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.