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RALPH ENGLISH (published on March 06, 2010)

RALPH ENGLISH June 8, 1918 - March 3, 2010 It is with deepest regret to announce the peaceful passing of Ralph on March 3, 2010, at the age of 91 years. Ralph will be sadly missed by his son Desmond (Tannis), as well as many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his wife Hester, parents Ralph and Kathlyn, sister Margaret and brother Herb. Ralph was born in Winnipeg and spent his youth growing up in Elmwood on Castle Avenue. He met the love of his life Hester and they married on September 16, 1944. Their love was shared with many family and friends until the passing of Hester in August 2007. He was employed by Sherwin-Williams Paint for 42 years where he was a paint shader and eventually factory foreman until plant shutdown in 1979. He spent his retirement as housekeeper, chauffeur, groundskeeper, and director of smiles and laughs. When his country called, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy and served from April 1942 to September 1945. Ralph had the biggest heart a body could hold. He spent his whole life giving, whether it was painting someone's house inside and out or simply pouring a sidewalk around it. He had a motor inside that was in high gear throughout his entire life. A very special place in Ralph's life was at the family cabin in Grand Marais. In 1928, his parents decided that a family cabin would be a good idea, so he spent his summers delivering luggage and ice to cottage owners with his wagon, only to go back to the cabin and give his mother all the fruits of his labour. He spent every summer there until his mobility made it impossible. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at Glen Lawn Funeral Home, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd. (South of the Royal Canadian Mint). We would like to give our sincere thanks to all the second floor staff at Oakview Extendicare for their care and support. Special thanks to Unit Head, Nivian Alexander, as a highlight of very day was Getting a handshake from the big fella. Thank you. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ralph's memory can be made to the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities or Lung Association. GLEN LAWN FUNERAL HOME 982-7550


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