Life is fleeting, and oh too tragic when Ralf, such a giving father, husband, amazing grandfather, and friend departed ---- dying all too suddenly and all too soon on a bicycle trip in a place I know as my home, British Columbia. Religiously, Ralph lived and breathed by his convictions with respect to supporting his family, staying fit, and upholding the Canadian law. Ralf I met you at university, and though you may have majored in Kinesiology, I know you as having a Masters' in creating and retelling lighthearted witty yarns, long before your sojourn to Law School. Those of us in your presence were kept thinking constantly on their feet, as you twisted those tall tales, or as you left us hanging on tender hooks for the alluring punchline.' Your University of Waterloo friends in Kin, of which I am one of many, will remember you fondly. Your joviality and jousting with words - Ralph - will remain as part of your legacy . Presently, I am reminded of how you brightened our days and raised our spirits whenever you walked or road into our presence. May my heartfelt condolences and prayers reach your best friend (your beautiful wife Val), your children, your siblings, your brother-in-law Warren, as well as your nieces and nephews; all have fond memories of a remarkable man who lit up their birthday parties, family gatherings, and weddings. Ralph --- I wish you God's speed on your ride through the pearly gates into heaven, where I am sure you will warm your kindred spirits with your brilliant wit.