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Ralph F. Lollar
August 8, 1955 ~ December 25, 2022 (age 67) 67 Years Old
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Ralph F. Lollar; born August 8, 1955, met his Heavenly Father on December 25, 2022. He was a graduate of Lenape Regional High School continuing his education at Rutgers University where he earned his Bachelors degree in Biology and his Master’s degree in Social Work graduating Summa Cum Laude-doing this all while working for the State of N.J. Upon retirement from the state, he began working for the Federal government as Director of the Division of Long Term Services and Supports, Disabled and Elderly Health Program Group at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Home and Community Based Services. He provided national leadership on these services during the Covid 19 public health crisis. Ralph was an expert in policy and policy administration, public presentation and speaking.
Ralph was elected to the City of Burlington Board of Education where he served as President or Vice President for 6 of his 13 years on the Board. Ralph volunteered on the high school PTA as Secretary, served on Project Graduation Committee, CASA Citizens Against Substance Abuse, he was a member of the homecoming committee and worked in the snack shack during football games.
Ralph’s love and care for the students and his community showed in every contact he made. He devoted his time both personally and professionally and in the process touched the lives of everyone around him, which brought him joy. He strived to create a place where everyone felt safe. His devotion and love for his family was just as intense. He loved spending time in his backyard, designing a place where we all loved coming together and spending time with each other. From his pond to the pool and from his blooming gardens to his peach trees deep and lasting memories were made. Ralph also had a passion for travel and his family vacations to Florida were legendary. It always seemed as though the sun was brighter, the waves were higher and the fish were bigger each time he recounted a tale. He had the ability to captivate an audience; in front of his home talking to neighbors, as Ben Franklin in the City’s Ghost Tours or while educating government officials on beneficial programs. Ralph had an incredible work ethic, he was unique, dependable, lively, expressive, always willing to go out of his way to lend a hand to others, mostly late and never without a big gulp cup and his infectious smile. He instilled these characteristics in to his children. His love, kindness and generosity will be sorely missed.
Ralph is survived by his wife former Councilwoman Ila Marie Lollar, sons Russell (Kelly) and Jason Woods and his daughters Nicole and Julia, as well as grandchildren Chase, Brandon and Ryan.
Visitation will be held Thursday, January 5. Between 4:00 and 6:30 pm. With services to follow from 6:30pm to 7:00pm. at Page Funeral Home. 302 E. Union Street in Burlington, NJ. 08016.