Ralph Martin

Ralph Martin

Monday, June 29th, 1931 - Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
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Ralph Martin
June 29, 1931 – April 17, 2019

Ralph G. Martin, 87, passed away April 17, 2019 at his home in Collingwood. He was born in Belleville in 1931 to Colin and Rosella Martin. Ralph will be lovingly remembered by his wife Erleen, daughter Sherri, sons Scott (Wendy) and Sean (Jamie), his grandchildren Brooklin, Tivon, Cooper and Jackson, brother-in-law Bill Siegner (Phyllis), and many nieces and nephews, friends and former students. Ralph is pre-deceased by his parents and siblings (Roland, Phyllis, Clint and Jackie).

Ralph graduated from Harriston High School, Stratford Teachers College and Waterloo Lutheran University. He taught for 35 years, starting in a 2-room school house in Uxbridge, then on to Hamilton and finished his career in Walkerton where he raised his family. He taught everything from Phys Ed and Geography to English and Consumer Studies, but his heart belonged to the incredible Theatre Arts (Drama) program he developed at WDSS, from which he was able to watch several students progress on to careers in professional theatre. Not one to sit still for long, after retiring from teaching, he joined Investors Group as a Financial Planner for 10 years.

Ralph was always passionate about geography, history and travel, and opened North America and the world to Erleen and their children. Whether a drive on the local backroads, cross-country camping, or expeditions to far-flung lands, he always engaged the locals to learn more about them, their land and their lives and often found himself invited to their supper table. Every trip was a lesson in life.

He enjoyed playing many sports – especially hockey (he was one hell-of-a goalie!) and curling (once skipped an “8-ender”) and was a life-long fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and his Hamilton Ti-Cats. Ralph loved directing high school and community theatrical productions, coaching minor hockey, sporty cars and his dogs. He was so proud of his children and grandkids as well as his students – many of whom have remained friends all these years.

Ralph loved music and dancing and was always the life of the party. He never lost his infectious joie de vivre and his sense of humour was with him till the end.

The family wants to sincerely thank the local LHIN and the PSWs and nurses from We Care and St. Elizabeth for their uplifting kindness and devotion to Ralph. You brightened even his bad days. A very special thank you to Dr. Wells for all his wonderful support in making a difficult time easier.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Fawcett Funeral Home at 82 Pine Street, Collingwood, on Saturday May 4, from 1– 4 p.m., with remembrances at 3:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be gratefully appreciated by the family.
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    Saturday, May 4th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Saturday, May 4th, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Fawcett Funeral Homes - Collingwood Chapel
    82 Pine Street
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    Celebration of Life from 1-4 p.m. with remembrances at 3 p.m.


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Bill Ferguson

Posted at 09:25am
Dear Erleen & Family
I was saddened today to read Ralph's obituary in the Walkerton paper. It took me back to those days when Ralph coached our boys in hockey. We had a great group of parents those seasons and one heck of a lot of fun too. I'll never forget the fortune cookie caper at the Chinese Restaurant. I laugh every time I think of it. Sadly, there are now too many faces missing from that cast of characters including my own wife Linda who died about a month before Ralph, so believe me when I say I know the pain you are going through. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
Bill Ferguson

Catriona, Alenia, Lisa, Laura and Nancy

Posted at 07:30pm
Forever etched in our hearts Mr. Martin, fond memories of WDSS and the wonderful drama teacher that brought life to our high school years.
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Donna [Weltz] Marchesich-Henderson

Posted at 04:45pm
Earleen and family: Sincere condolences on Ralph's passing. I remember his teaching days at WDSS. May peace and love sent to you at this time. Donna [Weltz] Marchesich-Henderson

Donna [Weltz] Marchesich-Henderson

Posted at 04:45pm
Earleen and family: Sincere condolences on Ralph's passing. I remember his teaching days at WDSS. May peace and love sent to you at this time. Donna [Weltz] Marchesich-Henderson

Jim Beattie

Posted at 07:47pm
In 2014 or 2015 I called Ralph after not seeing him for about 55 years, since grade 7 at Adelaide Hoodless in Hamilton, and he said "Jim Beattie, where have you been!" I visited him and Erleen a few weeks later and had a wonderful time. Ralph had our class perform "L'll Abner" and my year with him was filled with fun and good friends. He was injured in a baseball game when I was one of his class prefects. I will n ever forget him taking fellow prefect Marlene Bloom and me aside, urging us to be helpful and to make sure the class co-operated with the substitute. His sincere trust in us was very important to me, a child of a single parent. Thank you for contacting me Erleen. Jim

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