Ralph Herman passed away peacefully with his family by his side on October 29, 2021, in his 92nd year.
He spent his entire life in the Stratford area, born to Maggie (Seebach) and David Herman. He was predeceased by the love of his life, our mother Mary (Dunsmore) in 2017. Father of Kathleen (Joe) Herzig, John (Ruth) Herman, and Tom Herman (Angie). Loved grandfather of Chris Herzig (Jessica), Jessica Secord (Jeff), Jennifer Oesch (Jason), Jeff Herman, Trevor Herman (Corinne), Jasmine Schwab, Morgan Borek (Andrew), Melissa Bender (Corey), Jessica Kamp, and Megan Herman. Great grandfather to Jacob, Bryson, Olivia, Anika, Joseph, and Jordyn. Ralph will be missed by his sister Wilma Czarny, sisters-in-law Jean Herman, Jessie (Doug) Scheuermann, and Mary Dunsmore, as well as brother-in-law Tom Dunsmore. and fondly remembered by many wonderful nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by sons Randy (2018), Rick (1994), and Barry (2001), as well as his brother Wilbert, sisters Florence Wiggins (Tony), Vera Lewis (Chester), and Gladys Eidt (John); brothers-in-law John Czarny and Jack Dunsmore, and sister-in-law Elaine Dunsmore.
As a highly skilled tradesman, Ralph had his own plumbing business for over 25 years and retired as plumbing inspector for the city of Stratford and the president of the Ontario Plumbing Inspectors Association. He built many homes from the ground up and was a very talented woodworker. Many of his creations can be found in the houses of his friends and family.
Ralph was always very involved in the community. He was an active member of the Optimist Club, Masons, Shriners, and coached many hockey and baseball teams throughout his life.
He also loved to play baseball, hockey, and especially golf. An accomplished golfer, his proudest moment was winning the inaugural Smith Open in 1991.
Mary and Ralph shared a wonderful life, raised six kids, and enjoyed travelling. They spent many years exploring the continent in their motor home.
Ralphs wishes were to be buried beside his true love in Sebringville, Cemetery, with a private family graveside service.
During the recent difficult times, we also experienced “the best.” Dad received amazing kindness and support from family and neighbours, as well as compassionate and expert care from each of his caregivers. Deepest appreciation to the wonderful CarePartners nurses and to Dr. Anstett, Dr. Merotto, and the nurses and reception at the Stratford Health Team. As expressions of sympathy memorial donations may be made to
Kids Help Phone, Stratford General Hospital Foundation, Zion Lutheran Church through the W. G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron St, Stratford, ON. 519.271.7411. www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com
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