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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Ralph L. Grotto

Ralph L. Grotto, age 93, passed away on October 7, 2014 at Saratoga Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on August 2, 1921 in, Manhattan, NY, the son of the late James Grotto and Caroline Morrow.

Ralph was raised on Mott St on the East side of Manhattan.  He served in the US Coast Guard prior to WWII.  By trade, Ralph was an accomplished jewelry mechanic and designer.  He worked on 47th St in the diamond district for 25 years.  Ralph married his wife Helen in 1943.  They lived in Lindenhurst Long Island and had four children.

In the 1960's Ralph's love of horses brought him to upstate NY.   A longtime trainer at Saratoga Raceway, he worked with some great horses over his career.  In his later years, Ralph stayed active at the track and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Ralph is survived by his sons; Ralph Grotto Jr., James Grotto (Elena), daughters; Bernadette Cooper (Asa), Caroline Mazucci, grandchildren; James Grotto Jr., Alexis, Amanda, Asa III (Alexis), Ralph III, Joseph, Dominick, Sarah, Joanna, and 2 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife Helen Hurley, One brother and two sisters.

A private family service and interment will be held at St. Peters Cemetery, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. 


  1. I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Ralph. He was a very good friend of my father Armand. He will be missed by many.

  2. Sorry to hear of Ralph's passing . He was a great guy around the race track. He and Wimpy were always so cute together ! My Condolences to the family , Sandy Beaulieu

  3. Saratoga Raceway lost another devoted horseman. Ralph was s gentle Gentleman. Rest in Peace Dear friend. Our deepest Sympathy to Ralph's family. Harold & Gerry Goodsell

  4. Dear Grotto,
    What a Gentleman... Great Guy! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Family. God Bless You, Ralph, and May You Rest in Peace. Love, the Adsit Family <3

  5. Ralph was a great guy. We will miss him. Our deepest sympathy to his family

  6. Uncle Rock, I love you man!!!!! Louis