Ralph Richardson, 87, of R.R. #2, Devlin, Ont., passed away Sunday, April 26, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. He was born Aug. 19, 1910 in Sunnyside, County of Durham, England to the late John and Isabel Richardson.
Mr. Richardson came to Canada in May, 1927 and settled in the Devlin area, where he had lived since. He had worked as a lead charge hand at Victoria Plywood, where he was employed for 20 years, retiring in 1975.
He also served for five years with the Naval Reserve Engineering Branch in the Royal Canadian Navy.
He enjoyed the simple things in life, and loved birdwatching, fishing, and gardening. He also was interested in photography, leatherwork, and carpentry.
He is survived by his two sisters, Edna Miller of Fort Frances, Ont. and Bessie Hicketts of Thunder Bay, Ont.; and his adopted daughter, Katheryn Pettis of Devlin, Ont.
Also surviving are four grandchildren, Norman, Tammy, Kevin, and Joleen; three great-grandchildren; nephews, Gary Miller and wife, Diane, of Crozier, Ont., Jack Miller of Atikokan, Ont., Dian Webb of Dryden, Ont., and Edward Hicketts of Kamloops, B.C.; nieces, Betty Whatley and husband, Jim, and Joyce Essa and husband, Reg, all of Thunder Bay, Ont.; as well as great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 28, 1998 at 10 a.m. at Green Funeral Home. Rev. Garth Clifford officiated, with interment in Devlin Cemetery in Devlin.
A private family visitation was held Monday, April 27 at Green Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Gary Miller, Jack Miller, Norman Pettis, Darryl Shine, Brian Wilson, and Ed Fautsch.
The Royal Canadian Legion Br. 99 “Colour Party” from Emo performed their Legion tribute following the funeral service.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, 840 Frenette Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 2N5, or to the charity of your choice.