We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Maresca & Sons Funeral Home
Ronald DeConti passed away on July 1, 2022. He is predeceased by his wife Louise DeConti, his father, Louis DeConti, and his mother, Virginia DeConti. Dr. DeConti is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Anne DeConti, his son-in-law, Michael J. Colitz, III, his granddaughter, Emma Louisa Colitz, and his siblings Virginia, Sandra, Vincent, and Reginald, and their spouses and children. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend, and will be greatly missed by all those whose lives he touched so deeply.
Dr. DeConti had an extraordinary career in medicine and practiced for more than fifty years. After graduating from Yale Medical School, he served as a Medical Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Hospital in New London, Connecticut. Following his service in the Coast Guard, Dr. DeConti and his wife moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where Dr. DeConti completed his internship and residency at the University of North Carolina. They would then return to Yale, where Dr. DeConti completed his fellowship and found his specialty, medical oncology, which was a new field at that time.
Dr. DeConti was a pioneer in medical oncology, and would go on to hold faculty positions at Yale University, Tufts University, the UMASS School of Public Health, Albany Medical College, and the University of South Florida. He was devoted to patient care and served as the Chief of Oncology at hospitals in Massachusetts and New York, before moving to Tampa in 1993 and joining the first group of core physicians at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. Dr. DeConti filled many roles at Moffitt, but most notably he served as the Chief of the Medicine Service for eight years and the Medical Director for fifteen years. He was named the Physician of the Year in 2000. Dr. DeConti retired from Moffitt in 2014, and continued to serve the institution on a volunteer basis in the years that followed.
Private entombment services will be held in the DeConti Family Mausoleum in St. Lawrence Cemetery West Haven, CT