Ralph passed away peacefully at home on Friday, April 15, 2022 surrounded by family at the age of 84.
He is survived by his loving partner Eileen Weber.
He leaves behind his daughter, Marsha Rankin and his step-children Carol Kollen, John (Louise) Sheridan, Tom (Steph) Sheridan, Bonnie (Brad) Parkes, Rick (Lori) Sheridan, Stephanie and Kris Comrie.
Left with cherished memories are his grandchildren Hannah (Lucas) and Tim Rankin, 14 step-grandchildren and several step-great grandchildren. Ralph will be missed dearly by his sister Mildred Thompson and brothers Waverley (Carol), Harold, Ken (Linda), Barry (Ann) and Dennis (Donna) and their families. He was predeceased by his parents Karl and Irene (Kentner) Rice, his brother Robert and his wives Cheryl (Wickens) and Imogene (Hewgill-Sheridan). He will forever be in the hearts of the Rice, Wickens, Kerst/Comrie, Sheridan and Weber families.
Ralph worked from the age of 16 at the Thornbury Co-op in the feed mill and eventually became the mill manager. He and Cheryl owned and operated Bayshore Bowling Lanes for close to 20 years and they also owned Brownies Smoke Shop.
Everyone who knew Ralph knew him to be a kind and gentle man who loved spending time with his family and friends. He was well-known to be a tease to all the young nieces, nephews, cousins and grandkids. Most will remember a good tickle and lots of laughing. Ralph looked forward to his annual hunting trips with his brothers and friends. Many stories of hunt camp adventures have been shared over the years. Ralph loved to play cards. It didn’t matter what game he played, he always had a good time with family and friends. Until his final weeks he was the president of the local card group and looked forward to each week’s games.
The family would like to thank Dr. Remillard and his staff, the Care Teams provided by Home and Community Care for the excellent care Ralph received in the last month. Special thanks to Carol Kollen and Bonnie Parkes for the extra care in Ralph’s final days.
Ralph’s family will receive friends for a public visitation at Ferguson Funeral Home in Meaford on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 from 4 until 7 p.m. We ask that masks are worn and that all Covid-19 rules and restrictions are respected to keep everybody safe. A private service of committal and interment will be conducted at Thornbury-Clarksburg Union Cemetery.
As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Meaford Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted. www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca
Public Visitation from 4 until 7 p.m.
Private graveside service at Thornbury-Clarksburg Union Cemetery.