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Born: Dec 16, 1934

Date of Passing: Mar 26, 2020

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December 16, 1934 - March 26, 2020

It is with deep sadness that we share the loss of Ralph Stanley Trombo.
Ralph was born in Brokenhead, Manitoba and was predeceased by his parents, Stanley and Mary Trombo. Ralph will be lovingly remembered by his wife Joan, of 59 years, daughters, Angela (Bruce) and Pamela, son Ryan, and granddaughters, Emily (Wyatt) and Britni (Elliott).
Ralph's career in teaching started as a Permit Teacher in Hoey West. He completed Normal School, Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Manitoba. His teaching career continued in Tyndall and in 1956 he accepted a teaching position in Teulon. In 1959 he became Principal of Teulon Elementary School until he retired in 1990.
Ralph spent his time volunteering in the community and sat on many executive committees' as well as being a director. His volunteered time was devoted to the Teulon hockey and baseball clubs, Teulon District Agricultural Society and Museum, Teulon Chamber of Commerce, Interlake Teachers, Retired Teachers' Association and Manitoba Permit Teachers' Association, Teulon United Church Board and Trustee, Green Acres Park Board and a 4-H leader. He was awarded the Honorary Life Member from the Kinsmen Club of Teulon in 1981.
Ralph's gift was playing music by ear and writing songs for special occasions. His dream came true when he helped organize and played with Willy and the Boys Band and the Goldenaires for senior residences and dances.
Ralph's joy was spent, spending time with his family, relatives and friends. Ralph and Joan travelled extensively and decorated their Christmas tree with ornaments from their trips. Ralph's greatest pride was attending activities that his children and grandchildren participated in.
Ralph's friendships that he made over the years were long lasting and he treasured each and every one. Ralph's love for nature was indicated by the many bird feeders that he kept full. He had a great sense of humour and wit. Ralph lived his life's dash to the fullest with adventures and journeys and our lives were a better place with him in it.
Our family would like to thank Dr. Graham, Stonewall and Eriksdale Hospital staff and MacKenzie's Funeral Services.
Due to COVID-19 a private immediate family service will take place on April 1, 2020.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Teulon and District Museum, Box 44, Teulon, Manitoba R0C 3B0, or Teulon Food Bank, Box 13, Teulon, Manitoba R0C 3B0.
Celebration of Ralph's life will be held at a later date.

MacKenzie Funeral Home
204 467 2525

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 01, 2020

Condolences & Memories (22 entries)

  • To Joan and family, I'm very saddened to heard the passing of Ralph, just read today and you and family is always on my mind and heart. He was fine and well last time I visited, I consider your family part of my family and I always remember how welcoming , to shared your home with me. I hope to drop by for a visit if you are still living in the same house and street, just to say hi. It's been a rough couple of years for us too. I hope you well and may God bless you Alfred Harper. Good memories I have from Trombo family - Posted by: Alfred hsrper (Home placement as student) on: Aug 07, 2022

  • I played violin in Ralph's band "Willie and the Boys". Ralph was a wonderful musician with a great sense of humour, which left him open to many pranks. I'm sure he, Lorne Ferley, and Willie Bond are playing some good music together. My deepest condolences to Joan and the family. Until we meet again 🙏 - Posted by: Daria Watkin (Friend ) on: Jun 24, 2021

  • Sympathies for the passing of Mr. Trombo whom I knew in 1981 at the L'Annonciation (QC) Canadian Softball Championship. I was representative for O`Keefe Brewery - Posted by: Gilles Courtemanche (Sports contact) on: Sep 20, 2020

  • Dear Joan. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Ralph was an avid newspaper reader and he loved having a good conversation about current events. I will miss listening to his thoughts and opinions. Rest in peace. The Granger family. - Posted by: Beverley Granger (Cousin) on: Apr 24, 2020

  • I was very saddened to hear of Ralph's passing and I will always cherish the fond memories of not only a professional relationship but all the social aspects as well. Will greatly miss him at our get togethers. My deepest sympathy is extended to Joan and family. - Posted by: robert moroz (colleaque and good friend) on: Apr 06, 2020

  • My heartfelt condolences to Pam, her siblings and her Mother. May he rest in peace. - Posted by: Janine McCabe (friend) on: Apr 06, 2020

  • Dear Joan & Family, We have known Ralph way back to the Brokenhead school days. Later,we(Rolly ) were classmates in Grade 12,Teacher's College. and as roommates in a University summer session) RALPH was a valued and unfailing friend ever since and we continued to get in touch with Ralph and Joan each year. He truly was a very caring and able leader in many ways in helping others by sharing his many talents. Our sincerest condolences and may God reach down to you by bringing Peace to your whole family at this time. - Posted by: Edna & Rolly Otto (Long time friends) on: Apr 05, 2020

  • My deepest condolences to Joan and family. Ralph was one of the first people I met when I moved to Teulon. He was a wonderful man and will be missed by many. - Posted by: Linda Landiak (Rybachuk) (Friend) on: Apr 03, 2020

  • Mr. Trombo was a great principal and set an example for kids at an important, developing stage of their lives. Respected and admired him from the day I first met him (and only got called to his office once). I remember one time (grade 2-4?) that I accidently called him "Grandpa" during a conversation, but I think he was that kind of a man. Later in years, when I moved back home, he would still come and talk to me if we happened to meet at a local function. Another Teulon icon and leader in our community. - Posted by: Andrew Carlson (former student) on: Apr 03, 2020

  • Our deepest sympathies to you Joan and all the family. Ralph was certainly an asset to his community his whole life. - Posted by: Eileen Wood and family (Friend) on: Apr 02, 2020

  • My condolences go out to Joan and family, hugs to you all. Valerie and Gwen - Posted by: Valerie Rutledge (friend) on: Apr 02, 2020

  • Our prayers and condolences to Joan and the Trombo family. Ralph will be greatly missed, - Posted by: Jan & Joe Lambourne (Friend ) on: Apr 02, 2020

  • Sincere sympathy to you Joan and your family. We will miss seeing Ralph around town. Take care and call me if you need anything Joan. - Posted by: Jerry and Doreen Demianiw (Friends) on: Apr 02, 2020

  • Dear Joan, Ryan, Emily, Wyatt and family, My sincere condolences to you all. Sending love and hugs. Ralph was an awesome community member who always took time to say hello and ask how my kids were doing. His interest and voluntarism were something I looked up to. - Posted by: Andrea Hancox (Wyatt's Mom & former Teulon community member) on: Apr 02, 2020

  • Our deepest condolences to Joan and family. We were saddened to hear Ralph passed away, I always enjoy running into Ralph around town, even if he was in a hurry he’d always ask how my kids were doing, what’s new at the marsh. He always made me laugh he had such a sense of humour. I’ve known Ralph for over 20 years. He volunteered at Oak Hammock Marsh for a while assisting school groups with our critter dipping program. The interpreters loved hearing Ralph’s hilarious school / principle stories. Ralph was such a funny , kind and genuinely caring person and he will be missed! He was one of a kind! - Posted by: Cathy (Friend and Volunteer coordinator at Oak Hammock Marsh ) on: Apr 01, 2020

  • Our sincere sympathy to Joan and all the family. We have many happy memories of you both from the Kinsmen years Sincerely Roger and Rosemarie Maksymchuk - Posted by: Rosemarie Maksymchuk (Friend) on: Apr 01, 2020

  • We send our condolences to you Joan and family. I have known Ralph since a child. He was our Elementary school principal. Always enjoyed meeting up with Ralph & Joan at various events and they always sat and have a chat with you. One of my closest memories is when we had a Easter egg hunt in our classroom and I had to check out the teacher's closet but I was to small to find the easter egg inside so he picked me up to find it in the closet. A loss of a very special person to so many and the community of Teulon. - Posted by: Georgina Jones (former student ) on: Apr 01, 2020

  • My wholehearted sympathy to Joan and your family! Over my years of knowing Angela I've also been warmly included in a number of visits with your family, especially one Christmas Joan and Ralph would not let me be alone even when their home was filled to the rafters! I've always been amazed at Ralph's interest in talking with everyone he met, such a warm hearted and very diverse person! He will be missed by many! HUGS to you all! - Posted by: Rose Anne Burdeny (Angela's girlfriend ) on: Apr 01, 2020

  • My prayers and the prayers of my family are united with all of you during this time. Mr. Trombo’s smile and willingness to share, a joke or fresh fruit and vegetables or a story, are linked to many visits to Teulon. As a child and well into adulthood, Mr. Trombo was always welcoming to all of us. His friendship with my father lasted many decades and I’m certain “Willie and the Boys” will be reuniting for an Easter Jam session. With love, Maureen and the Ferley Family - Posted by: Maureen Ferley (Longtime family friend ) on: Apr 01, 2020

  • My heartfelt condolences to your family at this time. What a wonderful man who was always ready for a friendly chat and lend an ear if needed. Also a VERY big part of the community who will be sadly missed. Have known him my whole life and will miss him dearly. - Posted by: Ann Stout (Former student and family friend) on: Apr 01, 2020

  • Sending our sincere sympathy to Joan and family. I always enjoyed a chat with Ralph, he always made me smile. Sincerely Larry & Georgina Nelson - Posted by: Larry & Georgina Nelson (Friend) on: Apr 01, 2020

  • Dear Joan, Our sincere condolences to you and all the family. Mr. Trombo has been a part of Teulon for most of my life. I will miss his friendly greeting whenever I bumped into him. Hugs from Gordon & Eileen Zinkowski - Posted by: Eileen Zinkowski (Community friend) on: Apr 01, 2020

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