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Bernacki, Ralph J., Ph.D - October 18, 2018

BERNACKI - Ralph J., Ph.D October 18, 2018, after a lengthy struggle with mesothelioma, at age 72. Beloved husband of Celeste (nee Wojtkowski); dear father of Dr. Rachelle Bernacki (John Schmucker) of Newton, MA and Dr. Gwen Bernacki (Mashiur Rahman) of Bellevue, WA; loving grandfather of Leo and Max Rahman and Emily Schmucker; brother of the late Paul (Mary) Bernacki; brother-inlaw of Carole Casey and Rich (Arlene) Wojtkowski; uncle of Jennifer (Rick) Smith, Jeffrey, Jonathan (Theresa) Bernacki, Nicholas and Mitchell Casey and Brandon Knight. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Rice Road at Seneca Street, Spring Brook, Friday November 2 at 10:30 AM. No prior visitation. Dr. Bernacki was a cancer research scientist at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center for over 40 years and was a research professor at SUNY Buffalo. Ralph enjoyed gardening, camping, sailing and home repair. Donations may be made to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Graduate Student Program, Elm and Carlton Sts., Buffalo, NY 14240 or St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, PO Box 448, Buffalo, NY 14215.

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Dear Celeste, Rachelle, and Gwen: I had the pleasure to work in Ralph's lab during the early stages of my graduate career at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He was truly a great teacher/mentor and a dear friend. He played a significant role as a member of my PhD dissertation committee and in shaping my professional career.

Joel Campbell
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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11/22/2018 I am deeply sorry to hear that Ralph passed away. It was a great honor to work with him at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. I have good memories ofthe time spent working in his lab. Ralph will be always in my heart and in my memories. My sincere condolences to Celeste and her family at this sad time. Gaetano Leto

Gaetano Leto
Palermo Italy
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So sorry to learn of Dr. Bernacki's passing. Condolences to the Bernacki family. It was a pleasure to work with Dr. Bernacki who collaborated with our lab at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Norm Angelino
Williamsville. NY


I am deeply sorry to hear of Ralph passing. Ralph was a great scientist, a fantastic boss, and a devoted friend. My family and I were very lucky to have him in our lives. Thank you Ralph, you will be in our memories forever. My heart goes out to family in your time of sorrow. Hanna Wikiel

Hanna Wikiel
Wakefield, Rhode Island
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I love you, Dad!!! We miss our Gabi everyday.

Gwen Bernacki
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So sorry to hear of Ralphs passing.Ralph was an old friend from Koons Ave. And St Lukes sincere condolences to his family

Ann Urbanski Linton
Lancaster NY
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Dear Celeste, Steve and I are so sorry to hear of Ralph's passing. We will miss our chats about sailing at NOLSC. Our sincere condolences to you and your family at this sad time.

Orla Morgan
Niagara Falls ON
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Dear Rachelle, Gwen, and Celeste. So sorry about your beloved Dad and husband. Only pleasant memories of a happy hello and a welcoming smile when entering your home during high school and onward, many times with some sort of house tool in his hand.

Hillary Bastone (Powers)
Warwick, NY
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Remembrances of Ralph J. Bernacki, Ph.D: I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Ralph Bernacki, to his wife, Celeste, his children, Dr. Rachelle, Dr. Gwen, their families, his grandchildren, his many friends and acquaintances. I did not know Ralph well throughout our high school years at St. Joe's, but we became better acquainted during these last four years at our luncheon get-togethers. He was a great guy, and ironically there were common threads with our cousin, the late Norm Paolini, who was also a cancer researcher at Roswell Park Hospital. Norm was responsible for St. Luke's Mission of Mercy, and I'm certain that their paths had crossed at the hospital. Also, Ralph's wife, Celeste, was a classmate of my wife, Mary Paolini, at Archbishop Carroll High School. It truly is a small world. Ralph was a kind, likable and, most of all, a brilliant man. It's unfortunate that the disease which he was trying to eradicate would take his life. He never complained, and he was always in an upbeat mood at our get-togethers. Ralph, you deserve a fine reward, and I know that you will rest in peace. Most of all I thank you for all of your hard work in trying to find a cure for a disease which impacts on all of our lives. You truly were a dedicated scientist, and most of all, you were an admirable man. Your legacy will be imprinted in our hearts forever. Sincerely, Your Classmate of 1964, Mike Pachla

Michael Pachla
Buffalo, New York
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Dear Celeste, Rachelle and Gwen- sending our love and prayers to you at this saddest of times. Ralph was a mentor and friend. I have good memories of the seventeen years I worked for him. He made the science interesting and FUN (lab meeting on the boat anyone?!). The camaraderie he fostered in the lab was so appreciated and speaks to those qualities that made him one of a kind- generous of spirit, caring and kind. We will keep him in our hearts, Love, Paula and Steve.

Paula Pera
East Amherst, NY
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