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EWING, Ralph Eldon

January 30, 1930 –     Kirkland Lake, ON

March 25, 2017 – Calgary, AB

It is with sadness we announce that Ralph Eldon Ewing passed away on Saturday March, 25, 2017 at the age of 87.

Born January 30, 1930 in Kirkland Lake, Ont. to the late Harry and Viola (nee Richardson) Ewing, Ralph spent his early years on the gold mine, hunting and fishing. In true Ewing fashion, he was often found causing trouble by doing things such as pulling a “Mary-Poppins” by jumping off the family coal shed with his mother’s open umbrella, breaking his wrist in the process.

Passionate for hockey, Ralph grew up on the hockey rink and followed his dreams, playing for the Guelph Biltmores. In time, the ice would end up being where he would come to meet his beautiful wife, Marie. Married on April 26, 1952 Ralph and Marie spent their lives filled with love and devoted to their two children, Nancy Ann Ewing and Brian Ralph Ewing.

Ralph’s ultimate career choice was the stock market. He started out as a trainee at Doherty Roadhouse in Kirkland Lake and over the years worked his way up to Partner, Vice-President and Director of Midland Doherty Limited in Calgary. He was also Chairman of the Alberta Stock Exchange.

A dedicated and loving grandfather and great grandfather, Grandpa Ralph will forever be known for his warm hugs and forehead kisses. Grandpa Ralph was a mentor and golfing companion for Aidan, and always made a point of telling him that, “Real men drink their tea and coffee black”. He stirred up trouble with and raised Alexandra to be the ultimate chocolate connoisseur, and was never one to turn down dessert!

Ralph loved to buy penny stocks, sometimes making money on them and very passionate about the ones he picked! He also engaged in great debates with Andrew and taught his great grandchildren the art of Great-Grandpa Ralph’s signature handshake. He was also a professional armchair referee for the Calgary Flames, rarely missing a game.

Always the home handyman and forever clumsy, Ralph single handedly kept the Band-Aid brand in business. One always seemed to be adorning the top of his head…

Known for his quick wit, dry sense of humor, and a smile that could light up even the darkest of rooms, Ralph’s charm was like no others. He was fiery and passionate, never one to hold back his opinion, and could always be found in the heat of a colourful debate.

An avid outdoorsman, Ralph spent his later years walking through the Sibbald Flats area hunting ruffed grouse with his son Brian.

A devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, Ralph’s memory lives on through his wife, Marie (nee Budan), children Nancy and Brian, grandchildren Aidan, Andrew, Alexandra, Nicholas and Mary, and great grandchildren Declan, Carson, and Jake.

Ralph always appreciated the simple things in life, and enjoyed each one to the fullest!

In keeping with Ralph’s wishes, no Services will be held. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Ralph Ewing, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Should you wish to make a donation on Ralph’s behalf, his favourite charities were the Heart and Stroke Foundation (Alberta) and the Canadian Cancer Society (Alberta).

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  1. David & Sharon Merkley

    Aunt Marie, Brian, Nancy and families – so sorry for the loss of Uncle Ralph who had such a big laugh during our family get togethers in New Liskeard, Ontario. It always brought a sparkle to moms eyes and much laughter to Grandpa Ewing. Uncle Ralph will be missed dearly, all our love nephew Dave, Sharon and Girls!

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  2. From a fellow Ontarionian: Ralph was an awesome man and met him over half hot water and half black coffee at the mall.

    Godspeed Ralph.

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  3. I’ll forever miss you Ralph.

    Love Bob.

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  4. Our continued prayers are with you.

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  5. Mary McDougall (Shoemaker)

    Dear Auntie Marie, Brian, Nancy and families. We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Ralph. We have many fond memories him and our times together in Elora at the farm – and at Grandma’s cottage. It was always Uncle Ralph’s laugh that would boom above Toots and Marie’s giggles and Herbie’s leg slap to actually shake the dishes in the china cabinet. He was a great man – and will never be forgotten. Thinking of you. Love from all the nieces, nephew and kids of the late Agnes (Budan) & Herb Shoemaker. xo

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  6. A wonderful man I was greatful to know and call family. You will be missed.

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  7. Peggy Webers. (Shoemaker)

    Dear Auntie Marie , Brian, Nancy and families. We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Ralph.. I also have many memories of him in Elora and on the farm . It was so nice to have visited with both of you a few years ago and tell stories of all the good times we had… I always loved to hear him laugh – He was a great man and will never be forgotten
    Thinking of you … Take care

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  8. Cyrille Lamoureux

    Sorry to hear of your loss Marie , Brian and Nancy. I enjoyed working with Ralph for so many years and always valued his opinion on life values as well as market events and individual stocks .
    I will miss him……… Cyrille

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  9. Jim and Lesley Powley

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you all as you travel this sad journey together. May the memories you have fill you with peace and joy of a live well lived and loved. Love and peace to you all.
    The Powley Family.

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  10. Eileen Jackson

    My sincere condolence to Marie and family. Ralph was a wonderful and loving person, always full of fun. We enjoyed many conversations about the latest hockey news especially our mutual love of the Calgary Flames. He will be sadly missed by Brian and Andree and all their family.

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