Ralph Reinhardus

It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Roelof (Ralph) Reinhardus on April 22nd, 2021, at home, surrounded by family. Ralph was born 73 years ago at Veenhuizen, Netherlands. He immigrated to Canada with his family 2 days before his 9th birthday and was proud to call Canada home. Predeceased by his parents Hendrik and Cornelia (VanMourik) Reinhardus and his sister Roelie (Koert) Fekkes. Also his in-laws Alex and Shirley Thibert and sister in-law Elaine Thibert. He is survived by his wife and best friend Janice (Thibert), and devoted children Steven (Tasha), Lauren (Joey), Daniel (Tosha), Jeff Haggerty, and Tracy Daichendt. Ralph will also be forever missed by his grandchildren Liam, Logan, Naish, Kian, and Mira. He leaves behind siblings John (Donna) Reinhardus of Chatham, Gerrit (Barbara) Reinhardus of Ottawa, Carel (Sandra) Reinhardus of South Hampton, Toni (Fred) Vandernaalt of Chatham, and Albert Reinhardus of Chatham. In-laws, Nancy (late Tom) Drouillard of Wallacetown, and Patricia Girard of Windsor. Predeceased by in-laws Ron (Patt) Thibert and Carole Clute (Len MacDougall). He will forever be cherished by several beloved nieces and nephews who were proud to call him “Uncle Ralph”. The hole he has left in our hearts will never be filled…until we meet again.

 He began his working career in banking for the Bank of Montreal in West Lorne. Ralph retired from BMO after 40 years, then ended his financial career at Alterna Savings. Through his life, Ralph was an active Scouting and Venture leader, loved camping, travel, and spending time with friends and family from Holland, Canada, USA, and South Africa. Anyone who knew Ralph, knew he was thoughtful, kind, generous, adventurous, and never sat still. He has been cremated in his favourite “Pineapple Suit” along with mementos from his grandchildren. His family wishes to express special Thanks to dear friends for all the love and support over this 19 month journey. A private service will take place and a celebration of Ralph’s life at a later date as per COVID restrictions. Friends or family planning an expression of remembrance are asked to consider making a donation to the “VON Chatham-Kent Kid’s Circle Program” www.von.ca, or a charity of their choice. 


83 Comments on “Ralph Reinhardus”

  1. My deepest sympathies Lauren, a very kind and funny man. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Condolence To Steve and Janice and Family,

    I am sorry for loss of wonderful husband and dad and grandpa. just remember the good memories you all have with Ralph. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and this difficult time. I will be prayer your family.

  3. Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to you Jan and Steven, Lauren, Dan and family with the loss of a wonderful husband, father, Opa and uncle. Ralph was a wonderful and caring man. We will miss his big smiles and hugs that he gave so easily. He always made everyone feel welcome and special. You are all in our thoughts and prayers, and may God give you His love and strength during this very difficult time.

  4. Our sincere condolences to Jan and the rest of the family. We are so honored to call this very loving and funny man our friend. We have some great memories because of him and Jan. So glad we met on a cruise many years ago. They ended up along with Hec and Diane at our dinner table. We knew by the end of dinner we will be life long friends. We will miss him dearly and although our hearts are broken we know he is at peace now. Love you forever.❤️❤️❤️❤️

  5. Lauren, My heart is heavy with the news of your dad’s passing. He was a good guy all the way around. God had a plan for him.
    He was a good dad to you and your brothers, and good at his job too. You will have a void where he used to be but the memories will last forever.
    I will pray for you and your family.

  6. Jan & family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Ralph was such a kind and generous person and will be missed by many. Jan you have so many beautiful memories to cherish….just keep them in mind.
    Love Cyndy

  7. Jan and family. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Please know that my prayers and thoughts are with you.

  8. Jan, Lauren, Steven and Dan and Families
    Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of Ralph. I was blessed to meet him through Jan. He always had a joyful spirit and always left me with a smile. He was a truly an incredible person and a true one of a kind. He will be missed greatly.
    Love and Prayers Always

  9. Dear Jan and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you on your loss.
    Ralph when he was working at B of M in Tilbury, I was working at the same time.
    We had a good time with staff as it was a great bunch to work with.
    Hold on to all your happy memories of Ralph, as we all had good memories working with Ralph.
    Prayers are with you!
    Vaughn and Linda Chevalier

  10. Heavy hearts we carry with your loss our condolences go out to the families at this difficult time we hold you deeply in our prayers

  11. Dear Aunt Jan, Lauren, Steven, Daniel and families.
    Our hearts are breaking with you! I wish we could hug you all! We have so many great memories of Uncle Ralph. We can’t wait to share memories, food and drinks with you.
    Pete and I are sending love and prayers to you.

    Much love always
    Pete and Amarilis

  12. Our thoughts and prayers to Jan, Steven, Lauren and Dan and the Reinhardus family for the loss of a very dear husband, father, grandfather..may precious memories fill your lives and hearts with happiness knowing how much he loved each and every one of you..love and hugs…

  13. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with Jan and Family.We had the pleasure of meeting Jan and Ralph in Cape Breton.They are both beautiful people we will always remember them.I know Ralph will be missed he left a mark on our hearts.R.I.P Ralph.

  14. Jan,Steve, Lauren,Dan and families you are held in our thoughts and prayers as you deal with the loss of a incredible husband, loving father and dear grandfather. He was a strong, gracious, kind, loving and inclusive man with a heart of gold. HIs presence always made us smile and brightened our day. We have so many fabulous memories of our adventures with Ralphie.
    Love and hugs…Dianne and Hec

  15. Thinking of your family during this most difficult time Janice. Treasure the fond memories that you have made throughout the years. Sending our love Mike, JIll and Jennica Lemieux

  16. My thoughts and good wishes towards family and friends. I’ll never forget this incredible man. Always a goofball with a huge smile on his face.

  17. Dear Jan and Family,
    My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May your many good memories bring you comfort!

    Love and prayers
    Michelle Mason

    1. Jan, Steven, Lauren, and Dan you are heald in my thoughts and prayers during this time. I will forever hold on to the many memories of our Friday night dinners and games, Thanksgiving’s at the dork hotel, east coast travels, winterlude in Ottawa, my birthday celebrations, and all the many times Ralph brought a smile to my face. I love you all.

  18. Our deepest sympathy to all of you . Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time .

  19. Dear Jan and family. I was so sorry to learn of Ralph’s Passing. He was a wonderful and gracious man. May God bless and comfort you at this very difficult time. My prayers are with you.

    1. My deepest sympathies to Jan and your family. We are all better people for the privilege of knowing Ralph. He was always a bright shining star. May you find peace and comfort in all the great memories of him. Love and prayers to you

  20. Jan & Family: so sorry to read of Ralph’s passing – my thoughts & prayers are with you at this most difficult time – he was a very kind, funny man – met him through our bus trips with ALC – chereish the memories

  21. Dear Jan and family
    We remember picking up that pineapple suit from your good friends in michigan. Just like ralph it brought a huge smile to our faces.
    Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

  22. Condolances to Jan and family. I worked with Ralph for several years & remember his great sense of humor…I love his pineapple suit….a fun guy right to the end.

  23. John and Donna, My sincere condolences of the passing of your brother and brother -in-law. RIP Ralph

  24. Jan, Steve, Lauren, Dan and families, please accept our sincere condolences. Our hearts are heavy with the news of Ralph’s passing. May he rest in eternal peace. He was always fun to be around and put you at ease right away. Ralph was an excellent Scouter, the boys learned from him and in turn he learned from them. He treated everyone fairly. He will be greatly missed!

  25. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jan and her family and to Ralph’s sister, Toni. God Bless you all

  26. So sorry to hear of Ralphs’ passing. Just remember all the good memories to help get through the sadness of the present time. God bless.

  27. Our sincere condolences to Janice and family. Our thoughts are with you.

    Paul & Marjolein, Groningen.

  28. Dear Jan,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing. You have a huge hole in your life now but true nurse and healer that you are, you will heal all around you! He is now at rest, free from suffering. Take comfort in your wonderful memories.

    Deb Powers ( the wizard of oz cyclist)

    1. Dear Jan and family,
      So sorry for your loss. Hoping you find comfort in all the wonderful memories you have of Ralph. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  29. Dear Jan, Steven, Lauren and Daniel,
    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. I worked with Ralph at BMO, and he was always a hoot to work with, let alone have a chat in his office. He always could put a smile on my face, and was always there to listen to me if I had a problem or issue about work. He sure loved life and loved his family, always talking about the kids and grandkids. He was a firecracker and was always on the go or planning some adventure. It was a pleasure knowing him and I laugh thinking of fun times we had at work. Keep those loving memories and laughter in your hearts. He will always be with you and keep you safe.
    Love and prayers, Carol and Frank Reeb

  30. Dear Jan and Family
    Our sincerest condolences at the passing of Ralph. Those closest to you understand the profound loss this is for you and your family.
    he will be missed. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    The Nichols Clan….Bryan, Joanne and Jarrod and Quinn

  31. Jan and family! So sorry for your loss. Ralph was a great guy and always fun to be around. We enjoyed our Trivia nights and all of the other events he volunteered for. He will truly be missed. Sending virtual hugs.

  32. Dear Jan, Steven, Lauren, Daniel,
    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. I worked with Ralph at bmo. He was great to work with, so much fun and energetic . He was always available to chat if I needed to vent, and I would always leave with a smile or a laugh.
    He sure loved his family, always talking about you and the kids and the grandkids. He sure loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest. Keep those happy memories in your heart, and remember Ralph will always be with all or you.

  33. Dear cousin Janice, we are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love Diane and Casey Homick

  34. Aunt Jan,Steven,Lauren,Daniel and all the family…Thursday April 22/2021 we lost a mentor,role model,friend and family member that I had the honor of calling my Uncle….We will miss your hugs,kisses,smile,advice,charm,optimistic attitude and the love you had for life and your family….The world will miss you and life will never be the sameRest easy Uncle Ralph❤️❤️❤️

  35. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. He is loved, he is missed he is at Peace. God Bless…Sharon Sims

  36. Dear Jan
    So sorry to hear of Roy’s passing.Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.Hugs coming your way!

  37. Jan and family, my sincere condolences to you. How hard he fought. How brave he was in doing so. It speaks volumes to the kind of man he was and the love he had for you all. And the pineapple suit, well that says a lot right there. One of a kind in so many ways. Rest in peace.

  38. Dear Jan and family,
    I worked with Ralph at BMO and visited with him often when he worked for Alterna , where he worked with my daughter Becky. Ralph’s special gift was his smile that he shared so often. We would often talk about the “theme “ parties that he loved to hold, with Jan’s help. Memories of our BMO Christmas parties bring a smile to my face. He worked hard, but believed in family . He will be missed. I hope sharing the happy memories lighten your heavy hearts.
    Larry and. Marlain Wolfe

  39. Steven and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May all your special memories comfort you in the days ahead. He will always be in your heart.

  40. Janice & Family

    So sorry to hear about Ralph, my deepest sympathies to your family at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Debbie Taylor & Gary St.Jean

  41. I am so sorry for the loss of your greatly loved and cherished husband/father/grandfather to your family, relatives and many friends. Such a great legacy of love and family!
    With peace and blessings from,
    Leonard Rose

  42. Dear Jan , and family you are in our heart and prayer , i met Ralph at the Active life center , what an amazing man so happy all the time , the love he had for his wife Jan his children , grand- children , and his siblings was amazing , he was truly a family , man he love every-one i’m so happy I met you Ralph , God needed some -one like you , You will be miss. You will alway’s be in my heart and prayer’s. Cecile Cyr and family.

  43. Condolences to the Reinhardus family. We are so sorry for your loss.
    Neughbours, Larry and Lynne

  44. My deepest, most sincere condolences Jan, Lauren, Steven, Dan and family. I will forever be grateful having known Ralph and being welcomed with open arms as part of his family. He was a kind soul, thoughtful and giving and lived life to the fullest. His hugs were big and his heart was true. A wonderful husband, father, grandfather and freind. He will be profoundly missed. My love and thoughts are with you all.

  45. Our deepest condolences and sympathies to you Aunt Jan, Steven, Lauren, and Daniel. Uncle Ralph always held a special place in my heart from the times I was able to spend with him as a teenager. Michelle and I have many found memories of times spent with the two of you as we grew older.
    Dave and Michelle

  46. My condolences to the Reinhardus family , Ralph was my Venturer Advisor in the late 70’s ,and it is with many found memories that I will think of him.

  47. Jan I’m so sorry to hear about Ralph’s passing. Ralph was always fun to work with, never seemed to have a bad day, kept us all laughing. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Hugs. Loretta and Steve.

  48. Janice and family so sorry for your loss….he was such a great addition to the Thibert family and always fun at the family reunions,,,my deepest sympathy

  49. Deepest sympathies Jan and family. Family met the world to him. I enjoyed working with Ralph for many years at bmo. A life taken too soon.

  50. Our hearts and prayers are with you , deepest sympathy to you Janice and all of your family on the loss of Ralph

  51. Jan my heart was so saddened when I heard of Ralph’s passing. Praying for you and your family as you grieve this great loss.

  52. Jan, so very sad to read about Ralph’s passing. My heart is breaking for you and your family. Praying for God’s peace and comfort during this sad time.

  53. Jan and family, so sorry to hear of the passing of Ralph. I will cherish the memories of the few adventures we had together. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  54. My condolences to the family. I worked with Ralph at the old North Maple Mall branch. It was a pleasure to work with him. Always made you laugh if you were having a bad day. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  55. Jan and family… I was saddened to hear the news of Roelph’s passing. There are so many memories of our time as neighbours on Rebecca St. (Oakville). Once you moved into the house next door, it did not take long before wonderful friendships were formed. Des & Rita and the rest of the Kane brood loved the times we shared…parties at your house, wonderful times in the pool at our place. Roelph was a GREAT guy, and if memory served me right…he loved a good practical joke! We were lucky to have you as neighbours and blessed to have known Roelph. As everyone has expressed … he was kind, fun, thoughtful, creative and he most definitely loved his family. My thoughts go out to you all. Love, Deirdre

  56. Jan & Family. I am saddened to hear of the passing of your husband and Father Rolf. He was a great guy and will be truly missed.
    My prayers and thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

  57. If I should die and leave you here a while,
    be not like others sore undone, who keep
    long vigils by the silent dust, and weep.
    For my sake – turn again to life and smile,
    nerving thy heart and trembling hand to do
    something to comfort weaker hearts than thine.
    Complete these dear unfinished tasks of mine
    and I, perchance may therein comfort you.

    Jan and family, our deepest condolences, you were the BEST neighbours and friends.
    He would want you to laugh and smile again when you can. Love, ann, fred x0x0x

  58. Jan and Family, please accept our deepest condolences, Roelof was a wonderful guy all of the time and wow did he ever rock that Pineapple suit.

  59. Dear Jan& family:
    So sorry to hear of Ralph passing. I first met him when he worked at the Provincial Bank in Tilbury and after he moved away and I would see him anywhere he would remember and always speak.He was a great guy, I will remember him for his great smile,infectious smile and always happy.He has touched many lives and left many memories.Ralph’s love will always be with you and will be a great strength and cherish the good memories.

  60. So very sorry for your loss. Sad to hear of the passing of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. Thinking of all of you❤️

  61. My deepest sympathies Jan, to you and your family. Ralph was one of my mentors at BMO and I often told him that I thought of him as my “BMO dad”. I’ve had lots of “BMO moms” over the years, but Ralph was the only “BMO dad” and nobody can fill his shoes. I never left a conversation I had with Ralph without a laugh or a smile on my face. He was a bright shining light and will forever hold a special place in my heart. I hope the memories and joy he brought to so many people will bring you comfort in this time of loss.

  62. Dear Jan, Toni and family
    You are in our thoughts and prayers during this very sad, difficult time

  63. Deepest Sympathies Jan and family. Your husband was such a well loved man. Cherish his memory in your hearts forever. ❤️Synthia and Jayce Trembley.

  64. So sad to read of Ralph’s passing today. Sincere condolences to family and friends.

  65. John and Donna, Sending you my thoughts and prayers. My condolences to you both and your brother’s family.

  66. It was, is, and always will be a certainty that this universe has, is, and perpetually a better existence for everyone because of you.
    Thank you.
    Love Tom

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