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Born: Jan 17, 1964
Date of Passing: Feb 13, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
January 17, 1964 - February 13, 2021
Ralph will be missed by his wife Lois, daughter Caitlin (Samy), his brother Bernie (Susanne), brother-in-law Gordon, as well as his nieces and nephews: Michelle (Matt), Robin, Christopher, Carolyn (Cam), Dawn (Tyler), Russell (Allison). Ralph was predeceased by his parents, Hans and Elfriede and his sister-in-law Joan.
Ralph loved being a tow truck operator for many years; he named his business after his daughter Caitlin. He had a passion for working with and tinkering around with cars and trucks.
Ralph enjoyed being with friends and would always help a friend in need. He was happiest at the family farm, being able to work on projects and had hoped to retire there someday.
Ralph had a large collection of toy mice and often received these as gifts. Anyone who knew Ralph, knew of his love for garage sales, and he would bring home many treasures. All of his family have large tupperware collections thanks to Ralph finding a good deal.
As per his wishes no service will be held. A close family gathering will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue or the Winnipeg Humane Society.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 20, 2021
Condolences & Memories (6 entries)
Incredibly shocked to hear of Ralph passing. My deepest condolences to his wife, his daughter and family. Ralph was a gentle giant both physically and intellectually. I’ve known him about 10 years. He has provided exceptional service to the number of my cars. One in particular, 1960 Thunderbird convertible. He Truly enjoyed working on the car as I had the seats move back to accommodate my frame which was about the same size as his. To look at us we could’ve been brothers as we often joked about..The only difference was I had a beard, close shaven. To know Ralph you had to earn it. A huge heart for small things and people who listened to his special way. I will miss you Ralph and you would be embarrassed to hear the praise. Not in your nature. Dwaine - Posted by: Dwaine King (Friend) on: Apr 05, 2021
I met Ralph through Jim so many years ago. I moved away from Winnipeg but when I returned in 2014 for a visit, while I was battling Cancer, Ralph made sure to spend a day with me and having breakfast with Adam. He was a kind, caring man who was always there for his friends. I have so many fun memories with Ralph. Thank you for being an amazing human. To your family, I offer my deepest condolences. Rest easy my friend. You may be gone but you will never be forgotten❤ - Posted by: Katryna (Friend ) on: Mar 04, 2021
Lois and Caitlin, I was shocked and saddened to read of Ralph's death. Holding you both in my thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Cheryl (McClure) Thiessen (Friend from younger days) on: Feb 24, 2021
I first met Ralph through the Tyndall Eagles 3386, and he was a lovely guy with a great sense of humour, and he was always right in there at any Eagle's event, donating his time, working hard, and offering a hearty laugh or a smile to everyone around him. A true quality person in every sense of the word-it was a privledge to know him. My sincere condolances to the family. - Posted by: Ken William Cade (Friend) on: Feb 24, 2021
Heavy hearts and prayers go out to the family, friends and anyone who knew Ralph. He was a very special man. I met Ralph about 18 years ago. We were both dedicated members of the Fraternal Order Of Eagles, which is charitable philanthropist organization whose motto is "People Helping People". Ralph was a very dedicated member who traveled the longest out of all of us to attend the meetings and fundraising events. Ralph and I spent many years together in this organization. We used to do one particular event every year, the Fraternal Eagles 3386 steak dinner and dance, our clubs biggest fundraising event. Our job was the steak pit. I looked forward to working it with him every year. Ralph was a family man extremely well spoken with a very dry wit. You had to be intelligent to appreciate his humor. We would go home with sore cheeks from laughing and smelling like a smoked sausage. A really good feeling every time. He loved his fast cars and love to debate. Ralph your presence, humor, banter, sensibility, fraternalism, caring and gentleness will be remembered and missed by us all. Rest in peace and until we meet again brother. God bless - Posted by: Jamie panson and family (Friend and fraternal brother) on: Feb 20, 2021
It still seems so unreal. Adam and I are crushed that our buddy is no longer with us. We are heart broken for Lois, Caitlin and the rest of the family. Gone far too soon! Rest easy dear friend. Until we meet again! - Posted by: Marcie and Adam (Friends ) on: Feb 20, 2021
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