Ugo William Raglione, or as everyone affectionately called him “Rags”, was born on June 2, 1922 in South Portland on Baker St, the youngest son of Mary and Gaetano Raglione. Rags passed away on February 15th with his family at his side. He had three older brothers: Steven, Albert and Remo (all deceased). Rags attended St. Stephen grammar school and Benson Polytechnic High school before attending University of Portland where he majored in zoology while taking several engineering courses for fun. After a short stint working in the mining industry as a surveyor, he went to work for the Willamette Iron & Steel division of Guy and Atkinson Company during World War II as a marine engineer specializing in mechanical systems on ships. While working at Willamette Iron & Steel, Rags enrolled in the University of Oregon Medical School. After completing medical school Rags wed the love of his life, Joan Dove (deceased) in 1953 and before completing his surgery residency he served in the Navy as the Chief of Surgery for the naval base at Mare Island, CA. When Rags and Joan returned to Portland with their first three boys in tow, he worked to finish up his surgery residency and resumed work at the ship yards. Rags continued his engineering work even after becoming a surgeon. The Willamette Iron & Steel division of Guy and Atkinson retained him as a consultant until 1981.
Rags served on numerous committees and leadership roles for the medical staff at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Providence Hospitals including Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff for St. Vincent’s hospital. When St. Vincent’s Hospital was looking to relocate from its original uptown Portland location to the current Barnes Road site, the hospital administrator Providence Sister Rita Ferschweiler was alerted to the fact that Rags, who had been “volunteering” his input on various aspects of the project that he felt were wrong, was an engineer as well as a medical doctor. Not long after, she put him on staff to oversee the planning and design of the hospital. Sister Rita noted that ‘He took charge and ran the show.’
Rags was never one to pass up an opportunity to help a friend or give advice on how something could be done more efficiently or effectively. This later trait usually resulted in him being roped into various leadership roles for the different groups that he volunteered his time to. When his family lived on the east side of Portland, he was a key organizer for the St. Ignatius Parish’s Italian dinner. When his children attended Jesuit and St. Mary’s Academy high schools he was elected numerous times to their boards to overseeing strategic capital investments. As a frequent participant in the Washington county and Beaverton planning commission discussions, he soon found himself a member of both commissions helping to direct and define the rapid urban growth that both of these areas were undergoing. Rags had a long and fond relationship with the St. Mary of Oregon Sisters, who taught him as a child at St. Stephen’s. He worked several years as their Maryville Nursing Home as the medical director. Throughout his life, Rags was a mentor and teacher to others. He was a preceptor at St. Vincent’s teaching the new residents during their surgical residence. After Rags retired from practicing medicine he volunteered his time for many years as the facilities coordinator for St. Mary’s Cathedral church overseeing all maintenance and repairs from boilers and electrical to stain glass window replacements.
Rags had many passions in life including his garden, woodworking, traveling, fishing and clamming but his greatest satisfaction in life came from helping his children. Whether it was showing them how to repair a leaking pipe, replacing a window or making a rabbit joint in wood, Rags got great satisfaction from showing his kids the finer details of how to master these skills and appreciate what they had created with their own hands. In addition, Rags had a deep interest and appreciation for steam engines as his father had worked for the Union Pacific Railroad in the Portland area. In his later years, he combined this interest in trains with his passion for woodworking to recreate wooden model trains of the classic steam engines and rail cars that he shared with his extended family.
Rags is survived by six of his children: James Michael of New York City, John Peter of Portland, William Joseph of Portland, Ann Marie of Portland, Thomas Vincent of Hillsborough, New Jersey and Mary Joan of Portland. Son Joseph Matthew is deceased. In addition, he is survived by fourteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Service will be at St Mary’s Cathedral in Portland, Oregon Friday, February 22nd. The Rosary will begin at 11:30 am followed by Funeral Mass at 12:00 noon. There will be a reception immediately following at Cassidy’s Restaurant 1331 SW Washington Street. Interment will be on Saturday, February 23rd at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Social Services at St. Mary’s Cathedral or St. Francis Dining Hall.
Date: Friday, February 22, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm
End Time: 01:00 pm
St. Mary's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
A Rosary Services will take place before mass at 11:30am.
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