Ralph Bucca, 62, owner and operator of his own real estate firm in District Heights and a member of real estate, civic and veterans organizations, died of cancer Dec. 15 at his home in District Heights.
Mr. Bucca, who was born in Washington, became a real estate broker in the late 1960s and formed a real estate partnership in District Heights with Doris LaRochelle. He took over the business in the early 1970s.
Mr. Bucca began his career after World War II service in the Army in the Pacific. He was a property manager for the Berens real estate company in Bethesda and later became a certified property manager.
He then worked for a number of years for the Andy Moore real estate firm in District Heights. In 1963 and in 1967, he won top salesman of the year awards from the Prince George's County Board of Realtors, of which he was a member. He served as first president of the board's Distinguished Salesmen Club.
He also was a member of the Institute of Real Estate Management, the Prince George's County Chamber of Commerce, the Silver Hill Lions Club and the Forestville Businessmen's Association.
Mr. Bucca was a member of the Catholic War Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the St. Pius X Catholic Church in Bowie.
Survivors include his wife, Alice, of District Heights; a daughter, Michaele McDonnell of Birmingham, Mich.; four sons, Ralph, of Oxon Hill, Steven, of Mountain Top, Pa., and Christopher and Ralph, both of District Heights; a sister, Ida Anastasi of Boynton Beach, Fla., and a brother, Joseph, of West Palm Beach, Fla.