 4, 1929, he was a son of the late Pasquale and Margaret Nardy Antonio. Ralph was co-owner/operator, with his brother Ed, of the former Pine Rock Tile, Co., the Hamden Package Shop and then of B & B Deli in Hamden from 1979-2005. He was an avid bowler in Hamden for many years, a fan of Hamden Fathers and Hamden High School Baseball and was an avid Red Sox Fan. He was also an Army Veteran of the Korean War. Funeral from Beecher & Bennett, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, Monday, November 5 at 9:30 am. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, 930 Dixwell Ave., at 10 am. Friends may call Sunday, November 4 from 4-7 pm. Burial with Military Honors will take place in Beaverdale Memorial Park, Hamden. Contributions in his memory can be made to Connecticut Hospice, 110 Barnes Rd., Wallingford, CT 06492.

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  1. Babe, You were a good friend and great person.We’ll miss seeing you at B&B & at the basketball games.Your with the Lord now,and he’ll take care of you.Our sincere condolences to your Family. . Rest In Peace. In Sympathy, John,Maria,Tiffany,Kimberly DeRosa

  2. dear babe, we had many wonderful family gatherings and we will miss you dearly. you always had that little smile and many stories to tell. may you rest in peace. thank god you are no longer in pain. love always Irene Albert Gayle Valerie Rick and Barry.

  3. Dear Lorraine and Billy, I was so sorry to read that Babe died. I know what a tremendous loss it is to you. Losing your uncle is hard enough, losiong your best friend is even harder. I wanted you to know that you are all in my prayers and in my heart. I’m sorry that I won’t be sble to make the services. With love to you all. Ann(Gaetano)DeSorbo

  4. Dear Uncle Babe: I know we haven’t spoken in a few months but you were always on my mind and in my heart. I will always remember the such good times we had like all the softball games, the times over Aunt Lorraine’s house and of course how could I forget being the beer runner for you and Billy when you were watching the ball games. I will miss yoy terribly and I love you. Pam Antonio Gadd

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