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Ralph Norman McManus



On Dec 29, 1918, Ralph Norman McManus was born on a dry, southern Alberta farm where he worked and grew through drought and hard economic times into a wonderful man. On a fine, early spring day, March 14, 2012, he passed peacefully away at age 93 years. He is resting now with his father and mother Robert and Emma McManus and his sisters Hazel, Dwilla, and Marvel in a better place. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years Eileen Beryl; children Maureen (Larry Lunn), Patricia (Paul Marck) and Bob; grandchildren Miles, Rory, and Gavin as well as by his older brother, Leslie. Ralph’s principle joy in life was his family and celebrating their various accomplishments. He also took great pleasure in the game of golf, which his wife shared with him. We will greatly miss him as he was the inspiring pillar around which all our lives turned. Rest in peace Grampa, we love you dearly. Ralph was granted a MSc in Engineering from the University of Alberta in 1946 and qualified as a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Alberta, of which he later served as President. In 1952, Ralph was awarded a PhD for his doctoral thesis on reinforced concrete columns from the University of Illinois, which he attended on full scholarship. He returned from the University of Illinois in 1956 as a full professor of Engineering, and resigned in 1957 to devote his efforts full-time as a consultant in the newly created firm of T. Lamb, McManus & Associates, with offices in Edmonton, Calgary and later Winnipeg. He also continued to teach at the U of A. Ralph, and his partner Tom Lamb sold their interest in the company to its younger partners in 1972, and he moved on to project management with the Alberta Department of Environment, before finally retiring in 1989 at the age of 70. Ralph’s spirit lives on in many landmark Alberta works. He served as the structural engineer for both the Groat and James MacDonald bridges in Edmonton; the Chin Reservoir crossing in southern Alberta; and his favorite project of all – the Dunvegan suspension bridge across the mighty Peace River. He also helped bring water to southern Alberta when he project managed construction of the Dickson and Oldman River dams, and he designed the bike and pedestrian trails and bridges of Edmonton’s Capital City Recreation Park. In addition to his professional work, Ralph served as President of the Kiwanis Club of Edmonton; as President of the Royal Mayfair Golf and Country Club; on many Association of Professional Engineers of Alberta boards; and continued his long association with the U of A. including seven years as a member of the Board of Examiners, served on several committees of the National Research Council, including three years as a member and later chairman of the grant selection committee, which allocated research funds to university staff across Canada. Ralph traveled the world in his various capacities, but his home, and the place he always longed to return to, was his beloved Alberta. We will miss him dearly, and celebrate him always. We thank the doctors, nurses, and other staff of the Cross Cancer Institute, the University of Alberta Hospital, and St. Joseph’s Palliative Care unit for their kindness and care. The fullness of Ralph’s life will be celebrated on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at the Royal Mayfair Golf and Country Club, beginning at 12:00 p.m. His family asks that in lieu of flowers, those who would like to do so, please contribute to the Edmonton Youth Emergency Shelter Society.

In Loving Memory of
Ralph Norman McManus
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Funeral Service:
Celebration of Life
Sunday, March 25, 2012
12:00 PM
Royal Mayfair Golf and Country Club
9450 Groat Road NW, Edmonton, AB
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