June 15, 2021
Passed away on June 15, 2021 at Mission Hospice after succumbing to liver cancer.
Survived by his wife of 65 years, Myrt, children Bill (Sara), Rhonda, and Jodi (Darrin), 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren, brothers George (Penny), Lorne, and sister-in-law Evelyn.
Predeceased by parents Anna and Hjalmar and son-in-law Sherwood Sexsmith.
Born in Camrose Alberta, Ralph moved with his family to Chilliwack in 1943. Ralph and Myrt moved to many cities while he was employed for 20 years with BC Hydro. They returned to Chilliwack in 1974 and after a year he left Hydro. Always wanting to be his own boss, he moved forward with his development business in the Fraser Valley.
In 1983 he built Trans-Canada Waterslides in Bridal Falls, the first water park in the Lower Mainland.
When his parents were looking for accommodations in a seniors’ home Ralph saw the need for independent living residences. His first building was the Birchwood Retirement Home in Chilliwack. He continued with 3 more seniors homes in the Okanagan. The fifth and final home he built was the Lynnwood in Chilliwack.
Cultus Lake was his favourite place to relax.You could always find him on his lounge chair at the cabin enjoying a good book or down at the beach with his grandchildren.
His interests included history and geography which resulted in many trips around the world. After many years of traveling, Maui became their destination of choice.
Ralph loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his children and their families which created many happy memories for everyone. He had a good life, was much loved and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Special thanks and appreciation to the staff of the Christine Morrison Hospice in the Mission Memorial Hospital for all their attention and compassionate care of Ralph during his 11 day stay. At his request, no service will be held.Obituary
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