The Italian-American Herald mourns the passing of Delaware great Ralph Papa, who died March 21 at age 70.
A butcher for over 55 years, Papa proudly owned and operated Papa’s Food Market, a family-owned business established in 1927. He enjoyed serving quality, premium meats and authentic Italian foods that were designed to satisfy the pickiest of palates. On a daily basis, he would spend long days behind the meat counter, ensuring that every customer was waited on and provided the outstanding quality that Papa’s is still known for today.
Papa’s Food Market remains popular to many across the Tri-State area. The wide variety of delectable cheeses, olives, homemade sausages, and other specialty items keeps his loyal line of customers returning on a consistent basis.
Papa was playfully referred to as “The Mayor of Sixth Street,” where he also managed several properties and maintained communication with his occupants.
Papa is survived by his devoted wife of 32 years, Rosemarie; his son, Dominic J. Papa (and wife Stacey); his daughters, Roseanne Prado (and husband Marc) and Alicia Papa; his five granddaughters; his six sisters, Nell, Josephine DiStephano, Carmelina Da Via (and husband Joseph), Jenny May (and husband Charles), Anita Clark, and Rose Cuocolo; and his three brothers, Dominic, Peter (and wife Nancy), and Marc.