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Born: Feb 07, 1952

Date of Passing: Sep 16, 2021

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WARMAN: Ralph Stanley passed away on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre with his wife Heather holding his hand, and his step-son Justin (in Ralph's words, the son he never had) by his side. He fought a long, hard, and courageous battle with cancer. Ralph, the oldest of 10 children born to Howard and Dorothy (nee Anthony) Warman, was born at Kempt Shore, NS on February 7, 1952 and spent his younger years living in Upper Cape and Bayfield, NB. It was in Bayfield that his parents raised all the children and remained until their passing. While still in high school, Ralph decided to join the militia and then transitioned to the Canadian Armed Forces as soon as he turned 18, and after basic training in Cornwallis, NS, was posted to Petawawa, ON to the Royal Canadian Regiment (Infantry). In 1976, he re-mustered to MSE-OP, trade 935 and was posted to CFS Lowther, ON. He also served in Chatham, NB, Shilo, MB and then Summerside, PEI. Five months after arriving in Summerside, he was hit by a three-ton truck driven by a drunk driver, ending his career and life as he knew it. Ralph's career spanned 24 1/2 years of service to his country, and Ralph was released with an honorable discharge as a M/Cpl. His final posting was to Brandon, MB. Ralph met Heather in 1987 and she accompanied him on his posting to Summerside, PEI in August 1988, where they remained until August 1992, living in Bayside, PEI rather than on base. When Ralph and Heather returned to Brandon, they bought a house where they lived together with most of their kids, until they started to spread their wings and go out on their own. It was then they decided it was time to get married and did so June 29, 2001. Ralph and Heather just celebrated their 20th anniversary this past June, in total sharing 34 wonderful years together. Like all couples, they had their share of ups and downs, but nothing they couldn't handle and make it through. They were each other's best friends, confidantes and truly loved each other. Ralph enjoyed many interests from fishing to hunting, gardening, working in the yard, going to auctions – you never knew what kind of treasures he might find, feeding the birds in the winter, re-finishing some of the antiques he would find at the auctions, re-modelling their home and travelling from the west to east coasts to visit family and friends. Ralph also enjoyed volunteering; starting with the 1999 PAN AM games in Winnipeg, where he was one of the dispatchers in control of all the vehicles that were used to transport the athletes from their place of residence to the venue, as well as some of the officials and judges. He then saw an ad looking for drivers for Meals on Wheels for Prairie Oasis and convinced Heather that she had to join as well, as he needed a partner. Together they delivered meals for many years and enjoyed getting out of the house and meeting a lot of people. The next big endeavor was Citizens on Patrol Program, under the Branon Police Service umbrella. Ralph volunteered in September 2009, learning how to patrol with Lloyd Nerbas, what to look for and if he thought the police should be called. In June 2011, he was elected Chairperson, and served in that position until 2017. Ralph took over as trainer with Lloyd Nerbas and Art Gauthier. COPP was also involved in Speed Watch, the Santa Clause Christmas Parade, School Patrol, MPI Care Seat Check for Children, the Kiwanis Car Derby Run – using the speed watch sign to see how fast the kids' cars were going, and the Traveler's Day Parade. His volunteering ended with his cancer diagnosis as he dealt with all that goes with cancer. During his cancer journey, Heather took him out of his comfort zone and planned a 9-day car trip to Las Vegas. This trip included a visit to Yellowstone National Park to see Old Faithful and a Chris Angel Mind Freak show at the Luxor Casino with Justin – they got excellent seats, just 5 rows from the front of the stage. Ralph had seen him on TV and thought he was awesome, but to see him in person was a whole different ball game. A few years later, Heather dragged him to Canyon Lake Resort in Texas for another nine days. After they got home, he did thank her for the great times he had, and he did enjoy every minute of both trips. Ralph had his "Stupid Book"; when Heather wanted to know what a stupid book was, he told her that he wrote down all the stupid things they ever did in their journey together. The first entry in the book was when Ralph and Heather went to Grand Forks to shop on a weekend, as soon as they crossed the border it started to snow and by the time they reached Grand Forks they were in the middle of a full scale blizzard. He continued to add to his book over the years, most stories pertained to their trips and when Heather would take over the driving. That book made Ralph and Heather's last day together very memorable as they spent the day laughing over all the things in that book and other crazy things they did. Left to cherish Ralph's memory are his wife Heather; two daughters Jennifer of Leduc, AB and Karen of Fredericton, NB; five grandchildren Brandon, Matlynn, Kierra, Cody and Matthew; four step-children Rodney, Glenn, Natasha (Dwayne) Moorehad and Justin (Angela); "PEI Son" Douglas Trainor; four grandchildren Crystal (Andrew) Martin, Nathan, Chelsey and Anya; and great grandchild Rosalie. He will also be lovingly remembered by his siblings Joanne (Pete Brammack) Dulenty of Moncton, NB; Donald (Deborah) Warman of Grande Prairie, AB; Wanda (Jerry) Trenholm of Riverview, NB; Susan (Robert) Wilson of Sackville, NB; Wade Warman of Vancouver, BC; Bonita (Harvey) Sprague of Grand Prairie, AB; Gordon Warman of Centerville, NB; and Sheldon (Marcia) Warman of Oakville, ON; sisters-in-law Joanne (Charlie) Cobb of Douglas, MB and Carol (George) Dennison of Brandon, MB; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. Ralph was predeceased by his parents Howard and Dorothy Warman, infant brother Rodney and parents-in-law William and Mary McLean. The Celebration of Ralph's Life will be held in the summer of 2022, Covid permitting, and he will be laid to rest at Madford Cemetery, Douglas, MB. Ralph always wanted to go home in his final days, so Heather will take him home until next summer. Donations in memory of Ralph may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 185 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 2B7 or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 1379 Kenaston Blvd, Winnipeg, MB R3P 2T5.

To My Husband,
When we get to the end of our lives together, the house we had, the cars we drove, the things we possessed won't matter. What will matter, is that I had you and you had me. Good-bye my love, I will always love you. Till we meet again.

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As published in Brandon Sun on Oct 16, 2021

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