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Date of Passing: May 18, 2020

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Peacefully, at his place of residence, Raffalele Tomassetti passed away on May 18, 2020.
Son of the late Bruno and Giosephine Tomassetti, he leaves behind his children, Carmine (mother Kim), Tonia (mother Madeline), Nikki, Tela and Germano (mother Laura).
Ralph is survived by his older sister Luisa Cirici (Mario, Bruno, Kavina), his younger sister Isabel Moncado (Diego, Matteo, Adriano), and his brother Victor Tomassetti, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Ralph loved hockey and always offered to teach kids to skate and play. He could glide on the ice and was a great hockey player. He knew how to maintain a skating rink and volunteered to do the job. Lifting weights and body building was his favourite pastime and he loved to teach his friends how to lift weights.
The majority of his working years were in construction. He was always a very hard worker and treated everyone who crossed his path with respect.
He had a huge heart and had compassion for everyone, always wanting to help the less fortunate by providing hope. He was a man of loyalty and integrity and whoever knew him would agree.
Music played a large part in his life. He loved music and to sing. It could be Elvis, Italian love songs, or Gospel, it didn't matter. In his younger years he performed at the Italian Folklorama and made many friends in the Italian community. He was known for his genuine compassion and care for everyone he touched, he just had a big heart.
He loved to play Scrabble with his older sister and there was always a competition going on.
Devoted to his spiritual path he knew he had a purpose in life. That being said, life was filled with obstacles which would be hard for him to overcome. You have found what you were looking for and now no more pain. May you be at peace. You have been returned to Mom and Dad.
We cherish our memories of you, we had to let you fly. Please remember you are loved and in our hearts always. Rest in peace my brother, father, son, uncle, cousin, nephew and friend.
In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations in memory of Raffalele may be made to the St. Raphael Wellness Centre, 2-225 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 1T7 or the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba Inc., 4 Fort Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 1C4.
Due to current restrictions on public gatherings, a public memorial service will be held at a later date.

E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors
680 Archibald Street

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 30, 2020

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • I am sadly just learning of Ralph’s passing today. I first met Raff 20 years ago in Stony Mountain and we used to play Scrabble together almost daily. I remember the stories he would tell me of how glory hockey days and his love for singing and sometimes he would belt out part of a tune in such a tone it would shock you. Many years later I ran into Raff and he just moved into a halfway house of sorts and I was working in addictions and we had a good chat and some laughs. He was someone I considered to be a friend and of true character, heart and honour. May he find peace from the struggles he had inside, be singing in heaven, and blazing on a set of skates - Posted by: Corey (Friend) on: Apr 27, 2022

  • I am only now learning of Ralph’s passing via a Fort Garry Facebook page. I’m sorry to hear it. Ralph was a sweet guy, sort if shy and outgoing at the same time. I think he had some huge challenges in his life and dealt with them as best he could. What more could you ask of anyone? Rest in peace Ralph. - Posted by: Karen Torgerson (School friend) on: Mar 02, 2021

  • Please accept our condolences as you grieve the loss of your brother. Thinking of you all at this sad time. - Posted by: Bill and Kathy Mc Lennan (friend) on: Jun 02, 2020

  • I first met Ralph at Vincent Massey High School.We became instant friends from the minute we met. Being a new school I was in and not knowing to many people, Ralph watched over me and a couple of other fellow Italians like we were his Family.I was fortunate enough to have known him well back then. He will be sadly missed. Rest In Peace My Friend. - Posted by: Lucio Vena (Friend) on: Jun 01, 2020

  • I had many quality encounters with Raffi. First met him at Stony Mountain Institution. He dearly lovely his family and spoke of them often. He was a regular attender at Mass and his Faith meant a lot to him. Upon one of his releases into the community he joined the Next Step Program that I facilitated in the community and he was a faithful attender. Besides his amazing voice, Raffi had much potential, was a deeply caring and comassionate person. His addiction to drugs had a huge hold on him, and became his tragic downfall. I'm sure God has welcomed him to Eternal Peace, which was so elusive during his life among us. You made it, Raffi! - Posted by: Sr. Carol Peloquin (Chaplain at Stony Mountain i 2000 and Facilitator of Next Step Program in the community.) on: Jun 01, 2020

  • I always have a true friend in Raffalele. He, even in the middle of his struggles, always showed the best of him to me! He liked my cooking, we sang Elvis and Bocelli songs together, and he shared his deep love to her Mother and the Blessed Virgin Mary. I hope you found peace at last. Good bye, my friend. - Posted by: Fr. Eduardo Soto (Friend) on: May 31, 2020

  • RIP Ralph. Sending condolences to the family. - Posted by: Frank Stranieri (Friend) on: May 31, 2020

  • Ralph, Ralph, Ralph, dam why didn't you reach out for help. You were honestly always a pleasure to see, and I always loved our little chats. I am really saddened and I will miss you. Goodbye for now my friend. - Posted by: bernie (friend) on: May 30, 2020

  • We would like to offer the family our condolences during this difficult time. God bless - Posted by: Marcello and Angela Urciuoli (Friends ) on: May 30, 2020

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