E. Ralph Currie
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1919 - 2013
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Ralph on September 7, 2013. He leaves to mourn his sons Wayne of Quesnel, B.C. Neil of Saskatoon and his daughter Leah (Fran Eldridge) of Saskatoon; his grandchildren Margaret Petersen (Conrad) of Quesnel, B.C. Tara Rocque (Jay) of Edmonton, Paul Currie (Gayle) of Saskatoon and Michael Currie of Winnipeg; his great-grandchildren Tyler, Chelsea and Caleb Petersen of B.C. Ewan and Gavin Rocque of Edmonton, Sabrina, Madelynn and Parker Currie of Saskatoon and great-great-grandchild Maddox Petersen from Quesnel, B.C. Ralph will be sadly missed by his sister Edna Halliwell from Ottawa and brother Neil (Margaret) Currie from Toronto and his life long friend Reg Harrison. Ralph will also be sadly missed by several nieces and nephews. Ralph was predeceased by his beloved wife Margie, his brother Roy and his daughter-in-law Laura Currie. Ralph was born in a small farm house near Mervin, SK. to Laurence and Hilda Currie on July 22,1919. The family moved to Turtleford, SK. in 1924 and after finishing Grade 12 education, Ralph worked in a general store. Ralph tried to enlist in the air force in June, 1940 and later in the army but was rejected because of poor eyesight. Ralph moved to Ottawa in January, 1941 and spent 3 years in the Department of Munitions and Supply. He met his future wife Margie Dampier there and they were married in Saskatoon in November, 1944, a year after he transferred to the National Revenue Department in Saskatoon. After 36 years of service in the Federal Government Ralph retired in 1976. After retirement he prepared Income Tax Returns for 2 years including 1 year for Canada Trust. He also worked for the Federal Business Development Bank and Statistics Canada on a part time basis for several years. In Ralph's younger years he played hockey and baseball in Turtleford, took piano lessons for 5 years and played the trumpet in the Turtleford Brass Band until World War II put a stop to his activities. Ralph and his wife Margie enjoyed traveling and visited over 60 countries in the world including all the continents except Antarctica. Several of these countries included Ports of Call while cruising in their dozen cruises which Margie enjoyed so much. Their longest cruise was a segment of a world cruise beginning in Mumbi, India and finishing in Rome, Italy. Ralph joined Third Avenue United Church on Palm Sunday 1944 and served over 42 years as an elder and member of the Official Board. He was a life member of the Saskatoon Camera Club and an honorary life member of the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club which he joined in 1949. Ralph helped with the family herb farm during its 15 years of existence right up to the time of his death. Ralph had a zest for life as exhibited by his keen activities in hockey, baseball, camera club, golfing, gardening and travel. He immersed himself in all the opportunities that life had to offer and looked forward with anticipation to each day of his life. There will be a Memorial Service on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at Third Avenue United Church officiated by Rev. Donna Wilson. Arrangements are entrusted to Saskatoon Funeral Home. Ph 306-244-5577
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Sept. 9 to Sept. 10, 2013