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WEGENER, Ralph Edward

October 25, 1945 – Linden, AB
November 27, 2013 – Balzac, AB

Ralph Wegener passed away suddenly in Balzac on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at the age of 68 years.

Ralph is survived by his daughter Colleen Hay (Rick) and son Mark Wegener (Tracy), and his grandchildren Cody and Kendra. He is also survived by his two sisters, Jeanette Seabourne (John), and Deloros MacDonald (Al), as well as many nieces and nephews. Ralph will also be lovingly remembered by many extended family members and friends. Ralph was predeceased by his wife, Sheila.

Ralph was both an accomplished farmer as well as a successful businessman in his years of business as Founder of Ralph’s Motorsports. He will be respectfully remembered by the staff at Ralph’s Motorsports for being that guy that could answer any question about a snowmobile that was model years older than the age of the staff asking him the question. He was a hard worker and took great pride in what he accomplished. Ralph was well known for his sense of humor and joking nature. In a circle of laughter, Ralph was often at the center of it telling an unbelievable, yet true, story of something he did or something that happened to him. He could have written a book!!

Ralph was a family man and loved his children and grandchildren with all his heart. Especially warm to his heart were his grandchildren Cody and Kendra who he was immensely proud of and who brought him continuous smiles.

A Celebration of Ralph’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:30am. Please join our family in celebrating Ralph’s life. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, please make donations directly to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of Canada, 3100, 246 Stewart Green S.W., Calgary AB T3H 3C8 Telephone: (1-888) 884-2232.

In living memory of Ralph Wegener, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Stacy Schaber :

    I’m sorry for your loss.. I purchased a few sleds from Mark and met his father a few times… Great Guy… Thoughts & Prayers.

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  2. Susan and Gary Hutchison :

    Colleen, Mark, Deloros,Jenette and family our heartfelt sympathy with you at this sad time. We all have such wonderful memories of Ralph as we grew up and became friends as adults. He was loved by all his many cousins who loved him unconditionally. He will be missed. Rest in peace dear friend.

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  3. So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Do you think they needed a snowmobile expert in heaven? Sending you light & love through this difficult time.
    pat topal

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  4. Shelly & Brian Markiwsky :

    We are so saddened by the loss of dear Ralph. We will forever remember our visits with him as there was always a story to tell that would have us laughing our heads off. It’s hard to believe he’s gone. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Colleen, Mark and their families at this very difficult time.

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  5. Merv & Shirley Hempel :

    Our sincere & deepest sympathy to the family. Our prayers & thoughts are with you.

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  6. Dear Colleen, Rick, Cody, Mark, Tracy and Kendra,

    Words can’t express the great loss we are all feeling right now, but the memories of your Dad and ‘Papa’ will be with us forever.
    I was fortunate enough to have gotten to know him all over again in the past year or so after 40 some years of friendship with him, your
    Mom and Maurice. What joy he brought to everyone! His kindness, generosity, humor and patience in spite of the pain he endured were a true inspiration. He gave of himself to everyone he knew and some he didn’t!
    He spoke often of Cody and Kendra – we shared so many stories about them – too many to mention.
    My sincere sympathies to you as well as to your extended family.
    (I will miss you dearly Ralph – Rest in Peace!)

    Lucy

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  7. Darcy and Karen Ternes :

    Colleen,Mark and Family
    We were deeply saddened to hear about your Dad. Our hearts are heavy with you, and you have all been in our thoughts and prayers and will continue to be as you go through this journey. Ralph was a rare and special person with a huge heart and was so proud of all of you. Our family enjoyed every visit with him and always loved listening to his stories. We will forever remember and cherish the great memories we have of Ralph and he will hold a special place in our hearts.
    God Bless!
    Love Darcy, Karen, Amy & Jenna Ternes

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  8. Heather & Doug Verbeek :

    We can’t believe he is gone! Our condolences to you Mark and Colleen. We won’t be home from vacation in time for the funeral, but we are thinking of you all and will have a moment and a drink in Ralph’s honour.

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  9. I’m so sorry for your loss. He will be missed.

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  10. Jason - Doug - Patrick :

    Our sincere condolences from the Blackfoot Motosports ownership on your sudden loss. Ralph was always a fair competitor in the power-sports business and we have the utmost respect for him. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.

    Jason, Doug and Patrick

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  11. Christine Ross :

    Colleen, Mark and Family,
    Our hearts goes out to you all at this very difficult time. We have had the pleasure of working with Ralph and the team over the years and there was no one more passionate in the industry than Ralph. He will be missed by all who knew him.
    Your firends at the Calgary ATV Riders Association

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  12. Motorcycle Ride For Dad :

    On behalf of the Board of Directors for the Motorcycle Ride for Dad in Calgary, I would like to pass on our condolences to Ralph’s family, friends and co-workers. I am sure he will be greatly missed by all and trust that you find peace during this time of sorrow.
    Steve Adair and Ron Parkinson Co-Chairs MRFD Calgary

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  13. To mark , Colleen an family. Sorry to hear about your dad ! The snowmachine industry in Canada has just lost a good guy. – Wish you folks the best. – When the name arctic cat is said , Ralph’s ,usually is close in mind. Take care in the new year. Mike. Golden bc

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  14. My sincere condolences on the passing of Ralph, I will cherish many fond memories of the times we shared stories or discussions on our passion, the machines. A fine person who by his very nature has enriched my life, thank-you, our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

    Mike Meyer

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  15. Samantha Lam (on behalf of the Lam Family) :

    Colleen and Mark,
    We are very saddened and stunned to learn about the sudden death of your father and would like to express our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Ralph was a wonderful and kind man. We will miss him dearly and will cherish all the happy memories we had with him.
    The Lam Family

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  16. tracy ferris and roger kawohl :

    Mark and colleen roger and I wanted to offer our condolences we both liked and respected your dad very much. You and your family are in our hearts and prayers. Tracy & Roger

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  17. Dan Asher and family :

    I was shocked to receive news of Ralphs bereavement. Please accept our sincerest condolences to all the family, friends and characters who Ralph’s life touched, and there are many including myself.
    His memory and smile will be something I will remember for many years.
    Not sure if there is anything I can do but if there is “please’ let me know.
    Sincerely
    Dan Asher and family

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  18. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time

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  19. Colleen, Mark, and Family

    I’m shocked and saddened to her about your Dad’s passing. I always enjoyed chatting with Ralph when I came in your store. He will be missed.

    Darren McRae

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  20. Mark. Sorry to hear about your dad. even though Brendan and I just met you I can tell that your dad must have been a great man. It was nice to meet a business that there is pride in customer service. You guys are the best at what you do. Didn’t know Ralph but I’m sure he is quite proud of you and your team. Keep up the legacy bud. Ken and Brendan wagner

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  21. john chaychuck :

    You have lost a truly great guy. Always happy to help without any expectation, unselfish and true to his word. His wide range of friends and acquaintances will all be mourning today.

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  22. Dear Family,
    At times when I couldn’t find my husband it was because Ralph had slipped through the trees for a chat in the backyard. Rod will sincerely miss the visits as he always had a lot of “Ralph” stories to retell our family when he came back to the house. Sincere sympathies.

    Cathy, Rod , Robin and Rebecca Schile

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  23. Colleen, Rick, Mark, Tracy and family. From all of our family and staff of our companies Hidden Trails Adventures, Canmore Quad Tours and Banff Quad Tours please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of your amazingly talented and unforgettable Dad. He will forever remain in our thought and hearts!

    Rob and Bonny Lackey, James and Hailey Lackey, Jerry Rohl, Keith Rohl

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  24. Rob and Bonny Lackey :

    Our sincere condolences to your family, Ralph will be missed by many…Rob and Bonny – Hidden Trails Adventures and Training.

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  25. To all at Ralphs especially Mark and Colleen. I’m deeply saddened by your loss and my thoughts are with you in this time of mourning. Ralph was a top notch fella and much enjoyed all his company and many great conversations we shared. He will be missed by all who had a chance to get to know him. Cheers Ralph! Rest in peace my friend.

    Dane Robinson and Family

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  26. The Greenlaw Family :

    Colleen, Mark & Family,

    Very sorry to hear of the passing of Ralph. We will miss having him wave or stop for a chat.

    Randy, April & Adam Greenlaw

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  27. Dear Mark,Colleen,Deloros,Jeanette and families,
    My thoughts are with you today as you say goodbye to Ralph. He was a great guy and we all will miss him especially at our cousin reunions. His stories of life on the farm, in the shop and his grandkids. I hope you are at peace now Ralph.
    One last hug from cousin Liz

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  28. I’m sorry to hear of your dad’s passing he was truly a very nice man

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  29. I was so sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing. My condolences to you all.

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  30. Dawn/Doug Clark :

    Dear Colleen and family,
    Our prayers and thoughts to you during this difficult time. We were so sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing and hope your fond memories of him will forever remain in your hearts.

    The Clark family

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  31. My deepest condolences to Ralph’s family.

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  32. Mark,Coleen and family. Our heartfelt sympathy is with you at this sad time. We have enjoyed your dad’s expertise in selling us many sleds over the course of years. It has been a great pleasure in sledding with you and your Dad up in the mountains and at poker rallys. He will be greatly missed by all who got the Good fortune of knowing him. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you all. Love from your Hanna friends, Fred, Bev and Casey Hoffman.

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