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Ralph Arrison



It is with heartfelt sadness that the family of Ralph LeRoy Arrison announces his death at 103 years in Edmonton, Alberta. Ralph was born on the family farm at Makepeace, Alberta and grew up near Bassano and Mossleigh. Plans to attend medical school were stymied by the Great Depression and he instead became a teacher and principal in Rosemary, Alberta, where he met and married Mollie Berry. Ralph loved to fly and during World War 2, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, spending much of the war as a flight instructor for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. After the war he farmed at Mossleigh and later ranched and taught school at Bassano. In 1962, he moved his family to Edmonton where he completed his Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta before continuing his teaching career at Victoria Composite High School and later at Sherbrooke Junior High School.

Throughout his life and after his retirement in 1977, Ralph travelled extensively with his wife and later his children, driving several times across Canada and visiting all 50 US states, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe and Australia. Of all the places he travelled, Hawaii held a special spot in his heart, and it was there where he and his family gathered for his 100th birthday celebration in 2013.

Ralph was a generous community supporter who found time to volunteer for many good causes. He was keenly active in Alberta and federal politics, helping to found the Reform Party of Canada. He was also a beautiful singer and popular performer at community functions and family occasions.

Ralph is survived by his children; Norm, Hugh (Darlene), Linda (Harold) and Susan (Alf), and many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by the love of his life, Mollie, in 2004 after 64 years of marriage, and by his second wife, Aileen, in 2008; (they married in 2007, and at that time, Ralph at 94 was the oldest person on record to be married in the province).

Ralph was known for his graciousness, intelligence, generosity, humour and most importantly, his love and commitment to family. He was also a role model of moderation and self-discipline and a man who lived and enjoyed his long life to its fullest. He will forever be remembered and deeply missed.

A Memorial Service will be held at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home at 10011- 114 Street NW, Edmonton on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

In Loving Memory of
Ralph Arrison
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Memorial Service
Saturday, June 18, 2016
1:00 PM
Downtown Chapel
10011 - 114 Street
Edmonton, AB
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