1931 ~ 2018
Moncton, NB – Ralph Wilson Black, 86, passed away peacefully at the Moncton Hospital, surrounded by his loving family, on Thursday, March 15, 2018.
Born in Moncton, NB, he was the son of the late William and Georgie (Wilson) Black.
Ralph will be sadly missed by his wife, Irene (Chapman) Black; sons, Brian & David, sister Ruth Kirke, brother-in-law Bill Hay, sisters-in-law Evie Black & Jean Chapman. Also by nieces Dawn Somers, Heather Thurber, Jackie Lemon, Lynn Reade, Leslie Kirke, Gayle Hay, nephews Bill Black, Jeff Kirke, David Hay, Mark Chapman, as well as by several cousins and a great many friends.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Ron, brothers-in-law Ken (Ruth) Kirke, Joe (Jean) Chapman, sister-in-law André (Bill) Hay.
Ralph was known for his genuineness, his humility, dedication and integrity. A founding member of the Moncton Hospital Foundation as well as Chairman of the Moncton Hospital Board, he held leadership positions on boards of the YMCA, the Red Shield Appeal, NB Nursing Association, Moncton Community Living, the Alzheimer’s Association, Moncton Headstart and many other charities. Unselfishly recognizing the need to help others, he worked with the underprivileged in Moncton, often behind the scenes.
Many of his lifetime achievements did not go unnoticed, as he was the recipient of nine community recognition awards including the Paul Harris Fellowship Award, the Canada Volunteer Award and the Order of Moncton. As a professional chartered accountant, he served the City of Moncton as auditor, as well as the Province of New Brunswick as Auditor General. His many clients, both large and small, had great respect for his counsel.
Ralph was also a tireless worker and supporter of his church and assumed numerous leadership positions. He loved being ‘on the door’ and greeting folks as they arrived on Sundays. Walking through St. George’s, there are so many projects and memories of Ralph’s labour. He preferred to work behind the scenes, quietly and humbly, for God’s glory.
Visitation will be held at St. George’s Anglican Church (51 Church Street, Moncton), on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 6 pm to 8 pm. Funeral service will be held at St. George’s Anglican Church (51 Church Street, Moncton), on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 11 am. Reception will follow in the church hall.
Interment will be at Grey’s Island Cemetery, Hillsborough, NB at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the St. George’s Anglican Church – Memorial Fund, Friends of the Moncton Hospital or the Salvation Army would be appreciated by the family.
The family invites you to sign an online book of condolences at: www.funerairepassagefuneral.ca.
Passage Funeral Co-operative and Cremation Centre
3754, Route 134
Shediac Bridge, NB, E4R 1T3
Tel: (506) 532-1050