Ronald J. Alicandro, age 66, of Tampa, Florida passed away peacefully on March 16, 2021 surrounded by his family. Ron was born on March 19, 1954, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Palmarino and Pasqui DaBaldo Alicandro. Ron is survived by his wife, Johnnie, née Morenzi, and his sons, Michael Anthony and Garrett David Alicandro. Ron is also survived by his sister, Paula (Fred) Belmondo and nephews Paul and Gregory Belmondo, as well as many beloved family members and cousins.
Ron started his career in hospitality in Pittsburgh, followed by stints in Boston, Massachusetts and then in Stamford and Norwalk, Connecticut. After relocating 27 years ago to Tampa, he assumed the role of general manager of several hotels in Hillsborough County. During this time, he developed a unique level of leadership in the hospitality industry beyond the properties he managed. He understood that leadership is defined not only by being out front, as President and Vice – President of the Hillsborough County Hotel & Motel Association (HCHMA), but also that success required a contagious spirit of service among employees and others in the community. During his long-term service for the HCHMA and Visit Tampa Bay and for the Tampa Bay Sports Commission’s Boards of Directors, he contributed not only his market knowledge but also his value in being willing to ask tough questions, seeking to make improvements through positive reinforcement. Ron was an enthusiastic and engaged volunteer by spearheading nonprofit endeavors and always finding a way to turn a policy or execution issue into an asset.
Ron will be greatly missed by his family. His love and support of his sons was limitless, and his heart will always be united with theirs. Finally, Ron was proud to call Tampa his home, and he also will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know him along his life’s journey.
A Catholic mass will be held Sunday April 25, 2:00 at Jesuit High School Holy Cross Chapel with a lunch immediately following at the EDGE, Epicurean Hotel.
In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to the following: