Ralph Cole Waddey


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Gloucester - Ralph Cole Waddey of Gloucester passed away peacefully in the wake of an accident and injury. Ethno-musicologist and a musician himself, social scientist, specialist in International Affairs, Portuguese language interpreter, father, husband and above all man of deep friendships, Ralph was ferociously Ralph. Charming irresistibly to some, dismissive of fools, witty by all accounts and remarkably intelligent, Ralph made his own way. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and grew up in South Carolina. From an early age he demonstrated his inclination for science and music. After having had conferred a Bachelor's degree in Social Science at Georgetown University in 1965, he went to Bahia, Brazil, as a Peace Corps volunteer. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies in 1973 by the University of Florida. As a doctoral candidate in Musicology of the University of Illinois, he came back to Brazil and did an important research in the 70s-80s on the musical phenomenon on the Bahian Reconcavo (Samba de Roda and Viola). He was acclaimed by the Brazilian cultural authorities. Brazil was his second home. Intellectuals, scholars in diverse fields and country folk, in particular, loved Ralph.
Ralph also loved Gloucester where he decided to live after having served in United Nations peacekeeping missions in Angola and Kosovo (1995-2005), and where he earned him respect and deep friendships. In Gloucester he also found earthy sincerity, history, friendship and a good life.
He is survived by his wife, Ana Alakija Waddey; daughter, Anna Seton Cole Crosbie; former wives, Maria do Perpetuo Socorro Davico and Caroline Seaton Crosbie; sister, Sharon Cole; cousins, Gary Wendt, Sheri Beecher, Kathie Enloe, James Wendt, Chris Rushefsky, Jan and Michael Johnson; Jack Waddey; aunt, Evelyn Johnson Wendt; and other relatives.

A Celebration of Life organized by his loved ones, friends and neighbors will be held in his memory on Sunday, September 1, 2019, 11 a.m. at the DES Portuguese American Club, 133 Prospect St, Gloucester. Please, park on the street.
Arrangements by Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester.
For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
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Published on August 22, 2019
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Aug 29, 2019
Small Garden Dish was purchased for the family of Ralph Cole Waddey by ILIA CORNIER-RIVERA.  Send flowers
judy Warner
Aug 27, 2019
Ralph's flame shines bright.
Condolences to his wonderful family.
Funmi Alakija
Aug 26, 2019
Dear cousin in law, it's painful that you didn't wait for us to meet officially. Your invitation to host me says volume about your lovely personality. Thank you. May your soul rest in perfect peace Ralph.
My condolence to you coz. Lord is your strength.
LeBaron L Hazen
Aug 24, 2019
So sorry to see this. I have been Ralph's mechanic for almost 15 years and have taken care of both of his cars. He was always a pleasure seeing him and we had many nice conversations every time we saw each other. He was a true gentleman. My condolences to Ana and his entire family.