1987

Ralph Provisiero

Ralph Provisiero's parents immigrated to the United States from Italy in 1892 and settled in Brooklyn, New York. Ralph was born in 1917 acquiring his "informal" education in this environment. He attended New York Textile High School where he completed his studies in power maintenance. He continued his studies in automotive maintenance at Brooklyn Automotive High School. Ralph served in the United States Army during World War 11 for four years in Africa, Sardinia, Corsica and Italy operating truck/tank support facilities.

After being honorably discharged after World War II, Ralph returned to Brooklyn and worked with his father repairing and driving trucks in the family owned business. After a period of time Ralph realized that his mechanical background required diversification in all aspects of maintenance and accepted a position with a salvage company in Jersey City. When the White Motor Company opened a dealership in Manhattan, he accepted a position as truck mechanic working himself to the position of foreman. After twenty years with Manhattan White, Ralph made a job change and joined Nassau/Suffolk White where he later became Service Manager. With this wide exposure in the industry he was approached by Rheingold Brewery to maintain their fleet of equipment. As fate would have it, Rheingold ceased operations, which brought Ralph to Maislin Transportation Company where he was Fleet Manager until they went insolvent. He returned to a dealership, Manhattan Ford, as Service Manager and continued with them until his retirement in July 1986.

Ralph and his wife Ann, reside in Floral Park with their daughter, Valerie Ann. He is member of the Knights of Columbus. His hobbies include bowling, baseball and travel, which since his retirement he has been fortunate enough to do.

As for our organization, Ralph has been elected to executive status in all offices and is presently serving as Second Vice President. He could easily retire on his past accolades, however, he has chosen to continue his service to the Society. Ralph welcomes help and support from younger members within the organization so that the traditions of the Society will flourish and grow.

Congratulations Ralph!


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