Ralph Blair McNerney, age 78, died on Wednesday 11/16/2022. He was preceded in death by his sister, Judith Kolodny and
survived by his wife, of 46 years, Dawn McNerney (nee Butcher), his sister Kathleen Franc, his brothers Richard and Robert McNerney and 14 nieces and nephews.
After graduating from Holy Name High School in 1962 he served in the 230th Military Police unit of the US Army (1965-1967) with honors. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Cleveland State University, a Master of Education from Kent State University, and an Education Specialist degree from Kent State University. While in college, he served as the president of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and maintained an active role in the fraternity’s alumni organization.
Ralph spent his professional career in university administration, specializing in the creation and management of co-op programs at four major universities. These programs helped hundreds of students successfully launch their careers.
Sports were always important to Ralph and football held first place in his heart. He refereed high school football for 45 years, retiring just this year. He was the oldest active licensed referee in Ohio, officiating 120 games in many seasons.
Ralph was known for his almost inexhaustible determination and perseverance when taking on projects. Their family home, which he built almost singlehandedly, was a testament to his strength and commitment. His other passions included reading, traveling, his faith, his dogs, his family, and helping others. You could always count on Ralph, and he will be missed by many.