Ralph Diodati Drew, 86, of Dawsonville, died Feb. 13, 2018.
A committed and faithful servant of the Lord, a devoted husband and a generous member of his community, Ralph touched people all over the world with his Christ-like spirit, sharp sense of humor and lasting wisdom. Ralph was born in Methuen, Mass. and spent childhood in New England, served in the U.S. Navy, and graduated from the University of Florida in 1957 with a degree in architectural engineering.
Ralph returned to Massachusetts and then again to Florida where he raised his children and used his talents in the fields of engineering and architecture. He met Becky in Lakeland and they were married in 1975. Ralph and Becky made their home in north Georgia and spent their time shepherding others toward the Lord. Ralph would give his time and abilities to mission trips in Central America and Asia where he built churches for the local communities, just like he did for his neighbors in Dawsonville and Dahlonega.
His parents, Rafaele and Mary; his two brothers, Ronald and Reginald; and many cousins, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his beloved Becky; daughters and sons-in-law, Donna Diodati and Richard Carner, Holli Diodati and Timothy Smith, Karen Branson and Bert; sons and daughters-in-law, Kyle Diodati and Eleanor, Ed Moore and Beth; grandchildren, Melanie Monell and her fiancée Nick Saul, and their newborn son, Dominic, and Natalie Monell; Zachary Diodati and his fiancée Ashli Warren, and Victor Diodati and his wife, Amy; and Nick Diodati and his fiancée Lily, Alex and Gina Diodati, Chelsea and her husband Rich Wilson; and Nicole and her husband Joseph Sanborn. He will also be missed by nieces Cynthia Reilly and her family, Erika Daigle, her husband Mitchell, and their family, Helena Thorne and her husband Jamal, and Clara Diodati, and his many cousins and friends. Various other relatives also survive.
Ralph’s family received friends Feb. 16 at Bearden Funeral Home.
A memorial service was held at Church of the Apostles North in Dawsonville Feb. 17. A private interment service was held at Georgia National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Ralph’s family asks for donations to be made to the Church of the Apostles North in Dawsonville or the Dahlonega Care Center at 353 North Grove Street, Dahlonega, Ga. 30533.
Bearden Funeral Home of Dawsonville was in charge of arrangements.