Ralf Jarchow
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Tragically passed away while completing the last day of his bike ride for charity on Thursday, September 24, 2015. Survived by Valerie, his best friend and beloved wife of 35 years. Proud and loving father of Robyn (Terry) Miller, Megan, Christian and Jennifer (predeceased). Devoted grandfather to Lauryn. Dear son to Erika and Gus (predeceased) Jarchow. Ralf will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by many family, friends and colleagues. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Bramalea Baptist Church, 9050 Dixie Road, Brampton, on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers please visit http://oslerfoundation.akaraisin.com/fundraising/ralf or call 905-494-6890 to make your contribution. For an online condolence please visit


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Published in Toronto Star on Sep. 29, 2015.
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October 27, 2015
I am shocked having just learned of Ralf's passing. Ralf was a rock for me during a very uncertain time in my life. He was unwavering in his support and my sorrow is beyond words, not only for his family but for the many people he had yet to help like he helped me. I had hoped to never need his expertise again but I pointed many people to his office door knowing the professional welcome they would receive. The world has truly lost a great person.
Jennifer Barwell
October 26, 2015
I could not have found a better lawyer to help and guide me through a difficult time in my life. I shead a tear when I heard of your passing. Thank you rest in peace
Dan Rocca
October 19, 2015
I only read this morning of the tragic passing of Ralf. Although I did not know him personally, on a professional basis, in my dealings with him as the opposite counsel, I always saw him as completely fair and completely sensible and a man of great and deep integrity. Our profession is diminished by this loss.
Brian Mikulinski
Brian Mikulinski
October 6, 2015
Dear Val and Kids
I just found out about this tragic accident tonight, October 5/15. Love and prayers for all of you. He was just a wonderful Man. Thinking of all of you! Dorothy McMahon Kern, and Tony Kern
Dorothy Kern
October 4, 2015
So sorry for the loss of a good friend and man. Will be thought of fondly and often. He did so much for us. Condolences to his family and his PDC family.
Raymond Rydell
October 2, 2015
Absolutely gutted .... Ralf was a rare human being ... he cared passionately , was the ultimate professional and served his community at level that was unmatched. I will miss seeing him around town but more importantly his genuine warm demeanour and the trust and affection which were his most enduring characteristics, may he rest in peace... he now belongs to the ages ..
Michael Herman
October 2, 2015
I have worked with Ralph several years ago and just this week had the same case come back and was looking forward to working with him again. He was a great person and a great lawyer his presence will be missed.
Kim Larsen
October 2, 2015
I am so saddened at the loss of this wonderful man, my heart breaks for Ralf's family. He had always shown me such kindness and compassion. Your light will truly be missed in this world.
Kelli Aprile
October 1, 2015
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Susan lewis
October 1, 2015
We first met Ralf and Valerie when our daughter, Jennifer, played baseball at the age of seven. Robin and Jennifer danced together for many years. We also knew Ralf professionally and referred all requests for family law to him. I was so impressed with Ralf's gentle and caring personality and I really felt a bond with Valerie as we had both been nurses in our life before kids. While we have lost touch over the years, our paths have crossed occasionally. This accident is such a tragedy and has left a hole in many hearts. Our thoughts and love go to Valerie, her beautiful children and all the staff at Prouse Dash and Crouch. It is a devastating loss. He was a very, very fine man. Regards. Lynne and Michael Woods
October 1, 2015
Deepest sympathies to the Jarchow and PDC family. Ralph you will be deeply missed.
October 1, 2015
Our hearts broke as we learned of Ralf's tragic death. What a wonderful and loving man our Lord has received as HIS newest angel in heaven. Our condolences to Val, Robyn, Christian,and Megan, we will keep you in our prayers.
Chris and Vonny Miller
October 1, 2015
Our prayers and condolences go out to his family and friends. There are no words to describe the sense of loss we feel. I will always remember Ralf for the life and joy he brought into every room he entered. He was an amazing friend.
Michael Campeau
October 1, 2015
I was saddened to learn of Ralf's tragic death - My sympathies to Val and family and to the PDC family - may memories that you have keep him near always.
Valerie Cain
October 1, 2015
I was saddened to learn of Ralf's sudden passing. My condolences to his family during this difficult time. RIP Ralf
Jenn Anderson
September 30, 2015
Many years ago we older Rugby players of the Wanderers Rugby remember Ralf as one of the first Canadian born rugby players in our club. Ralf was an excellent addition, in showing maturity for his age at the time both in his playing ability as well as a fine representative of Rugby players both on and off the field, he was committed player becoming 1st team captain of the Wanderers as well if my memory serve me right, Ralf also played for Ontario. I remember Ralf fondly and wish to express my sincere condolences to his wife Valerie and family, Ralf although it has been quite sometime, I wish well on your journey to that place in the sky where some fellow Rugby players will be waiting for you to join their team.
John Taylor
September 30, 2015
Condolences to the family
This amazing man will be missed by everyone especially his family.
Bonnie MacKay
September 30, 2015
My heart goes out to Val and her family in this most tragic loss of one of the very best people I have ever known. Ralf was an exemplary person, father , and husband. Ralf passed doing somehting he loved. While I have not seen you in a few years -the contagious energy and zest for life that you both shared I have never forgotten. Love and prayers, MaryKay Adams, Burlington, Ontario
September 30, 2015
I am so very sad to hear of the sudden and tragic loss of Ralf - he was a good man. My prayers for God's strength go out with love to his family and to the PDC team at this very difficult time.
Sherry Gray
September 30, 2015
An absolute horrible and sad tragic loss of such a great person. Ralf certainly knew how to leave a lasting impression of himself. My deepest condolences go out to his family.
Athena Piskopos
September 30, 2015
Our deepest sympathy to Val and family. Ralf will be greatly missed.
Mark & Lisa (Caughlin) Cranston
September 30, 2015
My heart was deeply saddened to hear the news of Ralf's tragic passing. Ralf was such a kind man with a big heart helping others. I will never forget your kindness. My deepest condolences to the Jarchow family and the PDC team. May God give you the strength in the days ahead.
September 30, 2015
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.
Sam Biggs
September 29, 2015
Megan (& Andy) our thoughts and prayers are with you. You are both a testament to his love and leadership.
MaryKay Joe Mitch Adam Melnyk
September 29, 2015
Ralf: Thank you for guiding us through our journey with the legal system. You will be greatly missed. Our deepest condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Roxanne & Francesco
September 29, 2015
My deepest condolences to Ralf's family, friends and colleagues. I met Ralf while working at the same downtown Toronto law firm over 25 years ago and was shocked and saddened of hearing of his passing.
Michele Walker
September 29, 2015
My heart was deeply saddened to hear of Ralf's tragic passing. He was a kind man, with a huge heart helping others. Your kindness will never be forgotten. My sincere condolences to the Jarchow family and the PDC team. May God give you strength in the days ahead.
Karman MacIntosh
September 29, 2015
Our hearts go out to the family at this painful time.
Frank Prince
September 29, 2015
My deepest condolences to the Jarchow family. Words cannot express enough comfort in a time like this. Hoping you can take comfort in the many people around you that care so much about your family. xo
Katie McClelland
September 29, 2015
Ralf..everyone comes into our lives for a reason..and I'll truly remember yours. You cared deeply and I will always cherish our talks. Rest in Peace. Honoured to have shared a path in the road with you.
Jenny I
September 29, 2015
Missed immensely, thought of often and fondly. Thank you for all you did for me.
September 29, 2015
I was blessed to have been guided by Ralf during my Articles of Clerkship at PDC. He was a genuine, caring and kind human being. My sincere condolences to his immediate family and the entire PDC team. I grieve with you. May God help us to heal.
Vanassa Richards-Thompson
September 29, 2015
Saddened to learn of Ralf's tragic death. He will be sadly missed by the legal community in particular. My thoughts are with the family.
Juliet Baldock (Justice, retired)
September 29, 2015
Ralf was a great man who will be truly missed by all.
Stephen Camilleri
September 29, 2015
I will miss you my good friend.
Thank you for letting me part of your life.
Claudio Piron
September 29, 2015
In these moments of great ordeal, words are useless God rest his soul in peace and the angels to always be there with you!
Peter & Blanca Rodgers
September 29, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the Jarchow family. My deepest condolences.
Kim Raymond
September 29, 2015
Life is not fair. But, we all shared his friendship and love for many years. Laugh and he is laughing with you, cry and his memory will comfort you. Remember and he is always with you. We love you Ralf.
james stone
September 29, 2015
Sonya Jarchow
September 29, 2015
Our deepest sympathy to the Jarchow family. My husband and I just recently meet Ralf and first impressions he was a remarkable man.
Barbara & Edward McNeice
September 29, 2015
He was a wonderful man with a big heart.
Laura Caldwell
September 29, 2015
I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Remembering your family in prayer.
Alan Kwok
September 29, 2015
May all of your wonderful memories keep Ralf in your heart. His impact will be in your life forever.
Heather Deslippe
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