Ralph Edward Teitelbaum

ralph teitelbaum

July 11, 1952 ~ February 20, 2024

Born in: Amityville, NY
Resided in: Fort Worth, TX

On February 20, 2024, the world lost the most amazing man, Ralph Edward Teitelbaum was called home. We like to think all in heaven have been laughing and smiling since.

Ralph, originally from Long Island, born, July 11, 1952, raised his children in the state of Connecticut. After his children went to college, Ralph moved to California where he met his beloved wife, Carrie. Together, they moved to Texas where they eventually both retired. Ralph spent most of his career in management. His favorite part of his previous jobs was attending trade shows with former co-workers/friends. They also left with stories to tell.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Carrie Teitelbaum. Their love was pure, authentic and will be everlasting. Ralph and Carrie did everything together. They especially loved to travel together and relax at home sharing their morning coffee outside on their patio. They love to run local errands together, check out new spots and yard work. They laughed their days away.

Ralph is survived by his son Dean Teitelbaum his wife Eileen Teitelbaum and daughter Jodi Milardo and her husband Timothy Milardo. His children were his entire world. Even though he didn’t live near them in their adult years, he visited often and spoke to them daily. His love and care for them cannot be measured. He was so proud that his children gave him 5 beautiful and multi-talented grandchildren. Declan, Nolan, Molly, Hudson and Blake were his pride and joy. He loved watching them play sports and always checked on them academically. He was so proud of their gentle, kind, talented souls. He loved sharing stories of them to his dear friends and family. He tried to take full credit for his grandchildren’s amazing attributes.
Ralph is survived by his four stepdaughters: Bridgette, Augustine, Esther, and Connie along with 12 grandchildren. Ralph was very close and connected to them. He was very much looking forward to attending the wedding of his grandson Anthony and soon to be wife Isela scheduled for this upcoming Fall.

His grandchildren have so many fond memories of their Papa, they especially appreciated his silly sense of humor.

Ralph loved to collect outdoor happy hour signs. Most of them included sayings about having a cocktail, happy hour, a fire, and patio related… He probably had over 50 of them. They often times were topic of conversation while entertaining. During his last days he gifted one to Augustine,but misplaced it. He perseverated on its location for days until it was found and in her hands. That’s the kind of person Ralph was, he wanted to make others were happy even if it meant racking his brain all day and night.

Ralph loved traveling, watching sports, all holidays (especially decorating for them), hosting parties but most of all his prized past time was lighting a fire on his patio, playing the music loud (he even took requests from neighbors) with a drink in his hand and his wife and other loved ones by his side. He was social. Everyone was a friend. His heart was as immense as the state of Texas (only made sense that he lived there). He was the most thoughtful person and would help anyone who needed it. He was a wealth of knowledge and loved to share that with others. He was an informal comedian, a joke for every situation, he would talk to anyone, he loved BIG. If you did not know Ralph, it was surely your loss.

If Ralph wasn’t enjoying a drink outside by his solo stove listening to music, he was policing his front yard. After moving into their home, Ralph noticed some kids would walk on their front lawn after school let out. Ralph was not going to let this happen on his watch so he would station himself outside after the final bell rang and would direct kids off the lawn and tell them where they were allowed to walk. Carrie had to remind him often, “he was not the lawn police”. He even wrote a letter to school administration looking for their support encouraging the children to not walk on his lawn. This was just one of many things that would laugh about. The marriage included tons and tons of laughter.

Ralph will be missed so much by all his loved ones and there are a lot. However, he will always be topic of conversation when friends and family gather because as we all continue to say, “there are so many stories to tell”. May his memory live forever in our hearts and through our laughter. He is irreplaceable.

Thank you to all who loved him, laughed with him, had a drink with him, listened to music with him. May you think of him next time you hear a good tune, see a beautiful sunset or hang up Christmas lights. We know we will be.

There will not be a funeral or calling hours, the family will be having a celebration of life to honor Ralph’s beautiful soul at a later date.

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  1. Sending my deepest condolences to the entire family. Augustine has shared many fond memories. Love and prayers 🙏🏼🌹

  2. Sending our deepest condolences to Carrie and the entire Teitalabaum family. Ralph was a great friend to our family. We are all deeply devastated by the news of his sudden and shocking demise. Great and fun guy to be with. May his lovely and gentle soul rest in peace. Amen.

  3. I worked with Ralph at AWDirect. An unforgettable man, he was one of the good guys. My prayers go to his wife, kids, and grandchildren in this time of sorrow.

  4. My heart is breaking reading this. We lived across the street from Ralph and Carrie on Explorador. Carrie we will be praying for you and the family. Ralph was always so carrying and stayed in touch after they moved. Wonderful neighbor and my kids will never forget Halloweens. Ralph made it so fun dressing up as Freddy Krueger. We had so much fun watching him scare people. Ralph you will be missed

  5. We loved Ralph. I will miss my best neighbor. He was very inclusive, had an excellent sense of humor, loved music from the 80s, burned fire on cold days, served his community well, shared his drinks, celebrated holidays with us, and made his backyard a place for laughter and happiness.
    He won’t be here with us in his flesh, but he will live in our hearts. What a privilege to share great moments with Ralph and Carrie.

  6. Ralph and Carrie were our neighbors in Grand Prairie. They were great friends and we missed both of them when we moved away. They were fantastic hosts at several get togethers. Hard to believe Ralph is gone. We will pray for Carrie and the family.

  7. Dear Carrie! I hope your happy memories will help you through this difficult time. I will remember Ralph as a happy and friendly person his was. RIP dear friend!

  8. Carrie,
    We are so sorry for your loss. You and Ralph have a very special place in our hearts. We wish you never moved away! We will always remember the time we forgot to close our garage door when we went out one afternoon. We came home to find that you and Ralph had moved a table and chairs to our driveway so you could enjoy your dinner while still keeping an eye on our house.
    Ralph always had time to chat, talk baseball with our son, tell a funny joke, let us borrow a tool or knew which contractor to call. He was a wonderful man. Our prayers are with you And your family.

  9. I’m saddened to see this. My condolances to all his family and loved ones. May his smile and laughter carry on….

  10. What a blessing it was to have met Ralph. He was always smiling and laughing whether working in his yard or hosting a gathering for friends and neighbors. We cherished his friendship and will never forget him. He and Carrie became dear friends and will always remain in our hearts.
    We are praying for the entire family, asking God to give you peace and continued blessings at this time.

  11. This note goes out to Carrie: Dear Carrie, I found out about your loss today March 18 TH. With heavy hearts, our prayers go out to you and your family. Wanda and I will keep you in our prayers. I will miss my conversations with one of my dearest friends, Ralph. I will miss him and his antics. Wanda and I were glad to see you and Ralph at one of your happiest times being your wedding in Vegas. God bless you, Carrie.

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