Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
John W. Ralph, of Lyndonville, passed away Monday, May 20, 2013, at his home.
Mr. Ralph was born in Medina, NY on November 7, 1949, son of Doris J. (Shickler) Ralph and the late George J. Ralph.
Mr. Ralph grew up in Middleport, was a graduate of Royalton-Hartland High School. While at Roy-Hart in l968, he was the New York State champion in the 100-yard butterfly. Also that same year, he broke the Roy-Hart 100-yard butterfly record and held it for 13 years.
He served in the US Army from l970-l972. He served in Europe and while in the Army established one of Europe's first drug abuse centers.
Mr. Ralph was a graduate of Erie County Community College where he received a metallurgy degree. He was also a graduate of RAMAPO College where he received a bachelor's degree in business administration and environmental science.
Mr. Ralph married Florence Burke February 1, 1986 in Batavia, NY, and he had lived in Lyndonville since 2001. He enjoyed his family, food, the outdoors, the family cottage, swimming. He also enjoyed the news and especially the news in the daily newspapers. He had worked at Babcock Utilities in Gasport as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that he had worked for Abex as a national sales manager.
He is survived by his wife, Florence Ralph; two daughters and one son, LaRiena Ralph (Joe Dobkin) and Nicole Ralph (Michael Dickmann), both of Philadelphia, PA, and Jonathan Ralph of Lyndonville; one grandson, Ari Dobkin of Philadelphia; his mother, Doris J. Ralph of Tonawanda; his siblings, George Ralph of Middleport, Ann (Martin) Busch of Middleport, Carol (Joel) Babcock of Barker, James Ralph of Middleport, Donald (Betty) Ralph of Lyndonville, Marc (Michele) Ralph of Medina, Michael (LeeAnn) Ralph of Cape Coral, FL, and Gordon Ralph of Lockport. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call Thursday from 2 to 4 PM and 7 to 9 PM at the Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport, where funeral services will be held Friday at 11:00 AM, with the Rev. Lyle Drake officiating. Burial at the convenience of the family. Memorials to Orleans County Hospice would be appreciated by the Ralph family.
Visit www.bateswallace.com to sign guest register.