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FREDERICK RALKE (FRED)
Born: Mar 22, 1933
Date of Passing: May 23, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory
March 22, 1933 - May 23, 2019
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather Fred on May 23, 2019, at the age of 86 from the dreaded disease, lung cancer.
He will be greatly missed by his wife Vera of 65 years, son Bob (Terry), grandsons, Dylan and Cory, granddaughters, Sara (Ian) and Robyn, great-grandchildren, Taylor and Epic, brother Bob (Lillian) plus numerous nieces and nephews.
Fred was predeceased by his son Douglas, parents, Fred and Kay, brother Ken, sister Dorothy and brother-in-law Victor, niece Kathy, daughter-in-law Nina and brother-in-law Ralph.
In the mid 1970s he held a President position at the Canadian German Society on McGregor Street and he was proud of introducing the ethnic dinner and dance at the club (i.e. Irish, Ukrainian, German with live bands).
Fred retired from the City of Winnipeg as a machine operator on April 19, 1991, moved out to the lake and enjoyed his retirement years to the fullest.
He was a very talented man who loved to fix or build anything that was asked of him and it had to be perfect.
During the early years in Winnipeg he was involved in 10-pin bowling for 25 years plus ice curling. Once he retired golfing was his passion; he even got a hole in one at Links of the Lake on the 14th hole. Then at the age of 70 he joined the Gimli Senior Centre and took up floor curling which he proved to be very good at by winning many bonspiels. His other passion was acrylic painting and was successful in selling several pieces.
Heartfelt appreciation and love is extended to all the family and dear friends for their kindness and support. Also, to the wonderful doctors, nurses, aides and staff at the Gimli Hospital.
In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held.
In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, a memorial donation may be made to the Gimli Palliative Care, in care of I.E.H. Foundation, Selkirk Regional Health Centre, Box 5000, Selkirk, MB R1A 2M2, or a charity of their choice.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 25, 2019
Condolences & Memories (8 entries)
Our deepest condolences on the loss of Fred. Wishing you, Vera and your family comfort and peace in the days to come. Fred was definitely one of a kind. But he always put a SMILE on my face. He will be missed. All my love, Audrey - Posted by: Audrey Powroznik (Friend) on: Jun 02, 2019
Shared many fine memories while attending high school. Rest in peace my friend. - Posted by: george railian (school freind) on: May 31, 2019
Sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to all the family. - Posted by: Bonnie Kirsch (Friend) on: May 28, 2019
Sorry to hear of your loss Vera. We have fond memories of how much Forzley liked staying with Fred and yourself. - Posted by: Don & Donna Mckenzie (Friend) on: May 25, 2019
My condolences to Vera and the family. You may not remember, but I was a co-worker with Vera at the Bank of Montreal (Great West Life branch) many years ago. I also remember one or two staff parties at your home, much enjoyed. I recall seeing anniversary notices in the Free Press, which showed to me may years of happy togetherness. All the best for the future. Robin. - Posted by: Robin Simmons (Friend) on: May 25, 2019
To Vera and entire Ralke family, Passing on my sincere condolences in the loss of Fred, he was an amazing person, working on the crew as our Backhoe operator and being the best in his trade at that, we had a great time working together as he shared his many years of experience and skills with all of us. He was always dedicated to the task at hand and always pushed the rest of the crew to do their best also and take pride in what we all did together. He will be greatly missed, Tom Hrechkosy - Posted by: Tom Hrechkosy (Worked together on same crew in Dist#3 Water) on: May 25, 2019
So sorry to hear of your Brother's passing Bob. My prayers and thoughts go out to you and Lillian and all your family. Gail - Posted by: Gail Kotowich (Lived in same condo complex as Bob/Lillian) on: May 25, 2019
Sorry to hear of your loss , our condolences to Vera and family. - Posted by: Bernadette And Robert Tigg (Friends of Nina ) on: May 25, 2019
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