Dominic N. Ragni, protector of environment

March 2, 2021

Dominic N. Ragni, 56, of Lewes passed away Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, at his home.  He was born May 20, 1964, in Chester, Pa., son of the late Natale C. and Margaret E. Ragni.

Mr. Ragni was a graduate of Cape Henlopen High School, class of 1982.  He built a lifelong career as a heavy equipment operator, working for construction companies around Sussex County, most recently for Melvin Joseph and for DelDOT for many years. He also worked for Sir Guy’s restaurant as a cook and a bouncer.  Mr. Ragni was a faithful member of St. Edmond Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach, where he was often an usher at Mass.  He was an avid surfer who loved the beach and was a dedicated supporter of Clean Ocean, the Surfrider Foundation, and anything he could find to keep the environment and beaches clean and healthy.  Above all, Mr. Ragni cherished time spent with those he held dear.  He was a loving and devoted brother, uncle and friend, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Mr. Ragni is survived by his siblings: Gloria Kriegh of Cochranville, Pa., Chris Ragni (Joni) of Milton, Steven Ragni of Cochranville, Dianne Allen of Sarasota, Fla., Margaret O’Hazza (John) of Rehoboth Beach, Tina Cain (Bill) of Newark and Kathi Elliott (Ben) of Linwood, Pa.; and numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, March 11, at 11 a.m., at St. Edmond Church, 409 King Charles Ave., Rehoboth Beach.  Interment will be private. Strict COVID-19 protocol will be followed including social distancing and mask required. All are also invited to view the services via livestream on St. Edmond’s YouTube page:

Arrangements have been entrusted to Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Mr. Ragni’s memory to the Surfrider Foundation, at and choose memorials.

Please visit Mr. Ragni’s Life Memorial Webpage and sign his virtual guestbook at



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