With heavy hearts, the family of Ralph Beamer, announce his passing on June 29th, 2022, in his 87th year, after a brief hospital stay. Ralph leaves behind his devoted wife Barbara (McPherson) of 66 years, and his heartbroken family. He was the father of 4: Lorrie, Scott (Karen), Jayne (David), Melissa (Jim), Grandfather of 6: Tarah, Amanda (Moses), April (Chad), Julie (James), Steven and Brian (Amanda), and the Great grandfather of 6: Holly, Victoria, Taylor, Chase, Benjamin and Maxwell. Ralph also leaves behind two brothers: Don (Nancy) and Alan (Susan) and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Bert (1986) and Pearl (2013).
Ralph lived almost all of his life in Pelham. He was a third generation tender fruit farmer, part owner of Beamers Country Market and very active in the larger farming community. He severed many years on the Ontario Tender Fruit Marketing Board. He also served on the Ontario Crop Insurance Commission.He also opened a consulting business to teach his fellow farmers to navigate crop insurance procedures.
Ralph served the town of Pelham for 12 years. 4 as a councillor and 8 as Mayor. He was very proud and felt honoured to represent the town. As a member of regional council he served on various committees. He was also a past member of the Fenwick and Thorold Lions.
Anyone who knew Ralph, knew that his favourite hobby was raising poultry. Mentored by his grandfather Herbert, Ralph became a certified judge by the American Poultry Association (of which he was a life member) and the American Bantam Association. He was a well known and respected judge travelling in Canada from coast to coast, Bermuda and many US states.
We are a close family who will miss our beloved patriarch who left us with a wonderful legacy, instilling in us all strong values of honestly, integrity and love of family. I think David sums it up best as he so often said to Dad, “You are our hero”
Donations to the Kidney Foundation are appreciated. In lieu of sending flowers to the church, please send flowers to someone you love.
Visitation, Thursday, July 7, 7-9 pm at Niagara Heights Church, 136 Confederation Ave, Thorold.
Service, Friday July 8, 11:00. Luncheon to follow. Private internment at a later date.