Ralph Max Leibel
1935 – 2016
It is with great sadness that the family of Ralph Max Leibel announces his passing on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 in Cranbrook, BC at the age of 80.
The youngest of 8 children, Ralph was born July 15, 1935 to Zelestin and Rose Leibel in Regina, Saskatchewan. Raised in Regina, he met and married his wife, Glenys, in 1960 after her graduation from Nursing school. They soon moved to Ontario so Ralph could pursue his education at DeVry. On a Christmas vacation home to the prairies, their good friends extolled the virtues of west coast living and soon enough they had packed their trunks and moved west. They settled in Vancouver for number of years where their 3 children were born. Ralph went on to work for BC Tel for decades and moved the family from Abbotsford to Cranbrook in 1978 where he worked until his retirement.
Ralph is survived by daughters Gillian (Kevin) Krippes of Cranbrook, BC, Jennifer (Ron) Sargeant of Kamloops, BC and son Peter (Misty) Leibel of Cranbrook, BC. He also leaves to mourn his beloved grandchildren, Connor, Avery, Sydney and Emma as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and long time childhood friend Mike Riplinger. He was predeceased by his wife Glenys, infant son, grandson Jeremy, father and mother Zelestin and Rose, and all of his brothers and sisters.
A private family service for Ralph will take place at a future date.
The family gratefully declines flowers. For those so wishing, donations can be made, in memoriam, to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon, Okanagan/Kootenays Area Office, #4, 1551 – Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 9M9.
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.
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