Ronnie B and the Big O
October 8, 1939 - December 18, 2012
Resided in Annapolis, MD
Born in Philadelphia, PA on October 8, 1939 to Henry Onorati and Clara Barbieri, Capt. Onorati grew up in Northern New Jersey, and went directly from high school to the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Naval Science in 1961. During a 25-year Navy career, he served on four submarines and three surface combatants, including command of the warship USS Gray (FF 1054). His shore assignments included Naval Postgraduate school, Air Command and Staff College, U.S. Naval Academy, Bureau of Naval Personnel, and Command of the Naval Ocean Research and Development Activity in 1984. He earned a Master of Science degree in Oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1968 and a Master of Arts degree in Business Administration from Auburn University in 1973.
Capt. Onorati retired from the Navy in 1986 and took a position as Director of Production and Operations with M. Polaner, Inc. In 1988, he relocated to Annapolis and became the Director and Chief Operating Officer for Seasonair, Inc. in Rockville. In 1990, Capt. Onorati formed his own company, RTR & Associates.
Capt. Onorati was a member of the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association and a USNA Foundation Trustee. In 2001 he completed his second 3-year term as an elected member of the USNA Alumni Association Board of Trustees, served as President of the Annapolis chapter of the Alumni Association, and was Chairman of the Robert Means Thompson Society. He served as President of the USNA Class of 1961 from 1980-1983, co-chairman of his Class' 5-million dollar fund raising campaign, and served as class corresponding secretary for over 20 years. He worked as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland, where he taught courses in Business and Organizational Management. He served on the Board of Directors for Annapolis Life Care, Inc. and the Ginger Cove Foundation.
Roger enjoyed spending time with his family. He spent many an hour at the Naval Academy Golf Course and helped keep the grounds at Ginger Cove.
Capt. Onorati is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Judy Beach of Cresskill, NJ; two children, Tony Onorati and Laura McDonnell and their spouses Sonya Onorati and Dave McDonnell; and his four grandchildren, Anthony, Nicholas, Brenna and Sean.
A visitation with the family will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m., December 27, at the Hardesty Funeral Home, 12 Ridgely Ave., Annapolis. The funeral and internment will be held 10 a.m., December 28 at the Naval Academy Main Chapel followed by a reception from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.at the USNA Alumni House (Ogle Hall)
Memorial contributions may be made to the United States Naval Academy Foundation at 25 Maryland Ave, Annapolis, MD, 21401; or the Ginger Cove Foundation at 4000 River Crescent Dr., Annapolis, MD, 21401.
Online condolences may be placed at www.hardestyfuneralhome.com
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