Ralph Wakefield
Ralph Wakefield
Ralph Wakefield
Ralph Wakefield
Ralph Wakefield
Ralph Wakefield

Obituary of Ralph Wakefield

Ralph Wakefield [September 9, 1924 – January 19, 2020] Our beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away at home in Blaine, Washington, at the age of 95. Ralph was born to William and Ethel [Bamford] Wakefield on September 9, 1924 in Warsop, Nottinghamshire, England. The family emigrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1929 before finally settling in Vancouver, British Columbia. He served in the Royal Canadian Army from 1942 to 1944 with a rank of Bombardier. He married Blanche Julianna VanHauwaert in 1948 and they had two daughters before emigrating to the United States in 1951. Ralph was hired as a salesman/zone manager for ACDelco in 1952. During his time with ACDelco the family lived in California, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Tennessee and back to California where he retired in 1982. After retirement he owned a gas station before starting a small dealership called Wakefield Motors. In addition he was a long-time member of the Scottish Rite Free Masonery and El Bekal Shriners. Ralph and Blanche relocated to Washington to be closer to family in 2004. They loved to travel making multiple visits to England, Scotland, Wales, Australia and Hawaii plus numerous cruises. He is survived by his daughters: Patricia Anne Gerds and Judy Lynn Wakefield; his grandchildren: George (Rita) Gerds and Bill (Niki) Gerds and his great grandchildren: Lynda, Devin, Aidan, Gabrielle and Nathaniel Gerds He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Blanche (Bunny), sister; Irene and brothers; Fred, Clarence, Ted and Harry. He will join his wife in Rose Hills Cemetery, Whittier, California. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Whatcom Hospice Foundation (https://whatcomhospice.org/donate-online/) or the American Heart Association (https://www.heart.org/)
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