Caroline Eberhardt, wife of Ralph Havinga, is very saddened to announce Ralph’s passing on July 6, 2019 at Carmel Hospice in Medicine Hat. Ralph was born March 23, 1953 in London, Ontario. He is predeceased by his father Michael Havinga from Niagara Falls, ON and sister in-law Monika Eberhardt from Medicine Hat. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 14 years, Caroline Eberhardt, two sons Devon Havinga and Myles (Nicole) Havinga, his mother, Jeanne Cuthbert (Ken), step mother Joan Havinga, brothers Michael Havinga (Andrea), Ken Havinga (Laurie) and sister Donna Havinga, father and mother in law Albert and Stefanie Eberhardt, sister in law Angela Eberhardt (Keith Schneider) and nieces Emily, Brynne, nephews Nick, Jack, Tom, Daniel and Devon S. as well as his sweet pup Sadie and numerous dear friends. As a young man Ralph enjoyed nature creating many special memories in Junior Forest Rangers, Boy Scouts and eventually becoming a Scout Leader. He also was gifted in music, playing the trombone and trumpet in the Senator and Bugle Corps. Ralph taught himself to play guitar and later in life created a CD called “A Life Well Travelled”, for which he wrote and performs all of the songs. Ralph always had a love for Alberta and moved to Calgary in 1981. He then ventured North to Yellowknife for a short time before settling in Medicine Hat in 1985, where his boys, Devon and Myles were born. His sons meant everything to him and he was so proud of the fine young men they grew up to be and so honoured to be their father.Ralph had many interesting careers in his life. He began working in a senior’s home, followed by a psychiatric hospital. He then went on to surveying and construction with Pilen Construction and Volker Stevin. When he moved to Medicine Hat he worked briefly for MJB Enterprises before accepting a position with the City of Medicine Hat in the Water and Sewer Department, eventually becoming Water and Sewer Operations Manager. In 2008 Ralph accepted a position as General Manager of Newel Regional Services Corporation in Brooks, remaining there until his retirement in 2018. He was instrumental in growing the company and working closely with a board of directors to develop a regional water system, piping safe drinking water to Bassano, Rosemary and other communities within the County of Newell. He was very passionate about his work and commuted to Brooks every day from Medicine Hat. Ralph was often heard saying that during the drive up he would think of plan A, while the drive home gave him time to come up with plan B. He loved and respected all of the people he worked with over the years. In 2004 he married his soulmate, Caroline Eberhardt who loved him dearly. Together they enjoyed many exciting travels to Europe as well as frequenting two of their favourite places, Florida and Hawaii. They also loved their trailer, spending time camping, fishing and recently purchased a RV lot in Radium, BC. Sharing many common interests, including their love of music, Ralph and Caroline enjoyed performing together during services at Victory Lutheran Church and belonging to the Medicine Hat College Adult Choir. When cancer became a part of their life in 2013, Ralph always remained strong and incredibly positive. After numerous setbacks and unbelievably tough surgeries, he always bounced back amazing us all with his strength and positive outlook on life. We would like to thank the many Doctors on his medical team Dr. Booyens, Dr. Graham, Dr. Kelly, Dr. Cheng, Dr. Elzinga, Dr. Faruqi as well as the many nurses and staff involved with his care. Also to Home Care, Palliative Care and St. Joseph’s Carmel Hospice. As a token of sympathy donations may be made to the Tom Baker Cancer Center, 1331 29th Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 or at www.albertacancer.ca/memorial or Margery E. Yuill Cancer Clinic (make cheques payable to the Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation) 666 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4H6 - please specify department. The memorial service will take place Wednesday, August 7, at 1:00 p.m. at Victory Lutheran Church (2793 Southview Drive SE). To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: [email protected] subject heading: Ralph Havinga.