It is with a sad heart that I announce the passing of Ralph Day, CIW614/VE3CRK. I received an e-mail from his daughter this morning informing me. I’ve noticed his absence over the past months and as always I begin to wonder. Ralph had been a stalwart over the past years and could always be counted on to be there for CFARS. He will be missed.
The following is an excerpt from his daughter’s e-mail.
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On Friday, August 16th, 2019 Ralph Day found new peace and comfort in his heavenly home.
We are all blessed to have been part of his life, and to have the assurance that we will one day meet again.
Ralph was loved and treasured by all who were fortunate enough to have known him as a Husband, Father, Grandpa, Mason, Ham Radio Operator, friend or confidant. He impressed us all with his warmth and welcoming smile. He modeled patience in such a profound way that he had the honorary title of “Saint Ralph”. While having to leave education at an early age he had an untapped intelligence and unending curiosity which gave him the uncanny ability to fix anything. And then of course there is his handsome good looks which always had people thinking he was much younger than anyone would ever accurately guess.
Born in 1938, Ralph would be the only child to his parents, Ernest and Lillian. Unfortunately, his father passed away when Ralph was only a young boy at age 5 and he would be raised solely by his mother. What big shoes to fill… and having size 13 feet ...he wore them well. His mother raised him to show kindness, honor and respect, and ingrained a deep sense of responsibility to always do the right thing and take care of those that matter most.
Although he thought he might have become an Electrician, all his experience eventually lead him to apprentice in plumbing and through a family connection he was extended an interview and offered a job with GM. Ralph’s 37 year tenure here included locations at the West, South and North Plants as a Pipefitter and Group Leader before he retired in 2001. Ralph faithfully went to work, most days riding his bike, and Carol estimates that she had made over 10,000 lunches packed in his lunch pail.
He was a devoted husband to Carol, whom married in 1964 at King Street United Church. Ralph and Carol would have celebrated their 55th Wedding Anniversary this September 12th. Together they raised two wonderful daughters, Kim and Heather. His also had two grandchildren, Mitchel and Meghan, who were very special to him and a source of pride and great joy.
As a family they would ultimately travel coast to coast across Canada with all the adventures that come with a tent trailer and campfires. As a couple Ralph and Carol traveled together to Florida, London, England, Scotland, and into the United States to Nashville Tennessee, Las Vegas, Nevada, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and to California to visit Kim, myself and our children on five separate times.
Ralph would often take his young daughters on little afternoon adventures usually ending up at the Oshawa CN train station. He’d walk the platform holding their hands, watching for the lights to turn color and building up the excitement for that first glimpse of the engine light coming around the corner. Through the years train books, and online you tube videos would continue to captivate his interest. One of the most recent moments he shared with my wife was a dream he had; he went on to say that while he was sleeping; he built a miniature railroad, start to finish, complete with engineered blueprints. With a great sense of pride and accomplishment and a smile on his face he said to her, “Wow, it was really something, I wish you could have seen it”
Although the location may have changed, the tradition continued with his grandson. As a child Mitchel was fascinated by fire trucks (something they had in common as Ralph was a volunteer fireman at GM) and many of their adventures together included visits to local fire stations. Grandpa even wired up a “real” red flashing light for the top of his custom built fire truck bed.
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VE3CRK - just one of 68,000 licensed operators in Canada, this would be the signature that would identify Ralph for 59 years. Honored as a lifetime member of North Short Amateur Radio Club Ralph was most passionate about this hobby. He found a unique way to connect people through communication as he volunteered with various annual events and organizations such as the Canadian Cancer Society-Run for the Cure, CNE Warriors Day Parade, Fiesta Day Parades, Nonquon Canoe Races and Bicycle races through the Ganaraska Forest. He held positions as Club President, Chairman of the Club’s repeater site, and you could always count him in for the ride to a good Hamfest!
“Ralph was a special member of the North Shore Amature Radio Club. He was a friend to all, a mentor to many, and always had wise ideas and suggestions. Ralph will be greatly missed but will live on in our hearts” Condolence to family from NSARC
The men (and women) in the club were more than just friends to Ralph, they became his extended family, he loved them as brothers.
Ralph will be remembered by those who knew and loved him for his love for his family, his extensive collection of tools (and all things that may come in handy someday), shoveling the most awesome piles of snow to play in, the yearly expanding and “award winning” Christmas Light Displays on their home, his love of a really good hamburger, and fall off the bone spare rib dinner, how he could fix just about anything, troubleshoot mechanical & technical issues with cars, his love of military history and historical museums, and his signature plaid shirts. When the weather was good you could rest assured he’d be out sitting on the front porch, enjoying the sun and fresh air, with a newspaper or his iPad. He was always ready to chat with friends and neighbors that would stop by for a visit. We all have our own special memories and moments with Ralph, and the good stories that go with them.
“Well done my good and faithful servant.” Well done indeed.
“We were the lucky ones” to have you in our lives.
Now the time has come to sign off…
EDWARD ALLAN HENDERSON (VE4YU) After four years of living life to the fullest in spite of his cancer, Ed Henderson passed away on January 11,2016. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Irene (Hall); his children, Thomas, Sue (Allan), Rick (Thais); and grandchildren, Lauryn and Cyrian. Ed graduated from Ryerson Institute of Technology in 1958 and worked on the Avro Arrow until its cancellation. From then until his retirement in 1997 he worked on the installation, service and maintenance of large scale computers. In retirement he enjoyed summer road trips in Canada and the US, winter months in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and in recent years visiting the family in Gilbert, AZ. He received his amateur radio license at 17 and that became a lifelong hobby. His love of music and his electronic skills led to a 20 year involvement in nostalgia radio as a producer, technician and announcer on CKVN, CJML and CJNU. The family would like to thank the many doctors and nurses at Seven Oaks hospital and St. Boniface palliative care unit. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no formal service. Donations to Nostalgia Broadcasting Cooperative, Box 2282, Station Main, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4A6 or Masonic Foundation of Manitoba Inc., Cancer Care Transportation Services, 420
Corydon Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 0N8 would be appreciated. "BYE FOR NOW!"
CFARS National Manager
It is with deep sadness that I pass on the details of the passing of Victor Forde, CIW624/VE3HPD, one of our own, who has been a valued member of CFARS.
Please take a moment of reflection. The time we all have on this earth is short, and the impact one makes on others during that time it is all about. Victor has made such an impact, on his family, friends and the extended family of HAM radio and CFARS. I would like to pass on my sincere condolences to Victor's family in this time of sorrow. 73 and may you rest in peace.
CFARS National Manager
- Fred had been quite active within the CFARS both
- overseas and from his Trenton location but health became
- an issue a couple of years ago and he had slackened off.
It is with deep sadness that I pass on the details of the passing of Paul Gilmore, CIW679/VA3PRG, one of our own, who has been a member of CFARS for the past 15 years.
Please take a moment of reflection. The time we all have on this earth is short, and the impact one makes on others during that time it is all about. Paul has made such an impact, on his family, friends and the extended family of HAM radio and CFARS. I would like to pass on my sincere condolences to Paul’s family in this time of sorrow. 73s and may you rest in peace.
CFARS National Manager