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Wednesday August 7, 2019
1:00 PM
The funeral service will be held in the Victory Lutheran Church (2793 Southview Drive SE) on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. James C. Bredeson officiating.
In memory of
Ralph Michael Havinga
March 23, 1953 - July 06, 2019 - Age 66

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.

Message from Glenda ( Van Dyke ) and Jim Van Hemert, Bradford Ontario. July 11, 2019

Our hearts go out to Carolyn, Ralph's sons, our dear Aunt Jeanne and Uncle Ken, and our cousins Donna, Mike, and Ken and their families with the passing away of my dear cousin Ralph. We wish we could be there in person to give our sympathies and hugs. The distance between here and Alberta is really felt at this time. Please know we will be there in thought, and wish we could be there in person, at Ralph's memorial service on August 7th. Our prayers are for peace and comfort for all of you.


Glenda ( Van Dyke ) and Jim Van Hemert, Bradford Ontario.
Message from Chris & Dixie Lee July 11, 2019

Oh that is so sad Caroline. We are very sorry to hear about this. As ex-neighbors, we always thought that you were a perfectly matched couple.


Chris & Dixie Lee
Message from Brian, Caroline, Alanna, Michael, Trinity, Delilah, Henry, Megan, Darren, Harvey, Charlotte, Morgan, Dean and Terran July 12, 2019

Our condolences to Caroline and the family at Ralph's passing. All our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of grief. Your loss is immeasurable.


Brian, Caroline, Alanna, Michael, Trinity, Delilah, Henry, Megan, Darren, Harvey, Charlotte, Morgan, Dean and Terran
Message from sandra July 12, 2019

Ralph will be missed. He taught me, a reporter, everything I needed to know about potable water. He was a wonderful man with an amazing amount of patience.


sandra
Message from Dorothy M Rodehutskors July 12, 2019

Dear Caroline,
Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. Do let me know if there is anything I can do to assist you right now.


Dorothy M Rodehutskors
Message from Christine (Koroscil) & Dave Harris July 18, 2019

To the Family of Ralph Havinga,
To all of you that loved Ralph, Dave & I send our deepest condolences to you all. Especially, to his Mom & Step Dad, Jeanne & Ken & also to Joan, widow of Michael, Ralph's father. And to Ralph's brother Micheal & family, Donna & family & Ken & family. And of course, to Ralph's children, our hearts go out to you always. Having grown up with with you all, my memories are endless, and my sorrow at your loss is truly palpable. My brother Richard & Ralph were inseparable, the injuries suffered together, I am sure, are incalculable! - However, I know that they set out to see how much damage they could inflict - on each other! All in good fun, but still painful, non the less!! These memories will be with me forever, as will their scars of bravery! Ralph brought so very much joy & laughter into everything he did & will be remembered by all who loved him!
I wish you peace my friend, & I hope that you find it wherever you may be.
Sending our love to all, especially your wife & children & to your brothers and sister & their families. Most of all, may your parents be blessed to know that you are in the care of a higher power, no more suffering, just eternal Joy and rest. You will be missed!
Our love to you and yours, always,
Christine & Dave Harris


Christine (Koroscil) & Dave Harris
Message from Pat Enns July 19, 2019

Sorry for your loss Carolyn and Family.


Pat Enns
Message from Bonnie Noga July 31, 2019

Im so sorry for your loss Caroline. You are such a strong women and you taught us was true love looked like. I always enjoyed bumping into you two when we were out and about. I’m sending you healing hugs and my deepest condolences. Your held in my heart and prayers my friend.


Bonnie Noga
Message from STERLING HINCH and Jo Abbey July 31, 2019

Jo and I pass on our deepest condolences to you, Caroline., and your Family at the loss of your soul mate and companion.


STERLING HINCH and Jo Abbey
Message from Doug Clements August 03, 2019

To the family of Ralph, May I offer my deepest condolences and sympathy.
I worked closely with Ralph, while handling the Insurance claims of the City of Medicine Hat.
Ralph was always helpful and available when we needed assistance.
He and I shared many laughs together, and Ralph could explain complicated issues which helped everyone to complete their task.
I will miss his smile and laughter.
Once again to his wife and family, he will be remembered. GOD BLESS


Doug Clements
Message from Deby Sprinkle August 04, 2019

There are no words to say for your loss and pain only that Ralph was a great man and loved every moment with you Caroline and he will always be by your side. Love all you guys. Will always be there for you Caroline as your friend. God be with you all.


Deby Sprinkle
Message from John Michalopoulos August 06, 2019

I first met Ralph in May of 2000. A knowledgeable and wonderful man.
To the family I would like to express my deepest and heartfelt condolences.
He will be missed. Rest in Peace.


John Michalopoulos
Message from Adolf Seiler August 06, 2019

My condolences go out to all of Ralph's family. Find comfort in the many memories you made together.


Adolf Seiler
Message from Susan Reynolds August 07, 2019

My condolences to you Caroline and your family. I had the pleasure of working with Ralph at the City of Medicine Hat. He was a wonderful and compassionate man.


Susan Reynolds
Message from Sue Limbert (Havinga) and Doreen Havinga August 07, 2019

So sorry to hear this news.. condolences to Caroline and family, Donna, Mike, Ken, Auntie Jean, Joan and families. Many happy memories. Thinking of you all.


Sue Limbert (Havinga) and Doreen Havinga
Message from Gary McNeill August 07, 2019

God Bless Ralph.
Now resting in Heaven with God.


Gary McNeill
Message from Dawn Knowles August 19, 2019

Caroline I have been thinking of you and apologize for taking so long to send my condolences.I was happy to-learn of all the wonderful times you were able to spend with Ralph and know memories of those times will bring comfort. Dawn


Dawn Knowles
Message from Colin McNab September 20, 2019

I was very saddened to hear yesterday of Ralph's passing. I worked with Ralph for close to 9 years and not only was he a tremendous client, I considered him a great mentor and friend. He treated every person, and every situation with grace, dignity and respect.
He will be missed. My deepest condolences.


Colin McNab