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Dec. 30, 1937 – June 15, 2014

Ralph J. Siracuse, of Clarence, a longtime electrical engineer and community volunteer, died Sunday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a lengthy illness. He was 76.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from School 59 and East High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Buffalo in 1960. He returned to UB to earn his master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1965.

Mr. Siracuse started his 36-year career as an electrical/systems engineer at Calspan in 1964. He retired in 2000.

Active in the community, he volunteered as an AARP tax aide for 12 years and served as an usher at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Amherst.

He coached boys baseball for sixth- and seventh-graders in the Christy Mathewson League in Williamsville from 1974 to 1980.

A volunteer for Brothers of Mercy for nine years, Mr. Siracuse was recipient of Volunteer of the Year Award in 2010.

After retirement, he enjoyed outdoor activities, including working in his vegetable and flower gardens.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Barbara A. Beck; two sons, Russ and Scott; two daughters, Anne Friedman and Lori; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 10950 Main St., Clarence.