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NATTRASS, Ralph William
May 26, 1925 – April 30, 2014
Ralph passed away at the Grey Nuns Hospital surrounded by loving family and friends; his Texan friend came up to pray with him.
He played defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks from 1946 – 1950, had incredible energy for living and working. Ralph owned, operated and sold many types of businesses - his work ethic and business acumen unparalleled. He was very generous and devoted to helping his family and friends, assisting young people achieve their educational goals. Ralph was an avid hockey and sports fan throughout his life - especially when the Hawks were playing. He loved animals and opened his home to many dogs in need of rescue.
Ralph is survived by his children: Suzanne and John; sister: June Hill; half-brothers and sister, Ray, Delbert and Cheryl; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brothers: Earl, Sheldon and Gordon.
A Memorial Service will be held at Rutherford Heights Retirement Residence, 949 Rutherford Road S.W., Edmonton at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 15, 2014.
The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to the amazing staff at Rutherford Heights Retirement Residence and the Grey Nuns Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to YESS (Youth Empowerment & Support Services), 9310 - 82 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T6C 0Z6.
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Published in Edmonton Journal on May 10, 2014.
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May 23, 2014
Through his friendship with my dad, Ralph became very close to my family. So close that he was known by me as "Uncle" Ralph! He was so caring and generous. I am grateful to have been given the chance to know him. My deepest sympathies go out to all who knew him, friends and family alike. I'll miss you Uncle Ralph!
Maegan Woody
May 16, 2014
Ralph will always have a special place in my heart. He was a kind and generous man and I always enjoyed listening to his stories and hearing him laugh. He was honest, hardworking and genuinely down to earth. He was our business partner for several years, but more importantly a true friend. Love and miss you Ralph!
May 12, 2014
I knew Ralph from the mid-1970's; first as a customer, then as a competitor, then as a business associate and became friends, later becoming business partners 1991-1998. Ralph was a man of his word. Few people are better friends at the end of a partnership than before, but Ralph & I were. Ralph was the best partner anybody could have, and like a second father to me. He is missed. Thanks for sharing him with me and my family--
Frank Woody, TEXAS
May 11, 2014
Sending my heartfelt sympathy to Auntie June and family. Rest in peace Uncle Ralph.
Leah Nattrass
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