Thank You, For Everything. I Miss You
I met Ralph when I worked in his father's
church in the Haight-Asbury area of San Francisco. I'm a minister now in the United Church of Christ in La Canada in Southern Calif., just west of Pasadena.
Jacqui and Drew, for some strange reason I started thinking of Ralph this week and I Googled him, only to find out that he has died. I am so, so sorry. The Rev. Skip Lindeman, La Canada Congregational Church. Phone # is (818) 790-1185.
We knew you both at Pacific and Sacramento - in both places you kept a sense of humor and proportion. - a rare gift in both settings. Rest in Peace.
Over the years we have shared lots of good times but the past few years the road has been bumpy.I can only say, after all our talks and discussions, you are finally at peace.
Christo, Nancy and Lynn have kept me up to date.
You are one of a kind and I will miss you dearly. I will especially miss your table at Frank Fats.............Your Friend John Wever
Ralph, you were bigger than life back when you were you were affectionately known as the Big Pup by all your friends in Majority/Minority Consultants. Ahhh, those were the days old friend, yes, we thought they'd never end. The head splitting thrill of elections, the poker games with buddies, the just outrageously great writing!
You had it all, for awhile Big Pup, and then it was gone. You missed it so much, and we missed you, and now we miss you forever.
Bear (Dick Colby), Gu-Nash (Frank DeLong), Char Mathias
Mr. J, i was very sorry to hear of your passing. I will miss your charming sense of humor and keen eye for detail. Thanks for giving the world two great fellows in peter and christopher, i know how much they loved you and my heart goes out to them. I take solace that you have moved on to brighter pastures. Rest peacfully
I met Ralph back when I was in college and his son Peter Juvinall was the smartest guy at UC Berkeley by far. After an evening with Peter, maybe just a chat over coffee, I would often walk back to architecture studio scratching my head in wonder, thinking about where such a boy with a mind and manner so far advanced for his age could have come from. I chalked it up to Peter's Jesuit school education. One day, I think it was my senior year in school, around 1998, Peter and I went up to Sacramento and I had the pleasure of meeting Ralph Juvinall in a bar. Again right before me, another one of the sharpest people I had ever met was sitting across from me and it was Peter's father. Filled with wit and language, for me it was a very special moment. I never forgot the encounter, and the discussion I had with Peter and his father. I hope Peter and his younger brother Chris are well and of course I know and all know who have met Ralph and his sons, that they are the offspring of a great man.
I knew Ralph in the 70's - made me smile to see this face again - he lit up a room -I felt sad that later he had gone thru rough times. I hope he found peace - and I hope he knew how he always lightened up the day of those around him.
I met Ralph a few years ago while he was paying his son, Peter, an unexpected visit. Peter was eager to introduce me to his dad and I was asked to join them for lunch. To my delight and surprise, I found Ralph and I had something to share besides pleasantries. Over the course of a few hours, we covered Southern literature (he was a Carson McCullers guy), The Elements of Style and Bay Area hofbraus. Although sometimes hard to follow, his conversation was bright and playful -- full of clever non sequiturs and innuendos that made me laugh months after our meeting. Whenever Peter and I talked afterward, we would invariably quote Ralph at some point in our conversation.
I only saw Ralph once more (again for lunch) and it was much of the same. He wasn't quite as lucid, but still ebullient and full of humor.
Despite the rarity of our encounters, I felt like I was with an old friend when I was with Ralph. I was, and am, in awe of his unique intellect and brand of humor. I know I'm not the only one. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
I had the pleasure of meeting Ralph about a year ago when I went to visit him with my friend Peter Juvinall. We talked about baseball and women, my two favorite pastimes. He made me laugh, much like his son Peter does and it was clear to me where he got his wonderful sense of humor from.
I am saddened that I will not get to the chance to spend more time with him. He was a colorful soul and will be missed by many of us whose lives he touched. God bless you, Ralph.
I am deeply sadden to learn of Ralph's passing.
His friend Tony
"To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; T leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thank you, Ralph! Mary
I was just thinking about my asking you to tell Vic that you crashed his car at all Cal Weekend in Santa Barbera instead of me. We did some crazy things that seemed to make no sense but we did them anyway. I know you are at peace. Jeff Friestedt
Ralph, you will always stay in my heart and mind with a great big smile. You have touched many of us In a positive way and will not be forgotten. I will not forget how proud you were of your sons. Rest in peace, dear friend.