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Date of Passing: Nov 27, 2020

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On Friday, November 27, 2020, Ralph Esdale Baxter passed away peacefully at his home.
A longer obituary will be published to announce a service when permissible.

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Richard Rosin
Funeral Director Ltd.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 01, 2020

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • My condolences to Eileen, Heather and Catherine. Ralph was kind and gentle with all and I know will be missed by so many. - Posted by: Jean (Rybuck) Welch (friend/parishioner) on: Dec 13, 2020

  • I have know Ralph for many years dating back to St. John's College. He was a very good friend and a very wise man. I am truly sorry and I send my condolences to Eileen and their Children. - Posted by: Janice R. Jones (Friend) on: Dec 04, 2020

  • Sending our Condolences to the whole Family. Joseph and Eva Cunningham - Posted by: Joseph and Eva Cunningham (Acquaintance from the Irish Association of Manitoba) on: Dec 04, 2020

  • Ralph was my spiritual counsellor for many years (when I was a clergy spouse) and I never missed an opportunity to attend any retreat he led. Deep, wise and always spoken in love of God, his words are still with me. On one of those retreats, I was so exhausted I slept through some of his sessions ... I felt so terribly guilty and when I approached him to apologize, his gentle words of comfort and absolution were: "Sandi, sometimes to sleep is to pray." I will carry the Love he incarnated in my heart forever. Love to Eileen and all family members ... my heart goes out to you. We will see him again. - Posted by: Sandi Cain (Friend) on: Dec 03, 2020

  • I remember Ralph as someone with a great musical gift, a wonderful sense of humor, and the ability to make you want to be a better version of yourself. It is at times like this that I regret losing touch with people whose company I once enjoyed so much, especially Heather, with whom I spent many peaceful evenings enjoying the MCO. My condolences to Eileen, to Heather, Tom and their children, and to Catherine. Take care. - Posted by: Bev Henderson (Friend) on: Dec 03, 2020

  • Michael & I, Karen would like to give our condolences to the family. Ralph was a kind, compassionate,, patient, giving of self Minister and friend to us. We remember him in our hearts and prayers. Ralph changed our lives with his guidance and love and friendship. Karen & Michael Deley - Posted by: Karen & Michael Deley (Rev.Ralph Baxter was my Spiritual Director & Friend) on: Dec 01, 2020

  • I am very sad to hear of Ralph's death, and convey heartfelt sympathy to Eileen and their family. Ralph left a trail of warm good humour wherever he went, and had a wonderful capacity to speak the truth in love. He was strong in giving support when needed, and wise in his counsel. His service to St. John's College, and to the Diocese of Rupert's Land, was broad and deep. He left a public legacy as well as a lot of personal impact. I know he will be deeply missed. - Posted by: Murdith McLean (Friend) on: Dec 01, 2020

  • Barbara and I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Eileen and the family at the passing of Ralph. We both loved and respected him as a true man of God. He had a very effective ability to skewer you to the back of the pew with the word of God, but it in a warm and kind way. We will miss his warmth and humour, and his ability to inspire us, and we wish the family all the strength they need to cope with this loss. - Posted by: Brian and Barbara Kirk (Fellow Parishioners) on: Dec 01, 2020

  • Ralph was a huge help to me in my discernment of ministry and such a loving and generous mentor. I appreciated hearing his passion of justice and love of God. He inspired me to travel to Ireland and to Corrymeela. I loved his humour and twinkle in his eyes. Ralph made a difference in the lives of individuals, of faith communities, communities and countries. - Posted by: Diane K Guilford (Friend and Admirer) on: Dec 01, 2020

  • Beth and I remember Ralph with all his warmth and compassion and wonderfully quiet sense of humour. We send our sincere sympathies to all the family. - Posted by: Bernard Beare (friend) on: Dec 01, 2020

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