WINOOSKI -- Ralph Francis Sears, 75, of Winooski, passed away at home on Monday, May 18, 2015, after a long illness.

Ralph was born on June 6, 1939, in Burlington, the son of Raymond and Alfreda Sears. Ralph attended Burlington schools before proudly joining the US Navy of which he was honorably discharged. Ralph was an independent, self-made man who built and owned several businesses from Florida to Vermont.

Ralph is survived by four sons, Marc Sears of Great Falls, Mont., Michael and Gina Sears of Colchester, Matthew and Alma Sears of Colchester, and Mickey Sears and significant other, Sara Barnier, of Panama Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren, Lindsey, Meagan, Brittney, Briana, Andrew, and  Justin; and his lifelong best friends, Patrick  Lovejoy and Vern  Lovejoy.

Besides his parents, Ralph was predeceased by his sisters, Audrey and Elsie; and brother, Ronald.

Ralph was an avid Red Sox fan who never missed a game, and was a great friend and father who will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

At his request, there will be no visiting hours and burial will be private. Arrangements are in care of Stephen C. Gregory & Son Cremation Services.