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Born: Mar 27, 1959

Date of Passing: May 13, 2017

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RALPH GILBERT GONCZY March 27, 1959 - May 13, 2017 It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Ralph Gonczy. He will be sadly missed by his sons, Ryan (Alicia) and Shayne, his grandchildren, Rylan and Avery, his brothers, Peter (Melanie) and Lyle (Angie), and his sister Deb Krasnianski, as well as his nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends. Ralph was predeceased by his infant son Kelly, his parents, Dorothy and Gus, and brother-in-law John Krasnianski. Ralph was a true character. As a young child, he showed great determination and commitment, whether it was learning to ride his bike and ignoring his repeated falls, watching every Montreal Canadiens' hockey game, or spending hours in the yard practicing for the Prairie Grove baseball team. He worked at Burns for many years in the freezer department, and enjoyed working nights with his coworkers and friends. He also loved going to visit Uncle Albert and Aunty Ombra at the farm and helping with chores. Ralph and his wife Debbie were married for a number of years and had three sons. He loved his dear son Kelly and was heartbroken at his passing. He loved and was very proud of his sons, Ryan and Shayne. It was wonderful that his sons were able to be with him in his final days. When Ralph received his diagnosis of MS, after having double vision at age 33, he told his doctor to give him an eye patch so that he could go back to work. Later that same year, he was stricken with meningitis and its devastating effects. Ralph eventually ended up at Taché Centre as his illnesses progressed. But again in true Ralph fashion, one day he wheeled himself out for a cigarette, hailed a cab, and returned later sporting a tattoo. There are many stories to tell about Ralph, from his love of "The Price is Right" and the pictures of Barker's beauties on his Tache Centre room walls, to his love of white tiger pictures. Ralph fought for his life many times over the years, always astounding his family and nursing staff with his remarkable will and strength. Ralph was full of passion for the things in life that interested him, not usually conforming to rules, but with great love for his family and friends. Ralph will be missed by anyone who has met him, leaving many crazy stories behind. We would like to thank Ralph's Taché family for their care over the many years, especially his favourite nurse Nicole. We also appreciate the recent care of Dr. Olafson at St. Boniface ICU and Dr. Wiebe at Riverview in these last two weeks; thanks for hearing us. We'll miss you Ralph, may you rest in peace. Cremation, followed by a private family graveside service, on May 19, 2017, has taken place. GREEN ACRES Funeral Home and Cemetery (204) 222-3241 Condolences may be sent to

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 20, 2017

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Life isn't always easy. You had a lot of challenges in your short time on earth. Forgiving, forgetting, and always remembering the someone for the good in them, and not the bad...that's what makes life worth living. Family was always so important to you. I am so happy you came from such a great one! Thank you for the years we shared, and for giving me 3 beautiful boys. You now get to keep our Kelly in your arms for an eternity...for that, I consider you a lucky man!! I will always miss you. Rest in peace, dear man!! Love, Pookie - Posted by: Debbie Hill (Family) on: May 21, 2017

  • Beautifully written obituary. Rest in peace, Dad. Love you always 🙂 - Posted by: Ryan Gonczy (Son) on: May 20, 2017

  • Ralph was truly a remarkable man. I couldn't believe that anyone could hang from a rope seat and paint a Church Steeple, But Ralph did, The Lorette Catholic church, and Ralph wasn't even Catholic. He loved his beer and His Montreal Canadians. I had the honor of going to a couple of Jets/Canadians games with him and am glad I did. It's been a pleasure being your Brotherinlaw. Your Friend (Stevie). only you and my mom were allowed to call me that. Farewell my Friend. - Posted by: Steve Petriew (Brotherinlaw) on: May 20, 2017

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