Ralph E. Kuster
November 19, 1919 - December 29, 2006
Kuster Sr., Ralph Enno - passed away peacefully with family at his bedside on December 29, 2006 at the Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg, Ontario. Born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan to the late Lothar and Anita Kuster on November 19, 1919. Beloved husband of 50 years to his late wife, Dolores. Loving father of Cynthia Jones and husband Larry of Port Hope and Ralph Jr. of Belleville. Proud grandfather of Kristen and Ryan. Dear brother to Norman of Mississauga and Gordon of Alton and their families. Dear brother-in-law to Raymond Lupasko and families in London, Ontario and dear Alma in Kamloops, B.C. and dear cousin Erica McCall of Victoria, B.C. and their families. As a young man, Ralph excelled both as a violinist and sportsman. He attended Radio College of Canada in Toronto and obtained his commercial Radio Operator's certificate in 1939. During WW II, he served in the RCAF initially as a Wireless Air Gunnery instructor and later as a pilot. In 1949, he graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and was a member of the Hart House Glee Club. In the early 1950's, he was a member of the London Symphony Orchestra. He was employed by the Union Gas Company in Chatham, Ontario for 31 years making several contributions within the Natural Gas Industry concluding his career in 1984 as Manager of Distribution Engineering. For a few years after his retirement, Ralph was a Consulting Engineer and was a member of the Senior Ontario Gas Association until his death. At the age of 80, he recorded a classical CD for family and friends - an amazing accomplishment for his age! He was a member of St. Peter's Anglican Church and Choir in Cobourg as well as the Northumberland Choir and Orchestra. He sang with a beautiful tenor voice. Ralph was a proud Canadian and a Life member of Branch 133 Royal Canadian Legion and the RCAF 401 Wing in Cobourg. He also enjoyed golf and was a past member of Maple City Country Club in Chatham and Greenhills Country Club in London, Ontario. He was an avid birdwatcher, stamp collector and loyal fan of both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Blue Jays. Ralph was a supporter of numerous charities and a devoted family man. Ralph's battle with his health over the past few years and his ability to persevere under evident adversity was a true marvel of God's grace and abiding strength. Ralph truly treasured each day granted from above and his courage was unparalleled. He lived his life with quiet dignity and was a true gentleman. He will be truly missed. The family wishes to thank everyone who touched his life. Ralph's exemplary life is best expressed in his favourite quote, ?Do unto others as you would have them do unto you?. Private funeral services were held at St. Peter's Anglican Church in Cobourg, Ontario on January 15, 2007 with Rev. Canon Peter Walker officiating. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of choice are appreciated in lieu of flowers.
Private Family Service
Monday, January 15, 2007
St. Peter's Anglican Church, Cobourg
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