Rolf KALHEIM


KALHEIM, Rolf (Ralph)
June 26, 1926 – December 20, 2012
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Ralph Kalheim at the age of 86. Born in Kopervik, Norway, son of Kristian and Borghild Kalheim, Ralph came to Canada in 1927, settling in Wilke, Saskatchewan. He later moved to Scott, Saskatchewan where he enjoyed working the land as a farmer and rancher. He moved to New Westminster, BC in 1959, where he met his wife, Ingrid Gruger. For many years Ralph was well known in the community as the proprietor of Lucky Strike Bowling Lanes in New Westminster, and he made many lifelong friends at the Lanes. He continued his love of bowling in his retirement years. When he retired from business life he spent many happy days at his cabin on Mayne Island. Always one to keep busy, Ralph was never idle while enjoying Island life. He built a dock from which he could enjoy fishing in Active Pass and later added a wood-working shop from which he produced furniture, beautiful bowls and intricate wood carvings which many appreciative family and friends were the recipients. When he wasn't working he spent time gardening, playing cards and enjoying the company of his friends and neighbours. Having played baseball at a competitive level in his younger years, Ralph's passion for sports was well known, never missing a local hockey or football game and having season's tickets for both for most of his life. Ralph is predeceased by his wife Ingrid (Gruger), brother Ben, sister Helen (Tinling) and companion of twenty years, Lorna Staples. He will be missed by daughters Cindy, Debra (Alex Parry), son Timothy (Valerie) and his grandsons Kristian Parry, Quinlan and Colin Kalheim. Details of a memorial service will be forthcoming.

Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Dec. 31, 2012 to Jan. 5, 2013