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Minard, Ralph Edrick

Posted By Obits On December 1, 2009 @ 12:16 pm In Obituaries | 67 Comments


Minard, Ralph Edrick, 82, of Liverpool, Queens County, passed away Tuesday, December 1st, 2009, in Queens’ General Hospital, Liverpool.

           Born in Harmony Mills, he was a son of the late Roland and Daisy (Shay) Minard.

After 4 years at Caledonia Supply Company he had a 35 year career with Rossignol Sales Ltd., the last 15 years as co-owner.

He enjoyed cross country skiing, fishing, hunting, curling and time at his cottage. Ralph enjoyed people, especially time spent with family and friends.

He was very active in his community as Past President of Kinsmen and K-40, 13 years as a fireman and an elder in Zion United Church. Ralph served on the board of Queen’s County Fair Association, Zion United Church, the Boy’s School in Shelburne and South Shore Opportunities. He was very active in the PC Party provincially and federally. He was a life member of Zetland Lodge No. 9.

Ralph is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Catherine Joyce (Lohnes); daughters  Elizabeth Anne (Neil) Emenau, of Hebbville, Donna Lee (Cameron) Hartling, of Lower Sackville, his special grandchildren Melanie (Tyler) Waye and Adam Hartling, sister Kathleen (Murray) Smith, of Caledonia; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by brothers Wilbert, Clifford, Lawrence, Robert, Walter and Edgar and sister Marguerite Delong.

Visitation will be held Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m., at Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool. A Funeral Service will be held Friday, December 4th, 2009, at 11:00 a.m., from Zion United Church, Liverpool. Reverend Richard Bristo officiating. Burial will be in Zion United Church Cemetery, Payzant Street, Liverpool. Family flowers only, donations may be made to Zion United Church, Nova Scotia Heart and Stroke Foundation or Queens General Hospital Foundation. Online condolences may be made at www.chandlersfuneral.com

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Condolence from Janet and George Fletcher on December 1st, 2009 12:51 pm

Catherine, We were sorry to hear about Ralph. Our thoughts and our prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Bruce & Melanie Inglis on December 1st, 2009 12:56 pm

Catherine and family, please accept our thoughts of sympathy at the time of Ralph’s passing. He will be remembered fondly in the communities in which he lived and worked.

Condolence from Joyce & Jim Parks on December 1st, 2009 1:04 pm

Dear Catherine And Family.Our Thoughts And Prayers Are with At This Sad Time.May God Bless You All.

Condolence from Dorothy Jewers on December 1st, 2009 2:49 pm

I It is with much sorrow that I I send to Cathrine and the family my deepest regrets . I shall remember you all in my prayers .Remember, he has gone to a better place.

Condolence from DAVID WHYNOTT on December 1st, 2009 3:05 pm

Judy and I would like to send our deepest regrets on your loss.Ralph has been a great friend for over 40 years and was a great boss to work for and has been a great inspiration in my years in the business he loved. he always had a way to make you feel better when he was present.we will always remember him and miss him.

Condolence from Pam Frauley on December 1st, 2009 3:22 pm

Donna, we are very sorry to learn of your loss. Please know that Larry and I will keep you and Cameron and your family in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Condolence from Pember, Heddie, and Elbert Edwards on December 1st, 2009 4:08 pm

We are saddened to hear of Ralph’s passing. Our prayers are with you and the family. All our love.

Condolence from Bill and Madelyn Connolly on December 1st, 2009 4:19 pm

Please accept our heartfelt sympathy.

Condolence from Betty-Jean & Beverley Colp on December 1st, 2009 4:55 pm

Catherine and family our deepest sympathy in your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Denton & Jeannette Orde on December 1st, 2009 5:17 pm

We send our sincere condolences to you Catherine, and members of the family, Our prayer and thoughts are with you.

Condolence from Vernon and Nancy Oickle on December 1st, 2009 5:19 pm

Ralph was always such a nice friendly gentleman to talk to. Our thoughts are with the family in this time of grief.

Condolence from Heather and Michael Anthony on December 1st, 2009 5:32 pm

Dear Catherine and family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. I am very sure you have lots of happy memories that will bring you lots of comfort.
I will miss my hugs and smiles, but I have many tucked away and will treasure them always.
Heather and Michael

Condolence from Hugh Mosher on December 1st, 2009 6:32 pm

Dear Catherine and family,
My thoughts are with you all at this time. I have so many fond memories of our times in KIN, business dealings and even from opposite sides of the political fence. Ralph was always a perfect gentleman and a pleasure to be around. His smile was infectious.

Hugs and kindest regards, Hugh

Condolence from Sandra Turpin on December 1st, 2009 7:14 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time. Take care and God Bless.

Condolence from Rhonda , Dave, Kathryn and Stephanie Lacusta on December 1st, 2009 7:20 pm

We were very saddened to hear of Ralph’s passing. Our deepest heartfelt sympathy to all.

Condolence from Sally and Robert Fader on December 1st, 2009 7:39 pm

Catherine and family:

Robert and I are very saddened to hear of Ralph’s passing. Please accept our condolences and our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Condolence from Tammy (Stafford) Chymist on December 1st, 2009 7:53 pm

Catherine and Family,

I was sad to hear of Ralph’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Dot&Fred Lohnes on December 1st, 2009 7:57 pm

Catherine and family,,,,,,,Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Myrna Crouse on December 1st, 2009 8:03 pm

To Catherine, Elizabeth, Donna and families:
I am so saddened to hear of Ralph’s passing and my heart goes out to you folk for I know how difficult this time is. My thoughts and prayers are with you and you certainly have lots of years of good memories. I know I have and someday I’d like to share one with you. It is priceless. He was a tease but a sweetie. God bless you all.

Condolence from Shelly Shupe on December 1st, 2009 8:13 pm

To Elizabeth and the rest of her family,

I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I know how much he meant to you and how you enjoyed spending time with him. My heart is hurting for you at this time as it wasn’t so long ago that I lost my father, so I can say that I understand how you are feeling at this time and know that I really do.

If you need anything at all, just say the word and I’ll be there for you.

Hugs all around,

Condolence from Donna Bevis on December 2nd, 2009 4:51 am

To Donna Hartling and Family

Dawn and I were very sorry to read of the loss of your dad. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We hope you and your family are doing well.

Love to you all

Condolence from Deborah and Chuck Sponagle-Taylor on December 2nd, 2009 5:22 am

Catherine, Betty Ann , Donna and families,
I am so saddened by your loss. Please find some peace and strength in knowing so many care and our hearts ach for you at this very sad time.
Ralph was a wonderful man and Father,a true friend and very Special person who will never be forgotten.
God Bless you
My biggest hugs to you all.

Condolence from jean( margo.s mum on December 2nd, 2009 5:50 am

i am so sorry to hear of Ralph,spassing ….
my deepest sympathy ,,he was a great man and will be a big miss in the community….
hold on to memories ……

Condolence from Hugh Farquhar on December 2nd, 2009 5:50 am

I only met Ralph once, but my brother, Rev. Alex Farquhar, was very fond of him. They were great friends during my brother’s time in Liverpool, and Alex often spoke appreciatively of Ralph. I know if he was still with us, he would be making his way to Liverpool to celebrate Ralph’s life. As it is, perhaps they are having one of their lengthy chats in a better place! I pray God to give youall comfort and strength during these trying days.

Condolence from Duncan and Goretti Mac Isaac on December 2nd, 2009 6:54 am

Mrs. Minard and Family;
Although we did not know your Husband and Dad well, whenever we were in his presence he made us smile. His goodness and sincerity always shown through. May God take you in His care until you see Ralph again in Heaven.

The Mac Isaacs

Condolence from Gerald Keddy, MP on December 2nd, 2009 7:22 am

Dear Catherine and family,

I am sorry to learn of your loss and extend my sincerest condolences. Ralph will be respectfully remembered as well as deeply missed by his friends and family. May you find comfort and support in the days that lie ahead.

Sincerest Regards,

Gerald Keddy, MP
South Shore-St. Margaret’s

Condolence from Heather Anthony on December 2nd, 2009 7:34 am

Catherine and Family, my sincere sympathy to you at this time.

Condolence from Walter and Sherri Miller on December 2nd, 2009 8:25 am

Catherine and family:
We are sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing,please accept our condolences at this time,we knowit isnot easy for anyone

Condolence from Ben (Bernie) and Louise Knoll on December 2nd, 2009 8:33 am

Dear Catherine and Family: We were saddened to read of Ralph’s passing and extend our deepest sympathy to you all. I enjoyed working with Ralph and always looked forward to seeing him. He had a people personality (a very good salesman). We always intended to stop by on our few trips to the South Shore which never seemed to materialize, nevertheless, our thoughts were with him. He will be missed!

Condolence from Henriette Wilcox Frielink on December 2nd, 2009 9:44 am

Cathy, I am sorry to hear about Raalph. You had a great relationship and I am sure that love will sustain you now and in the days to come. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Karen Wallace on December 2nd, 2009 10:11 am

Dear Liz,
My thoughts are with you and your family. I remember the special bond you and your father had, may your memories ease your sorrow. Sincerely Karen – (from the yesterdays at NSIT). Take Care

Condolence from Philip & Rosalie Croft on December 2nd, 2009 10:27 am

Catherine & family,

We were both very sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing. We remember our days at Zion United very fondly. Ralph always had time for a smile and a chat. Even though we have moved to N.B. to be closer to our daughters and grandchildren we often talk about the folks back home, many of who are gone now. Ralph , I am sure, will be sadly missed by not only his family but everyone who knew him.
God bless you and your family during this difficult time.


Philip & Rosalie

Condolence from Bruce Edith Saunders on December 2nd, 2009 11:50 am

Dear Catherine and Family.
We are all better for knowing this wonderful man,and the fond memories we have of him.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love,Bruce and Edith.

Condolence from Byron Mansfield on December 2nd, 2009 12:21 pm

My thoughts are with Ralph’s family at this sad time.

Condolence from Keith and Vivian Wyer on December 2nd, 2009 12:47 pm

Dear Catherine and family: Keith and I wish to offer our deepest sympathies to all of you..You are in our thoughts and prayers. Vivian And Keith

Condolence from Joy Thibault on December 2nd, 2009 1:11 pm

Donna and family
Our condolences to you and your family, God Bless You All
Joy and John

Condolence from Kim Masland on December 2nd, 2009 2:13 pm

Dear Catherine and family.

I am sorry to learn of Ralph’s passing. Ralph was a wonderful man who always made me smile. His wit and humor were what kept me sane during many long days on the campaign trail. Ralph and RK taught me everything I know about politics. I appreciated his friendship and will never forget him.

Take care Catherine.
Love you lots
Kim, Adam, Kelsey and Kieran

Condolence from Murray & Myrna Wigglesworth on December 2nd, 2009 2:41 pm

Our sincerest condolences to the Family.

Condolence from lynn(Saulnier) rafuse on December 2nd, 2009 3:15 pm

My condolences to all of you on the loss of your Dad and Husband.

Condolence from Karen (Sabin)Watson on December 2nd, 2009 3:52 pm

Catherine andfamily,
I was saddened to read in the paper about Ralph’s passing today.
I want to offer my condolences to you all. Ralph was a fine fellow who always had a friendly smile.
My thougths and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Condolence from Sharon (Young) Dickson on December 2nd, 2009 4:28 pm

Dear Catherine and girls: I was so very sorry to read of Ralph’s passing. It was very strange but I thought of you both a few days ago and wondered how you both were, Ralph was such a very nice man, and I always enjoyed your visits when you would stop in to see my grandparents ( Your Aunt Etta). Wayne passed away just two years ago, so I know how you must all feel. My love and prayers are with you at this very sad time in your life. One of your cousins Sharon Dickson

Condolence from Darrell and Connie Hannam on December 2nd, 2009 5:52 pm

Dear Catherine and family,
We extend our sincere sympathy in the loss of a husband and Dad.
Ralph will be in a much better place and you will cherish all the good memoirs had by your family.

God Bless

Condolence from Jan & Garnett Winchester on December 2nd, 2009 7:18 pm

Our hearts and thoughts are with you and your family, Catherine. Ralph was always a kind and gentle man and will be missed

Condolence from Maxine (Murray) Stewart on December 2nd, 2009 7:20 pm

Dear Catherine and family…….
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you, as I remember Ralph as a good friend since our teenage days.
My husband didn’t have a chance to get to know him all that well, but enjoyed meeting him and knowing he was a friend of mine.
He joins me in sending sincere condolences.
Alan and Maxine (Murray) Stewart

Condolence from Erin on December 2nd, 2009 8:06 pm

So sorry to hear about Ralph’s passing. He was such a wonderful man and I really enjoyed meeting him & spending time at the cottage. Thinking of you all.

Condolence from Marilyn (McGinty) Cobb on December 2nd, 2009 8:26 pm

To all of Ralph’s family, I would like to extend my sincere condolances. In particular, I would like to let Kay & Murray know that I am thinking of them at this sad time. I had not seen Ralph for many years but I remember him well from when I lived in the area.


Condolence from Bob & Pat Hamilton, Waverley on December 3rd, 2009 10:40 am

We are sorry to hear about your father’s passing and our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. Cherish the good times.

Condolence from Gordon and Jackie Eisnor on December 3rd, 2009 10:44 am

To Catherine and family sorry to hear of Ralph passing . our thought are with you all .

Condolence from Carol & Bob Wilkinson on December 3rd, 2009 12:39 pm

Catherine & Family

We would like to extend our Deepest Sympathy and want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Carol & Bob Wilkinson

Condolence from Carol Shannon on December 3rd, 2009 12:46 pm

We are saddened by the passing of our sweet Uncle Ralph, but comforted knowing he is at peace. He was a loving uncle and a wonderful man.
Our condolences to Aunt Catherine, Liz, Donna and all who loved him.

Kenny, Carol, Jay and Kathleen.

Condolence from Jean [Chute] Byers and Neil on December 3rd, 2009 1:18 pm

Dear Catherine and family– Remembering Ralph from many years ago , 69 in fact, and remembering all the joy he and his special friend Royce brought into my young life, always smiling and kind . My, we had wonderful times. Though I seldom saw him or his family , over the years his memory has always burned steady in my thoughts and I never failed to enquire after him. I cry over his passing but know that God’s timing is never wrong and through his great love he will be looking after each of you. Prayers and Love to you all. Jeanie

Condolence from John Wiles on December 3rd, 2009 2:55 pm

Dear Catherine, Liz and Donna,

Our deepest condolences to you and your familes at this time. Our thoughts are with you.

John and Stephanie

Condolence from Peggy Kelley on December 3rd, 2009 3:53 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you all in your time of sorrow.

Condolence from Anne Shay Kempton on December 3rd, 2009 5:21 pm

To Ralph’s family:

I was sincerely sad to hear of Ralph’s passing. I always enjoyed the times we ran into each other at gatherings with the family. Some gatherings were sad and some happy. Ralph always had a smile on his face and some news to share.

Ralph was a great person and his memory will live on in the hearts of the people who knew and cared about him.

Sincerely regards,

Anne Shay Kempton & family
Kingston, Kings Co. NS

Condolence from David Pine on December 4th, 2009 4:03 am

Donna, we are sorry to hear of your dads passing. Although things will not be the same without him around we are certain that you and your family all have great memories which you can cherish forever. We are thinking of you and send our deepest condolences.

David, Kim and Nicholas Pine

Condolence from Karen Gehue on December 4th, 2009 7:33 am

Dear Catherine and Family,
My deepest condolences to you and your family in your time of sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Karen Gehue

Condolence from Ruth Anne Zwicker on December 4th, 2009 10:25 am

Dear Catherine and family,

I was so sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing. I viewed the photo slide show. It was wonderful to see your family sharing so many wonderful moments. Ralph had such a great smile. It made smile just looking at the pictures. My thoughts are prayers are with you all.

Sincerely, Ruth Anne

Condolence from Paul & Gail (Merry) Fancy on December 4th, 2009 1:45 pm

Catherine and girls- I have many fond memories of Ralph in my
years of living in Liverpool. He was a very kind and friendly man and always took the time to stop and talk no matter how busy he might have been. He will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Gail(Merry) Fancy

Condolence from Stephen & Janis Oliver on December 5th, 2009 8:14 am

Catherine, Elizabeth, Donna and family, We are sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

Condolence from Millard shirley and Barbie on December 6th, 2009 5:15 pm

Catherine Elizabeth and Donna, sorry to hear of Ralphs passing. Our thoughts are with you.

Condolence from Pat Hansen on December 7th, 2009 1:26 pm

Dear Catherine and Family: I was so sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing. My sincere thoughts and Sympathy are with you all at this sad time. I have such fond memories of our fun times together at the lake. With sympathy and understanding, Sincerely, Pat Hansen

Condolence from Diane Duquette (nee Croft) on December 9th, 2009 12:26 am

To Catherine and family,

My sincerest sympathy to all of you. I know how difficult this must be for you but you will have beautiful memories forever.

Condolence from David Chute on December 9th, 2009 4:30 pm

Ralph has been an institution in my family for all of my life and as long as I remember. My father Earl celebrates Ralph’s life as warmly as any family member he has ever had.

Friendship comes in all sizes and shapes and the smile, the twinkling eyes and the character is forever imprinted on my mind.

Ralph played no small part in protecting if not saving my life at one critical point in my childhood. I expect my parents shared their gratitude with Ralph at one time or another but I never knew how…other than to live my life well…giving when and in less significant ways as Ralph did for me. I can’t say I ever knew how to properly respect what Ralph gave to me other than to ‘pay it forward’ as opportunities have presented.

Ralph may be gone but he’ll never be forgotten as long as I’m alive and aware of just how precious life is…

Memories of Ralph will stir many a thought as we move forward and most everything we recall will recreate those sensibilities that we admired throughout his life.

Condolence from Joy Melanson on December 12th, 2009 7:03 am

To Catherine, Liz and Donna and families:
I have many fond memories of Ralph at the cottage and I am saddened by his passing. He often called me snooks and was always smiling and made you feel welcome. I am very sorry for your loss. Hugs to you all. Joy

Condolence from Val & John Kempton on December 15th, 2009 3:17 am

Catherine, Liz & Donna – Please accept our sincere condolences on your loss.

Condolence from Kim Harvey on December 18th, 2009 1:35 pm

Catherine and family:

I am saddened to hear the news of Ralph’s passing. He was always so friendly to me when I visited my Dad at the Rossignol office many years ago.

My thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time.


Condolence from Evie Clark on December 29th, 2009 6:19 am

Donna, Elizabeth & families –

So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Hope you are all doing well during this difficult time. Best wishes, Barrie & Evie (giggle soup).

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