October 04 1926 September 06 2019
Ralph’s Obituary Ralph Ratcliffe went home to be with the Lord on September 6th 2019. Born and raised in Bristol Borough, he was a graduate of the Bristol High School, Class of 1944, and played on the football team where he earned his name “Willkie” because of his strong political views. Eager to serve his country during World War II, Ralph enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 17. After his time served, Ralph held a few different jobs until he became a postal worker for the United States Postal Service where he worked until his retirement of 25 years in 1985. Ralph was a true animal lover, giving a home to many dogs and cats throughout his lifetime including his current companions Hank, Isaiah and Julie and was also an avid fisherman. His greatest passion was the Delaware Canal. “Mr. Canal,” which many knew him by, began his efforts to save the canal over 50 years ago and worked diligently on many committees, organizing countless canal clean ups and received numerous awards for his efforts. Ralph was a Life Member of the Bristol Consolidated Fire Department. He is preceded in death by his parents Ellis and Edna (Groome) Ratcliffe, his Brother Ellis II, dear friend Eugene Cordisco and the love of his life Naomi Tomlinson. He will be greatly missed by his loving nieces Sharon and Melissa Ratcliffe and his extended family at the Squirrels Nest Restaurant in Morrisville. Relatives and Friends are invited to call on Friday evening September 13, 2019 from 6-8pm and again on Saturday morning from 9:30-10:30 at the Galzerano Funeral Home, 430 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, PA 19007. Funeral mass will begin at 11am at St James Episcopal Church. Interment will follow at Bristol Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in memory of his name to your choice of Animal Associations or The Delaware Canal. Read More
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Ralph H Ratcliffe October 04 1926 September 06 2019.
Death notice for the town of: Bristol, state: Pennsylvania