You are always remembered.
Aloha Judge-Teresa and I shared a very quiet day yesterday remembering you and all you meant to us both. It's been a year now since you went on ahead to scout the terrain, and there are no words for how much we still miss you and treasure the wonderful example you made for all. God Bless You, and we still send our prayers with you daily. Hugh and Teresa
Mom and the kids miss you so much. You were the rock and we will never let a day go by without thinking of you. May you go in peace and may we let you go to you special place in heaven with all the others in the family and all your old friends. I will try my best to let you go there without clinging on. Love you Dad !
Dad, it will be a year since I last spoke with you. I miss you and I love you. Obviously, I don't have the words to thank you for all the wisdom and love you passed along to me and all of us kids. You impacted not only your children (me and Ralph, Raquel, Teresa, Angela, and Baby, but also the lives of all my friends along the way. I hope you are looking down on us and smiling "go get them!" you always told me. I remember so much that you taught me, even though it did not appear you were trying to "give me a lesson". So here I am, carrying your flag and hoping I can live up to your legacy with my kids. A tough order, but I don't think you doubt me for a moment.
I want to apologize for any mean things I ever said to you although it is a little late. I was just a kid and did not appreciate what you and mom were doing for me. Now I do. I love you and please forgive me.
Your Son, Dan
Nearly a year now Grandpa...It still hurts..I still cry..a lot. God I miss you so so much.we are visiting everyone in AZ next week. I'm scared to go...I don't want to cry in from of my boys the whole time. how strange it will feel without you there. I wish it would stop hurting so much. I wish I could hug you again.you have the best warm hugs ever, I think I got that from you. I wish you could come back and when I got there next week, that you are there, in your seat..with that smile ..that smile I love so much. you know I'm going to look..I'll probably stare..hoping you are really there and I can trip over your cane trying to give you a hug again.
I won one yesterday and wanted to tell you the details of the trial. It was something and know it would have put a smile on your face. I kept on thinking how great it would be to talk to you. But I cannot. I can imagine what you would say. Or are you really letting me know in my mind. I sure miss you !
Our prayers are with you and your family
I will miss Ralph. Truly a man amongst men. He raised a hell of a family that I know he was very proud of. I hadnt seen him in close to 30 years...but can't forget his warm and friendly welcomes to the cave creek house for Dan and his college buddies...of course the next morning, no matter what time you got in the night before, Elba and Ralph had chores for the boys to do. Dan is a lucky man to have had such great examples of humanity to learn from....
Today, I woke up again thinking of my dad. I wrote on facebook accidentally. I was lamenting how different it is to walk in this world without dad. I remember was I was shot in the leg down at the creek, my dad came to get me. Again, when I broke my other leg racing, he picked me up from the hospital. Always, he encourage me to shake it off and "Go get em". I miss that. Whether it was face to face, or on the other end of the phone line, he was there for me and for all of us. Now I ask the Lord for the opportunity to talk to him again. I think I heard him this morning in my slumber as I pray to God for faith.
Love you Dad...Will miss your phone call on my Birthday with your rendition of "Los Mananitas" on the harmonica.
(Estas son las mañanitas, que cantaba el Rey David,
Hoy por ser día de tu santo, te las cantamos a ti,
Despierta, mi bien*, despierta, mira que ya amaneció,
Ya los pajarillos cantan, la luna ya se metió.
Que linda está la mañana en que vengo a saludarte,
Venimos todos con gusto y placer a felicitarte,
Ya viene amaneciendo, ya la luz del día nos dio,
Levántate de mañana, mira que ya amaneció.)
We say hi to you everyday and really miss you.
Ralph & Patty
I never met Ralph. However, I felt like I knew him a little through my father Rafael who was Elba's cousin. He was an accomplished, decent and loving man who will be missed. My thought are with the family.
I came to know the Smith family by them opening their home to me as a friend of Ralph's son Dan. I will always cherish the wonderful memories. I recall going to the Judge for guidence on an issue regarding the ranch. Dan and I left the convesation not sure of the answer we had just been given. Dan's Dad gave the answer in a series of questions. Always "The Judge". We loved you. Wade & Lisa Hughes Anchorage
Ralph, you always showed a kind smile. You shared a gentle heart. You taught the meaning of love and life by sharing your own. You judged not, and accepted without terms. Today I cry for you... because I will miss my friend. Today I rejoice for you... because you get to take the journey we so often discussed.
It was an honor to know Mr. Smith and I have fond memories of sending time with the family over the years. Respectfully
Aloha Dad Smith
How to bid farewell with love
As Dad ascends to God above
To bypass thoughts of loss and fear
Knowing as our Dad drew near
God's called him home, his legacy
A strong and vibrant family
None truly die whose memory
Is carried forth by family
In word and deed, example followed
Tis really how each grave is hallowed
Ralph G Smith, high standards set
Awaits to see how each is met
By all of us, for whom he cared
For whom he worked and loved and shared
So now for all, tomorrow calls
How will we answer?
Aloha Dad Ralph-
You became my second Dad on August 21, 1993, when you blessed me in marriage to your daughter Teresa. Although our personal encounters were far too few, and all too brief, I quickly grew to love and respect you for your love, wit,wisdom, kindness, patience, intelligence, guidance, compassion, intelligence, encyclopedic knowledge, and your commitment to both your family and your community, whom you served so faithfully and well for so many years. My favorite photo of us is with your grandson Dan and great-granddaughter Megan on Whidbey Island, and my favorite memory of you is the time we spent refinishing the kitchen cabinets at our Maui home. I regret I cannot attend your final services, but I shall cast leis on the ocean for you on that day.
With All My Love and Respect
Your Son-in-Law Hugh
Ralph touched too many hearts to ever be forgotten. He will be in our heart forever. We feel the pain of loss again because he was part of our Vera's family (in Puerto Rico) his second home in were we had special memories. Te queremos Ralph!!!
Querida prima Elba nos unimos a tu pena por la perdida de Ralph quien en vida fue un gran amigo de nuestro padre
Dear Cousins Elba, Raquel and family, our prayers are with you. It was Ralph who brought us together.
Somos familia y Ralph siempre tendrá un lugar en nuestros corazones.
Yvonne, Titito, y Andy
From The Dailey Family, Forest, Barbara, Ted, Bruce and Nancy , God Bless and our prayers are with your Family in this time of sorrow.
You touched so many lives and loved by all, there are few people that will be as great a you were.
I began practicing law 35 years ago in Phoenix Municipal Court,and often appeared before Judge Smith. He was a fine jurist, even tempered,and always willing to give "pointers" to a young inexperienced attorney.Later, I became a judge and to this day wish that I could possess the temperment diplayed by Judge Smith.
I am certain that during his suffering he was greatly comforted by being surrounded by his family. Thank you Ralph for your fine example.
To the family of Judge Smith. I had the pleasure of working with Judge Smith for 15 years. I was truly blessed to work with such a fine honest gentleman. We shared lots of different cases in court and every once in a while he would ask me what I thought of his ruling. He was always fair and even if the person was guilty would give a fair sentence. God bless the Smith family and my thoughts and prayers go out to you.
Your Granddaughter and Great Grandsons miss you so much Grandpa..I Love you.
Prayers are being sent from for your whole family to yours. God Bless you all, Mark & Yvette Rauguth and family
To the family of Judge Ralph Smith. Kindness is that language seen by the blind and heard by the deaf. Your father's kindness was felt by all. My condolences.
I Miss You Grandpa...It's not fair that your gone..someone Loved so much by so many such never go away. <3
To the family of Judge Smith, We would like to offer you our condolences. For the Court staff who were fortunate enough to work with him at Phx Municipal Court over many years, we loved Judge Smith for his sense of humor,intelligence,fairness and his kindness. We will always remember him driving in daily from Cave Creek, on rainy days not being able to return home and even overcoming being stung by a scorpion and not being phased by it at all, he said he had been stung so many times. Not to mention his stories from Costa Rica. Way too many wonderful memories and much laughter. Thank you Judge Smith, God Bless You.
Please list my name to this guest book. Ralph and I had a close relationship for the last 25 years and he shall continue to live in my memory.
My Family and I have know Mr Smith for atleast 40 yrs .....and would like to say that he has alway been there for all of us in is kind understated manner....I am really saddened by this loss of a very kind gentle soul...Rest in Peace Mr Smith...Thank You for all your kindness, we love you...
The Smith family invites all who knew our dad to leave a message about him. We also hope you can celebrate his wonderous life with us at the mass and reception. God bless us all !
Sending my condolences to Elba and her wonderful family.