Ralph Stuart
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Obituary of Ralph Frederick Stuart

Beloved husband of the late Rita Mary Bernice Stuart, Ralph Frederick Stuart was born on March 23, 1929, at Imperial, Saskatchewan to Charles Clifford and Margaret Stuart. He passed away on May 27,2019, in Three Hills at the age of 90.  His siblings were Sam(Edith)of Aldergrove ,BC; Max(Alice) of Surrey, BC; Margaret(Verdun) Dutertre of Wakaw, SK; Ethel (Vern) Huggins of Tsawwassen BC; Sheila (Doug) Foster, Tsawwassen, BC; and Mona(Felix) Conan of Abbotsford, BC.

With the depression years upon them the family moved frequently looking for a printing business to provide a better income. They resided for various lengths of time at Dundurn, Bruno, Saskatoon, & Kipling, SK. Ralph began his school years in Regina then moved to Constance, Rockglen, Blaine Lake and Wakaw where his mother passed away in 1946. After receiving his high school diploma in 1947, he moved to Trochu, AB to assist his dad in operating the Tribune newspaper and printing shop which his brother Sam & wife Edith had purchased from the Gare family in 1946.

Always an ardent ball player Ralph fulfilled his “field of dreams” by taking the summer of 1951 off work to play baseball for the Calgary Buffaloes, Brooks, Eckville, Athalmer, BC, and the Red Deer Elks who won the Alberta Senior Provincial Championship. After a few months driving vehicles for Western Command in Edmonton he returned to the Tribune. In July 1952 he married Rita Mary Bernice Doherty of Edmonton. They have four children Douglas(Carmen) of St. Albert, Colleen(Lloyd)Trentham of Three Hills, Kathryn Gaboury(Clayton Gordon) of Trochu and Donald(Sandy) of Edmonton. After his dad's death in 1956 Ralph operated the Tribune until 1977 when he accepted employment at St. Mary's Hospital in the Housekeeping Dept. where he was supervisor from 1982-1993 when he retired. He served a year as Vice President of the Alberta Hospital Housekeeping Association. and was Representative of District 5. Always active in Trochu's business life he was Secretary of the Board of Trade for some time. He also served as Secretary of St. Mary's Hospital Advisory Board and a term on St. Anne's Parish Council. Active in sports, he played for the Senior Cardinals from 1948-1977 and was manager since 1953. He also coached various Bantam & midget teams and was always proud of the skill & behavior of his boys. He also agreed to a short term as Manager of the Arena's hockey team, a sport he admired but did not play. He was President of the Badminton Club, an active tennis player and served on various Committees of the Curling Club, representing the District at the Brier playdowns in 1967 & 1968. As a Life Member of the Elks he served as Exalted Ruler & Secretary and was a member of the Elks Arena Committee.

Besides his immediate family he is survived by 9 grandchildren, Colin, Miriam and Andreˊ Stuart, Derek, Stuart and Aaron Trentham, Adam, Lance and Cole Gaboury as well as 18 great-
grandchildren.

By request there is no service. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice. 

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