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Ralph THORPE

THORPE, Ralph

Ralph Irving Thorpe (87), of Ottawa, Ontario, passed away peacefully on January 30, 2024, surrounded by his immediate family. Ralph was born to Wesley and Mildred (Simpson) Thorpe, on February 29, 1936, in Kings County, Nova Scotia. Ralph was a geologist at heart, completing his undergraduate degree in Geology at Acadia University near his hometown before moving on to complete his Master’s degree at Queen’s and his PhD at the University of Wisconsin. He spent the early part of his career in Yellowknife, NWT where he met his future wife, Helen Loewen. They moved to Ottawa when he began his career at the Geological Survey of Canada, where he worked until his retirement. Ralph is survived by his wife Helen, his son Tim (Lucie), his two granddaughters Stephanie and Melanie, and his daughter Karla (Rahil). He is also survived by his brother Phillip, and his wife Barbara, along with his nephew Allan (Patti) and niece Sharon (Don). He will be dearly missed. Aside from his passion for geology, Ralph loved to spend time in nature at the cottage and was an avid photographer. He was known to spend hours traipsing through fields to capture beautiful photos of birds, flowers, butterflies, and dragonflies. In earlier days, he was an avid curler with the Geological Survey of Canada team and played recreational badminton and tennis. He was a quiet, intellectual person who spent hours immersed in scientific books about evolution, archaeology, climate change, and major historical events. Our family will be forever grateful to the staff from Foxview Retirement Community who cared for Ralph in such a compassionate way over the last few years, and the residents and their families who became such close friends. Ralph’s family will host a funeral service on Friday, February 9, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at the Ottawa Mennonite Church (1830 Kilborn Ave, Ottawa, ON). A visitation and reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County in Ralph’s name.

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