Ralph Carmon Pignatella, 71, of Tucson, AZ, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on December 17, 2015. \n\nRalph was born in New Britain, CT on November 8, 1944 to Eva (Cook) and Carmon Pignatella. In 1962, he graduated from Pulaski High School in New Britain. He was proud to be a member of the school's inaugural class, where he served as class treasurer. It was at Pulaski that he met his lifelong love, Susan (Yablonski), with whom he shared 39 beautiful years of marriage, before Susan's passing on December 30, 2010. \n\nFrom an early age, Ralph highly valued the importance of education, and he worked his way through both the University of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut School of Law. Upon graduating from law school in 1969, he spent his early career working at the law office of one of his great mentors, Andy Denuzze. Ralph went on to open his own successful practice, the Law Offices of Pignatella & Kern, where he specialized in real estate law. \n\nRalph believed highly in public service and was an active contributor to his community. He served in the New Britain chapters of the Lions Club and the Lodge of the Elks and was active in the Connecticut Bar Association and UNICO. \n\nIn 2002, he and Susan retired and relocated to Oro Valley, AZ to enjoy the warm weather, beautiful mountains, and, most importantly, each other. Ralph will always be remembered for his strong moral character, his selflessness, his tenacity and perseverance, his tireless work ethic, his quick wit and incredible sense of humor, and his ardent devotion to his family. \n\nHe had many passions in life, including travel, books, American History, the Cleveland Indians, and UConn Huskies basketball. He loved the coast of Maine and was never happier than when he was walking the Marginal Way in Ogunquit with his wife and children. \n\nIn addition to his beloved wife, Susan, Ralph was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Harold Barr and Gerald Barr; and a brother-in-law, James Petruzella. \n\nHe is survived by his children, Amy Pignatella Cain, of Tucson; and Ellen Overmann and her husband, Matthew, of Saint Louis, MO; and by four grandchildren, in whom he delighted: Lily, Emma, and Graham Overmann and Oliver Alegre. He is also survived by two sisters, Geraldine Petruzella and Susan Lyles, and several nieces and nephews.\n\n Services will be private and are being made under the care of Vistoso Funeral Home, Oro Valley, AZ. \n\nIn lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ralph's honor to The Marginal Way Preservation Fund at www.marginalwayfund.org under "Honors and Tributes" or by mail to Marginal Way Preservation Fund, P.O. Box 1455, Ogunquit, ME 03907-1455.