Ralph passed away March 31st, 2005 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, one week after his 84th birthday.
He was predeceased by: his wife Patricia, son Brent and daughter-in-law Marcelle, his parents Howard and Florence Hepburn, sisters Jane and Mildred and his brother James.
He is survived by: his sons Brock (Elaine) of Winnipeg, Man., Dale (Lee and daughter Quinn) of Redvers, Sask., grandchildren Lorie (Anthony) Chambers, Tamie (Trevor) Schwab, Ean, and Scott; his great granddaughter Shastyna and his sister, Mary (Gordon) Kerr of Ladysmith, B.C., as well as many nieces and nephews.
Ralph served in the army in World War II as a Trooper and was trained as a Tank Driver and Mechanic. In 1996, he, along with other Canadian soldiers, was invited to Holland to help the dutch people celebrate fifty years of freedom. There he visited many places where he served.
He farmed at Redvers, Sask., for years and in retirement went Hail Adjusting throughout Saskatchewan.
From 1992, he spent winters in Ladysmith, and in 1999 moved to Ladysmith, making many friends.
In Ladysmith he attended the United Church and was active with the O.A.P. and enjoyed his stay at La Rosa Gardens. He was often seen around town on his big red scooter.
After his health failed, in 2003 he moved to Winnipeg, Man., to be closer to his sons and grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held in the Chemainus cemetery on Sunday, April 17, 2005 at 2:00 pm.