Joe Ra, 74, dies

The family of the former TOH attorney and councilman said he died of Covid


Joe Ra, the former Town of Hempstead attorney and councilman, died of COVID-19 on Nov. 30.

Ra worked in the Hempstead Town government for nearly 40 years, under five different supervisors, and is remembered as a major figure in town government and in the Republican Party of Franklin Square.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Ra later moved to Franklin Square in 1970, establishing a private law firm after earning both a bachelors and J.D. degree from St. Johns University. He married his wife, Joanne, and the couple raised their children, triplets, in Franklin Square.

Ra is survived by his son Edward, a New York State assemblyman, his companion Madeline Presta, his son Joseph, his daughter Jillian of Franklin Square and his 4 grandsons. He is preceded in death by his wife, Joanne.

A wake is planned for Friday, Dec. 3 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and later 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Franklin Funeral Home in Franklin Square. A funeral mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 4 at St. Catherine of Sienna Roman Catholic Church in Franklin Square.