Received sad news last night.
One of the good guys from the neighborhood, Rich Ferraiolo passed away last night. He was 63.
For many years Richie lived on Prospect Avenue, a couple of doors down from the corner of 10th avenue and he also lived on 17th street. Rich attended Bishop Ford High School and was a huge sports guy. Dodgers, Packers and Lakers fan. Rich was always the first guy to have “Street & Smith’s” college basketball magazine. He later told me he would get a copy over in Manhattan before it arrived at Rae and Otto’s.
I will never forget when I graduated from Holy Name. I was in the schoolyard a couple of days after graduation and Richie walked by the yard, called me over and handed me a white envelope.
“This is for you,” he said.
I opened the envelope and there was a graduation card.
Inside the card was a ten dollar bill.
I thanked him and went back to playing ball.
That was June of 1978, 41 years ago. To this day I still remember Rich’s generosity.