Ronald Edward DeBacco

    Ronald Edward DeBacco, 83, passed away November 5th, 2020, in his home at Smith Mountain Lake, VA.  He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Ellen Moore DeBacco.

    Born July 9th, 1937, he was the son of the late William and Anntoinette Tarantelli DeBacco. He is also predeceased by his siblings Carmen (wife Dorothy), Bill (wife Johanna), and Vivian (husband Salvadore Musella).

    In addition to his wife, Ronald is survived by his children: Ron DeBacco and Suzanne DeGerolamo (husband David), his sister Mary Lou (husband Tom), brother Deno (wife Peggy), and his grandchildren Alec, Madison, and Gretta DeGerolamo, with many wonderful nieces, nephews, and cousins.

    Ronald was a passionate man, leaving his larger than life presence everywhere he went, whether it be playing football for Hobart College, his alma mater, selling tires at Goodyear, his lifelong trade, inventing secret handshakes and making people smile with creative nicknames at family reunions, or substituting at Franklin County high schools for 20 years as an irreplaceable replacement. He never met a stranger and treated all like family, with a zest for people that was contagious. He greeted you with a grin, captivating you with his spine-tingling energy and making you feel special. Ron DeBacco, his legacy is more than this obituary and will never be forgotten.

    To help fight Alzheimer’s ugly disease, donations can be sent to to fund awareness and research

    Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Smith Mountain Lake, is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit

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