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Ralph was predeceased by his wife Delores Gammelseter (nee Schellenberg), parents, Ralph and Ruth Gammelseter, sister Christine Schaak (nee Gammelseter) of Kamloops, BC, brother Jim Miller, and nephew Dana Schaak of Kamloops, BC.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Meladee of Toronto, Allison (Ryan) and their children, Jayda and Jackson, along with Ralph's siblings, Ellen (Terry), Robert (Diane), Maureen (Albert), as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Ralph was born on June 16, 1947 in Winnipeg, MB. An avid music lover, Ralph taught himself how to play guitar at an early age and was in numerous bands as a teenager and throughout most of his life. He was an incredible guitar player but could also give anyone a run for their money on the harmonica. If you were ever looking for Ralph, you could find him in his living room, amp cranked, playing along with a Beatles or blues tune on one of his MANY guitars. You could say he had a bit of a collection.
Ralph was a bus driver for Winnipeg Transit for 27 years. He enjoyed his job because he was most definitely a people person. He always had a story to tell and an endless supply of jokes as anyone who had the privilege of knowing him will tell you.
Ralph enjoyed tinkering with and fixing cars and motorcycles of any kind but his passion was for classic cars. He loved attending a car rally each summer with Delores called "Back To The Fifties" in Minnesota as well as cruise night every Sunday where they would proudly show off their pink 1960 Cadillac Coupe De Ville.
The light of Ralph's life were his grandchildren. He was a devoted Grampa and spent most of his free time with his beloved Jayda and Jackson, and even got to travel to Disneyland with them which he said was an absolute highlight of his life. Both kids loved it when Grampa came for a sleepover, played music and sang with them, or took them for a ride in one of his "cool" cars. They have so many wonderful memories of their Grampa to cherish forever.
The family would like to thank the incredible staff at St. Boniface Hospital in the ICU on the 2nd floor. Thank-you for taking such exemplary care of Ralph and for the support and communication during such unprecedented times.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or a cancer charity of your choice.
"And when the night is cloudy there is still a light that shines on me, shine on 'til tomorrow, let it be".
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 27, 2021
Condolences & Memories (9 entries)
I am Ralph’s daughter and I am sending prayers and thoughts to the family and I will remember him forever - Posted by: Charlotte Crossman (Daughter ) on: Jun 07, 2021
Condolences to all Ralph's family....sorry to hear of Ralph's passing...we just became Facebook friends not too long ago.....and caught up with all the many years since we use to "play outside till the street lights came on " with all the neighborhood kids'....We all took a different direction as we grew up and the group was "no more"...but...we had so much fun many years ago....(I lived next door to Ralph on Lorette Ave.) - Posted by: Faye Miguez (Sebastisn) (Childhood friend and next door neighbor on Lorette Ave) on: Mar 04, 2021
Our sincere condolences for your loss. Delores and I were in a chorus group and my husband and I met Ralph at a function where Dolly and I sang a duet together. My husband is a thorough introvert so Dolly said Ralph would be good company for him, and she was right! Your loss is profound and the emptiness in your hearts will be forever, however our loved ones live on in our memories. You have many wonderful memories and know that even though our loved ones are not present, they walk beside us in the memories we cherish. Sincere condolences, Dixie-Lee Voll - Posted by: Dixie-Lee Voll (Friend ) on: Mar 01, 2021
We are both so sorry to hear this sad news. He will be remembered for his love of music, his cars and all his guitars! When we lived next door we would hear him “jamming” and it always sounded great! He will be missed! Our deepest condolences to his daughters and family. - Posted by: Heather and Ron (Friend) on: Feb 28, 2021
Our condolences to Allison, Ryan, Jayda, Jackson, Meladee and extended family, our hearts are hurting for you. Dear Ralph, wow what a shock it was to hear of your passing. We want to let you know how much you meant to us, you and Delores. You two are now together in your cloud house! We enjoyed going over to your house to see your new purchases - guitars, amps, and vehicles especially the classic cars that you had to squeeze into your garage with inches to spare! Ralph, you were very kind and the biggest softie too, but you did enjoy putting on your bandana and muscle shirt looking like a biker dude to scare away some suspicious individuals that wandered around our houses. You were the greatest entertainer and we often heard you playing guitar and singing from across the street. How you always remembered all those non-stop jokes is beyond us! We always had a good laugh, especially with the pressed hams!! Ralph - we looked out for each other and waved daily from our houses. We hope you saw our last wave to you, the neighbourhood will never be the same. We love you and miss you so much already. Heather and Steve - Posted by: Heather and Steve (Friends and neighbours) on: Feb 28, 2021
Ralph was such an amazing person. Family, friends, music (guitars & harmonicas) and cars were Ralph’s passions and he put his all into it. It was a privilege to know Ralph, he was a great friend and I will miss our talks and his wisdom! Please accept my deepest condolences. Rest in Peace Ralph. Trevor Stone - Posted by: Trevor Stone (Friend) on: Feb 28, 2021
My deepest and heartfelt condolences to Ralph’s family. He was such a wonderful guy, and a lot of fun to be around. He will be missed by all who loved him. Rest In Peace, dear cousin. - Posted by: Ruth Dunn (Cousin ) on: Feb 27, 2021
To the Gammelseter Family Our deepest condolences on the passing of Ralph. May you Rest in Peace Ralph. From the Nowe Family - Posted by: Guy Nowe (Friend) on: Feb 27, 2021
I remember Ralph from school when we were kids growing up in Fort Rouge . - Posted by: brian klym (friend) on: Feb 27, 2021
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