It is with great sadness that the family announces Ralph’s passing, with his family at his side, on November 24, 2004 at PADH, White Rock, BC at the age of 83.
Predeceased by his daughter Suzanne and his brothers Louis, Jenner, Frank and Harry.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 51 years, Ruby and their children Michele (Marc Kotler), David (Irene) and Denise and grandchildren; David, Andrew, Rachel, Nathan and Katherine and his sisters-in-law Hazel, Jessie, Augusta, Lola and Mary and brother-in-law RJ (Roma) and many nieces and nephews.
Born in Ocean Park July 16th, 1921, Ralph was the first baby baptized at the Crescent Park United Church.
Dad graduated from Normal School in 1942 and taught school in the Cariboo for a year prior to enlisting in the RCAF in 1943 where he served for almost 30 years.
During WWII he served as a navigator, working in anti-submarine oerations based out of Halifax, NS.
After the war Dad served in France commanding a section of the Commonwealth Missing Research and Enquiry Unit. This was followed by postings to Toronto, Moose Jaw, England, France and finally Ottawa.
Upon his retirement Dad returned to Ocean Park where he pursued his love of gardening, reading and history.
Ralph was a long-time member of Crescent Legion #240 where he held many executive positions including President and Chairman of the Poppy Fund.
He was a long-time member of St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Ocean Park.
Many thanks to the caring staff of Peace Portal Lodge in White Rock for the loving care they gave our dad.
Memorial service and celebration of life was held on Thursday, December 2, 2004 at St. Mark’s Anglican Chrch, 12953 – 20th Ave, Surrey at 2 pm.
In lieu of flowers donations to the White Rock/South Surrey Stroke Club or RCL #240 would be appreciated.