Ralph passed away peacefully on a warm Sunday evening in Cowichan District Hospital with his daughters by his side.
Ralph was born in Meadow Lake, SK., and moved with his family to BC while still a young boy. They lived in Vernon before settling in Youbou where he later started a career as a saw filer in the mill. That career took him to Tahsis where he met his second wife Mae; they moved to Duncan in 1977. He became a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles that same year and remained a loyal member right till the end.
He loved his sports. In his younger years, Ralph played baseball, hockey and bowled with his many team mates. He volunteered as a referee for youth hockey and coached both boys and girls softball. He was so proud when his Youbou “Giants” Little League team won the playoffs! Later in life, he enjoyed watching and “debating” hockey or baseball games with good friends Marven and Art, or his grandson Shaun and son-in-law Lorne.
Ralph was an avid wood worker. He set up shop in each home he lived in, but none as special as the one he shared with his wonderful neighbour, Tom, and their buddies. No telling the shenanigans that went on there!
He surprised us all during his retirement when he took up baking and cooking. You were a lucky person if you got to sample one of his specialty cakes or savoury ribs. Thanks for sharing your recipes Dad! Most importantly, he was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend who will be greatly missed and always remembered.
A private service will be held in September. Memorial donations may be made to a youth sports team of your choice.