Patrick Ragosta PHD

December 26, 1952 ~ January 26, 2024 (age 71) 71 Years Old


RAGOSTA—Patrick John, of Naples, formerly of Toms River, Eatontown, Bradley Beach and Cliffside Park, New Jersey, on Friday, January 26, 2024, at home with his wife at his side, after a courageous struggle with cancer. A lifelong learner with a PhD in psychology, he was a devoted college professor, public school administrator, history teacher and financial advisor over the course of a long, varied, and successful career.

Patrick was born Dec. 26, 1952, the eldest son of the late Salvatore F. “Tootsie” Ragosta and Dorothy (Violante). He grew up in Cliffside Park, N.J. and attended St. Joseph Boys’ High School in West New York, N.J. where he developed friendships that lasted a lifetime. In 1974, he received his B.A. in sociology at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, N.J. and won a scholarship to Columbia University’s Teachers’ College where he received a master’s degree. He taught history at Columbia High School in Maplewood and other districts, and later became a public school administrator at high schools in Burlington and Sayreville, N.J. He earned his PhD in Psychology from City University of New York and was appointed associate professor in the Department of Education at Union County College, where he taught until he retired in 2016. On Rate My Professor that year, 100 percent of his students said they would take his class again. “He teaches from experience, not just a book,” one student wrote. “Good job Ragosta!”

A devoted worshiper of the Jersey Shore, he spent as many summer days as time allowed at the Seaside Park beach with his wife, Jane. The New York Yankees remained his perennial champions even when they weren’t in the World Series. He ran the New York City Marathon, followed all professional sports, and wrote several news articles on social justice issues that were published in The New York Times. When he wasn’t on the beach or watching reruns of Seinfeld, he loved to go crabbing in Barnegat Bay on the small fishing boat he owned with his father and brother. In 2019, he and Jane moved to Naples, Fl. where they enjoyed their love of the beach, boating and sunshine.

Patrick is survived by Jane, his stepchildren John and wife Melissa Busco, Jason and Leigh Busco, and Justin Busco of Toms River, NJ and Jordan and Monica Busco of Naples,Fl and six step grandchildren, his brother Carl Ragosta and sister Annette and brother in law Laurence Ruh and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be a viewing on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at Fuller Funeral Home
East starting at 9:00 AM, followed by a Catholic mass at 10:00 AM at St. Peter the Apostle
Catholic Church, 5130 Rattlesnake Hammock Rd., Naples, Fl.

A memorial mass and remembrance will be held in New Jersey at a date and
time yet to be decided. In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully asks that donations be made to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance (


January 31, 2024

9:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Fuller Funeral Home East Naples
4735 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, FL 34112

January 31, 2024

10:00 AM
St Peter The Apostle Catholic Church
5130 Rattlesnake Hammock Rd
Naples, FL 34112


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