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Date of Passing: Feb 12, 2015

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RALPH PETER It is with great sadness that the family of Ralph Peter announces his passing on February 12, 2015. Ralph has gone to have a slice of pizza and a beer with his beloved father Johann, a dance in the kitchen with his mother-in-law Jessie or Momsie as he affectionately referred to her and finally to sleep in peace with his two beloved dogs Beau and Hank. With unbelievably heavy hearts, Ralph leaves behind his wife Jessie, and his greatest accomplishment, his biggest, joy, what he lived for, his son Lane. His memory will also be cherished by his mother Stephanie, his brother Norbert (Lori), and his niece Katrina. He will deeply missed and lovingly remembered by a man who laughed with him almost every day, his best friend and brother-in-law Craig, his sisters-in-law Diane (Gary), Sharon (Steve) and their families respectively. Also close friends who had become family to Ralph: Jim and Sheila, George, Brett and Rae. Ralph had another family, his music family. Music was Ralph's life and to not mention his music brothers, would be remiss. Rob, George, Glen and MJ, the 20 plus years he spent with you were some of the best times of Ralph's life. There are so many other musicians that Ralph had the pleasure and honour of playing with. All of you touched his life and we know all of you have many wonderful memories of him. Ralph was incredibly fortunate to have been able to live his dream, most can't say this. At the age of 18 after graduating from Elmwood High School he stepped on to a school bus and he never looked back. He traveled this country from coast to coast playing music and writing songs. For the last 15 years of life he continued to play music while running a successful carpentry business. Ralph lived his life with humour, he found humour in everything he saw and everything that he did - even at times when he probably should not have. Everyone who knew him knew a day would not go by without laughing when you were with Ralph. Our home and cottage were always open to anyone who stopped by. He would be eager to share a laugh and cook you one of his famous thrown together meals that tasted like he had just picked it up at a five star restaurant. His heart was generous, in fact too much at times, he put everyone before himself. If you needed anything you could call Ralph day or night and he would be there. The word no was definitely not in his vocabulary. Ralph was a husband, a son, a brother, an uncle, a carpenter, a musician, a songwriter and friend, but his greatest achievement the one he spoke of with eyes that sparkled, was being a father to his son Lane. He was the dad that told stories to his son at bed time, the dad that invented bath puppet at bath time which made his son laugh hysterically. He was the dad that drove a crying baby around in the night, the dad at every soccer game and piano lesson. No words can describe his love for his son and we know this love will bring comfort and peace to him. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Ralph's friends, the ones who reached out to him and his family over the last few years of his life. You need to know that you did everything you could for him and thank you does not adequately express the gratitude we feel. Uncle "Eggie" and Aunti Di, we don't know what we would have done without your love and support during this time. You know in your hearts Ralph is thanking you for making sure that what he treasured most was watched over and cared for. Ralph would have done the same for both of you given the chance. A private service will be held to honour Ralph and a celebration of his life will planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Ralph's memory to Status4, a non-profit music program for at risk youth. Donations can be made directly on the website through paypal at or they can be mailed to: Status4 Inc., PO Box 37041, Winnipeg, MB R2M 5M3. Please include a name and mailing address so an official tax receipt can be issued. Ralph is not gone, he will never be gone. His songs, his soul and his laughter will live forever in our hearts. His pain is gone and he can sleep with peace knowing how deeply he was loved. Knowing he touched all of us with his love and friendship, his generous heart and wicked sense of humour. In the true spirit of Ralph and knowing that laughter heals all.... I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. Winston Churchill

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 21, 2015

Condolences & Memories (34 entries)

  • Remembering Rolf at my first Jr. High School party at BA's there was no doubt he wanted to experience all of life, and make sure everyone else did too! Throughout high school we had competing bands, with him on guitar and vocals, later merging to one band and playing Elmwood High School with RM, and GB. Still have the picture, Rolf in neon green shorts, always knew how to wow the house. Later met up with him and RM on the road in Med Hat when he and RM were with "Touch" and had a ball being with school pals, but in the road atmosphere. Ended up on the same homegrown albums in the 90's and then met up with him in Van after he joined the Quin. Always met up in Winnipeg when we'd come and he'd ping us so we could see him when they were in town. In the Calgary airport now buddy and thinking of the times we both had here, elsewhere in AB, Van, the Peg, T-Bay...Toronto. Miss you and think of you often. Cheers, Don - Posted by: Don (Pal of many years) on: Jun 28, 2016

  • sincerest condolences to the friends and family that have lost a good and kind man. I knew Ralph as a kid in elementary school, through high school...bumped into him thru the years after...not often enough though...he was a truly good , kind and funny sorry to hear of his passing. - Posted by: Geoffrey Mandzuk (Childhood friend) on: Mar 13, 2015

  • We will never forget Ralph's incredible smile, infectious laugh and genuine care and interest for others. He was a gentle soul in a troubled world and now rests in peace. You are in our thoughts and hearts, Jessie and Lane - stay strong. "When you are sorrowful look again in your heart and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight." ~Kahlil Gibran - Posted by: Leah and Rheal (Friends) on: Mar 03, 2015

  • I was so very sad when I heard of Ralph's passing. My thoughts went out to you immediately, Jessie and Lane. May you find comfort and joy in all the wonderful times you had together. Ralph was truly a great friend, energetic entertainer and talented carpenter. “Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us every day . . unseen, unheard but always near. Still loved, still missed and very dear.” ~ Winnie The Pooh (Thank you to the Druxman's for sharing this wonderful quote) So true. RIP Ralph - Posted by: Shelley (friend) on: Mar 03, 2015

  • We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband, father, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. - Posted by: Ronnie and Iris Carlisle (Friends) on: Feb 26, 2015

  • My condolences to Jessie and Lane ... we are thinking about you all during this difficult time. Sending you lots of hugs. - Posted by: Andrea and Marcelo Vargas (friend) on: Feb 24, 2015

  • My deepest condolences to you my friends Lori and Norbert and your mom Stephanie for the loss of your brother and son Ralph. I have known you all for well over 30 years and was saddened to hear of Ralph's passing. My heart is also saddened for his son Lane. May the Lord comfort you in this most difficult time. Love you guys. - Posted by: Lydia and Robert Oliver (Long time friends of Ralph's brother and sister-in-law Norbert and Lori) on: Feb 24, 2015

  • Loved being around Ralph, for the few times we got together: holidays and weddings!! Always made me feel welcome, when so far from home.Icn my eyes he was a true "urban" philosopher: observant, full of mischief and of course had a comic and often pragmatic view on all things domestic!!! I heard him play music, I saw his work and I'll say now what I said then; "you're a talented bastard" Never forgotten, RIP my friend. - Posted by: Colin Deans (Family from across the water) on: Feb 23, 2015

  • There are no words to describe A man as amazing as Ralph. He always made me feel safe and very much a part of his family. My thoughts and prayers go out to not only Jessie and Lane but to everyone touched by his love. Rest in peace. Xx - Posted by: Terri gretsinger (Friend) on: Feb 23, 2015

  • I met Rolf in 2007 and we quickly became friends. Rolf you were truly one of a kind. I will miss your smiling eyes and our friendship. Thank you for just being you. I am truly grateful that I got to talk to you in January. My deepest condolences to Jessie, Lane and his family members. Till we meet again. ❤ - Posted by: Maggie (Friend) on: Feb 23, 2015

  • This is truly one of the most difficult times that we have ever experienced. Our hearts are with Jessie, Lane and friends of this most unique man as each of you remember and embrace "The Moments of Life with Ralph Peter". Here are a few, and we stress a few, of those special moments that we shared with Ralph. Ralph, THANK YOU: ==> For being our second family. You shared everything possible with our us, especially with the boys at the arcade, the poutines, the beach, the stories, your beds, your bicycles, the breakfasts, the infamous tickle trunk and much much more. ==>For letting us share that circus in your head. We will always cherish your ability to make anyone laugh in the most peculiar ways. ==>For teaching us that to be truly happy, a man only needs a T-shirt, a ripped pair of Jeans, a very aged baseball cap, and a beat up cowboy hat. Of course friends and family came a close second. ==>That a five star restaurant does not require candles, flowers, or fancy wine. ==>That a smile and a thunderous roaring laugh could change the moment. ==> That a left turn does not in any way involve vehicles. And finally, Dear Ralph, as we come to accept our pain, our sadness, and the realization that this chapter in your "Book of Moments" has come to an end for us, we can find comfort that somewhere, someplace, sometime, someone, or something else is just getting to know you as they start their adventure and a BRAND NEW chapter with you. Good Bye Ralph, Live on.... - Posted by: Lorrie and Tighe (Friends) on: Feb 23, 2015

  • In July of 1987 I was 19 and at a packed popular bar with a group of friends. There was this band playing and their bass player with crazy hair was leading the party. It was bedlam on the dance floor. Towards the end of their set they RIPPED into "Surfin' USA" and the place went crazy. One of the most fun bar bands I ever saw. Moved away never saw them again. Moved back to MB in 2000 ... Cue to the summer of 2010 in Minneapolis for a soccer tournament and there, checking in to the same hotel was THAT bass player. Turned out our sons were going to be playing on the same soccer team for the tournament. I told him about the night in '87 that I saw him, he laughed, said "Whoa, THAT was a wild show that night". Later that same night at a parent party I made an obscure reference to pineapple juice rotting off the fingerprints of criminals in an old Hawaii 5-0 episode. The rest of the parents thought I was nuts but Ralph quickly came to my defence retelling the WHOLE episode to those assembled (all in stitches). I thought, this guy is awesome! He was my favourite sports parent I have ever met over the years. I have not seen him since my son stopped playing soccer at 13 but was utterly shocked to read of his passing. He told me once, "There's two things my son is going to know how to do: 1.) Build a house and, 2.) Play piano. After that he can do whatever he decides. Learn to do those two things and you're set." I'm pretty sure that Lane has learned many other wonderful things from his dad. So sad for both Jessie and Lane. Book'em Dano! - Posted by: John Schrofel (Sons played soccer together) on: Feb 22, 2015

  • I had the pleasure of playing together in a band called Bad Apple. He was a great bass player and we made some wonderful music together. Will be missed - Posted by: Craig Fraser (Friend) on: Feb 22, 2015

  • My thoughts and prayers are with both Jessie and Lane and their extended family. - Posted by: Ken MacLeod (Friend ) on: Feb 22, 2015

  • My sincere condolences to Jessie, Lane and Family and for having the pleasure meeting you all through Status4. “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Plato. RIP Ralph, your jamming with Angels now - Posted by: Kevin Gibson (Founder & CEO Status4 Inc) on: Feb 22, 2015

  • I will always remember Ralph as the person who will do anything he can to make you happy. I'd like to thank him for always letting me sleep in his cabin and making wonderful meals in the morning. I will never forget all the times he brought me to the beach, took me out for ice cream and countless of other things. Ralph you will always be missed ! - Posted by: Reid (Friend) on: Feb 22, 2015

  • I met Ralph through his son, and my friend Lane. We would see each other all the time during the summer and there was never a day that went by without Ralph making me laugh one way or another. He was an amazing friend and almost like a second dad to me. I will cherish all the amazing times we had together and you will be greatly missed by me and everyone whose life you were a part of. - Posted by: Bryce (Friend) on: Feb 22, 2015

  • Condolences Jessie and Lane. A great musician and even greater man. - Posted by: Ron Arjoon (friend) on: Feb 22, 2015

  • Ralph was truly one of a kind. Made me and the world laugh... a better place... I was the Beer Guy and he was the Rock n' Rolla... Tons of Fun... RIP my friend. So Sad... my condolences to Jessie, Lane and the Family. Terry Beck - Posted by: Terry Beck (Friend) on: Feb 22, 2015

  • My favorite memory of Ralph was when He was in Calgary and as a special treat I asked if he wanted to see one of my favorite places, Spruce Meadows (an equestrian facility here). I picked him up and spent the day there with him. His eyes were wide and he had a big smile on his face. I had no idea he had a love of horses. When we left he told me how much fun he had, "I had no idea this was even here" he said. I promised to take him again if he wanted. My sympathies are with everyone who loved Ralph and whom Ralph loved back. We don't know why some people "get" it and why some don't but my heart is heavy too. He was a sweet, kind, loving person. That's how I will remember him. - Posted by: Marilynn Phillips (Friend (sister to Sandy Waite)) on: Feb 22, 2015

  • He was a joy to watch on stage. The first time we saw him, we honestly thought he just crawled out of bed at The Pandora years ago. He smiled, downed a couple and dove into cinnamon girl. We were hooked. Rest in peace Ralph. - Posted by: Coco and WAlly Titanich (fans of Howling Now) on: Feb 22, 2015

  • I was fortunate enough to serve on the Elmwood Community Revitalization Committee with Ralph. He always cared about so much that happened in Elmwood. Ralph was always a person I so looked forward to seeing. It was always a pleasure to bump into him around the "hood". He will always live on through his generous heart. - Posted by: Melanie (Freind) on: Feb 22, 2015

  • So sorry for your loss Jessie and family. Our hearts and prayers are with you. RIP Ralph - Posted by: Gwen Fontaine (Friend) on: Feb 22, 2015

  • Ralph was a perfect gentleman. In my twenties he found out it was my birthday a took me for a ride in him red mg to the top of the WAG for lunch. He was dating my room-mate at the time but wanted me to have a nice day. Last saw him in the summer, told him he would have to sing before visiting friend in hospital. Ralph always had a smile and an easy going attitude and willing hand to help, he'll truly be missed. - Posted by: Suzanne Herda (acquaintance ) on: Feb 21, 2015

  • It's never good's till we meet again. Ralph you will be missed but never forgotten. Thank you for teaching me why showers have 11 holes and all the other wonders of the world. Thanks for always having an open oven .... I mean door for me. I promise you I WILL finally finish the hot tub Torah! Good night my friend, sleep tight. - Posted by: Cara Ingimundson (Long time friend) on: Feb 21, 2015

  • I am so very shocked sad and sorry to hear this horrible news. I have known Rolf for some 20 odd years from his years of coming to Thunder Bay to perform. Rolf told me many stories about his son Lane and how proud he was of him and how much he loved him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this horribly difficult time. RIP, gone but absolutely never ever forgotten. - Posted by: Trish Petrie (Friend) on: Feb 21, 2015

  • I have known Ralph for over 20 years along with his fellow band members. My sister and I became friends with all of them and not just music fans. He will be greatly missed by the music community. He always had a smile on his face that would light up a room. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jessie, Lane and the rest of his family. - Posted by: Dianne Sauvlet (friend) on: Feb 21, 2015

  • Ralph has been so instrumental in providing music to music lovers all across Canada, he will be so missed but finally he is without pain and suffering, wish he had been able to fight off the issues that so troubled him, he will be so missed by myself and my family and friends. - Posted by: Terry Neplyk (friend) on: Feb 21, 2015

  • So sorry Jessie for yours and Lanes' loss. So many great memories of Ralph. Thinking of you through this difficult time. - Posted by: Pat Gyles (Friend) on: Feb 21, 2015

  • We will always remember Rolf drinking beer in a wine glass in our back yard. He will be missed By all of us. - Posted by: Trevor, Sherri ,Keaton and Nicholas (Friends) on: Feb 21, 2015

  • Condolences to the family. Ralph was truly a great friend. He would listen to anything anyone had to say & always bring a smile to your face. R.I.P my friend. - Posted by: Peter (Friend) on: Feb 21, 2015

  • The guy who played the guitar with the fat strings, made me laugh and laugh, creative (who dare infinge on "my uniqueness", cue Danny Thomas mouth full of water reaction!), host extrordinaire (would you like a hot dog with that "I'm too sexy for my Shirt"), fashion Pioneer. "awe this is Beat!" Son, Brother(in law), Husband, Father, Bass player, entertainer,............My Friend - Posted by: Rob Waite (one half of "the Rythm Section"........Friend) on: Feb 21, 2015

  • Ralph was everything that is said about him here. A fun guy who obviously put his own troubles away to make others laugh. He was a consummate entertainer on and off stage. I last saw him in the summer, in a crowd. We had a moment of eye contact; smiles and reached to hold each other's hand for just a moment. It was goodbye, although I didn't know it then. I'm glad now for that moment. My sincere condolences to his family. - Posted by: Susanne McCrea (old friends through his music buddies; Rob, Glen, George and MJ. ) on: Feb 21, 2015

  • I became acquainted with Ralph on a construction site and we became friends. I cannot recall a time in the conversations we had that he did not speak of his love for his family and his faith in God. We spoke about many things including the highs and lows of life that he and I went through. We laughed, we cried and we prayed. I am deeply grieved at his passing and yet I am overjoyed as to his going to be with his, and my Lord, Jesus Christ. May the peace and love of Ralph's Lord be with you, and within you, as you go through this season. I look to the day when Jesus, and Ralph, will be waiting to greet me. I weep with you. Michael - Posted by: Michael (Work aquaintance) on: Feb 21, 2015

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