Ralph Pavey

At his home in Alvinston, with family by his side, on Friday, November 8, 2019, Ralph Franklin Pavey passed away peacefully. Ralph was born November 24, 1935 in Brooke township. He attended school in Alvinston and Watford. He met the love of his life, Velma Hodgson, in 1952 and they were married in 1956. They were together for over 64 years until her passing in 2016. Ralph began his career with Towland Hewitson in London, Ontario and was transferred to various small towns in Northwestern Ontario. Ralph and Velma eventually settled in Kenora, Ontario, where they lived until his retirement in 1995. The house in Kenora was always open to friends and foster children. He treated them all as his own. Ralph was respected for his work ethic, dedication to his job and to his co-workers. Ralph could always be counted on to finish a job, yet still find time to check on the rest of his crew, and help out wherever needed. Even as the foreman, he would wear out his favourite grade rake, and would have to have new tines welded on, just to get through to the end of the season. He was a man who got the most out of everything, and wasted nothing. He was a perfectionist in all aspects of his job. Ralph worked at Towlands for 40 years, an accomplishment he was very proud of. After Ralph’s retirement, he and Velma moved back to Alvinston, where they were both born and raised. They spent the rest of their retirement there, travelling to Kenora in the summer, and Florida in the winter. They spent many winters in Florida, and always looked forward to seeing their “Southern” family. Ralph was always a social butterfly, he loved to meet new people, and visit with old friends, as well. He had an uncanny knack to recall people, places and things. If anyone needed information or clarification, he was the person we turned to. He had a natural sense of humour. We will miss hearing that laugh. Ralph loved hunting, fishing, gardening, gambling, playing cards, and watching sports. He especially loved watching baseball, whether it was his children or grandchildren’s team, the Alvinston Aces, or the Blue Jays. He was a loyal fan. Ralph leaves his children Steve (Kim), Gerry (Ray), Tammy (Darren), Fred (Doreen), Rick (Nicole), Roger (Mary), and daughter-in-law, Kim. Ralph will be missed by his grandchildren Trevor, Jennifer, Tyler, Mike, R.J., Ashley, Megan, Cody, Ricky, Travis, Taylor, Riley, Spencer, Chelsea, Lucas and Quinn, and great grandchildren Natalia, Hayden, Blaine, Cali, Emily, Junuh, Mackenzie, Carson, and Sullivan. He leaves his sister Edna Grover (Mac), sisters- in- law Chris McCabe, Vivian Riedel, and Carol Hodgson. Ralph also leaves many extended family members, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Ralph was predeceased by his parents Leland and Irene Pavey, his in-laws Howard and Phyllis Hodgson, his son Mike, brother Ray (late Kay), sister Diane Redick (late Bill) and brother-in-law Ron. As per Ralph’s wishes, cremation has taken place and his family will celebrate his life at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff of the palliative care program, who were instrumental in Ralph’s care and allowed him to remain at home throughout his illness.

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