RBW
Ratch Wallace
  • 66 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 7, 1944
  • Place of birth:
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Date of passing: Oct 16, 2011
  • Place of passing:
    Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada
Ratch was a man who, once you met him, you never forgot him.

 

To see Ratch's obituary, please go to the "His LIfe" section of this site. To add stories or your memories of Ratch, go to the "Stories" section.

 

                             +++Thank you for your love and friendship.+++

 

 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Mercedes Calvert on 7th November 2016

"The family got together last night, to watch Dad's first movie, "The Offering"- for most of us, it was our first time.  It was lovely to see all of his grandkids watching him on screen, seeing how young and handsome and goofy and fun he was in the role of "Gordon". We had our annual ice cream sundaes and spent our evening together, remembering Dad/Grandpa/Ratch... 5 years and you are missed always.  xoxo"

This tribute was added by Sue Kovios on 19th October 2015

"I remember his great big smile and great big heart. I remember trying to type a letter for him without using white-out on his beautiful Lakefield Productions stationery. I was so nervous I kept making mistakes but he was so patient and understanding. I never said thanks for that so thank you Ratch.
Sue from Davenport House Office Services 1979"

This tribute was added by Mercedes Calvert on 18th October 2015

"Four years already... it is hard to believe.  We will be honouring you, as we do every year, on your birthday, with a family gathering and ice cream sundaes.  I wish you were here to be a part of it. xoxo"

This tribute was added by Kathleen Rogers on 17th October 2015

"Missing you, forever in my thoughts."

This tribute was added by Peter Drewry on 16th October 2015

"You are missed by many Ratch. Enjoy the rest my friend."

This tribute was added by Chris Dalton on 16th October 2015

"A dear friend who always had time for me. I have often wished that I was as nice as he was."

This tribute was added by Sheldon Chad on 16th October 2015

"Ratch,  you'll always be the one stand-up men are measured up against...and found wanting. You taught me presence and followthrough.  Hope you're somewhere cooking eternal (infernal?) spaghetti."

This tribute was added by Joan Hendrick on 16th October 2015

"Lissa...thinking of you and your family today while remembering your lovely Ratch."

This tribute was added by Jon Blair on 16th October 2015

"Four years! Now that you have the freedom of the Universe, I expect you have introduced yourself to everyone from L. Francis Herreshoff to Queen Elizabeth the First. Onward and upward, dear fellow..."

This tribute was added by Kate Wallace on 16th October 2015

"Four years later and it still feels so close to my heart that you are gone.  Miss you so much Dad.  kxox"

This tribute was added by Mercedes Calvert on 19th October 2014

"Tomorrow night, Kate, Naomi, Mom and I will be heading off to a movie... a few of your favourite girls, doing one of your favourite things.  You are missing out Dad.  xoxo"

This tribute was added by Kathleen Rogers on 16th October 2014

"Three years and it's hard to believe you're gone. Think of you always"

This tribute was added by Peter Drewry on 16th October 2014

"You're always in our thoughts Ratch. Rest well."

This tribute was added by Gary Hoeg on 16th October 2014

"I was aboard the Canadian Empress this past summer and learned a greater appreciation of Ratch's skills as a Captain. Lots to know navigating the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers from Kingston to Quebec City.
Ratch was certainly in his element.
Still think of you!"

This tribute was added by Peter Lower on 16th October 2014

"I drove over the US/Canada bridge at the Soo a while ago and stared down at the locks  the Fitz never reached on the night of November 10th, 1975.  I was taken back to see Ratch  once again sitting across from me at our writing desk. Huge laughter and wonderful stories. Sail on, Ratch."

This tribute was added by Sheldon Chad on 16th October 2014

"Murray McLauchlan - Moonlighting songtext

There's you standing on the swing bridge
I'm the captain on the ship below
But at six o'clock I'll get a taxi on the dock
And be an actor in a T.V. show
Well the crew don't know
And you don't know
And I don't think you should
You'd be scared to be standing there
And the crew'd jump ship for good.

Moonlightin' that's the thing for me
Moonlightin' don't allow no sleep
Well there's no business like show business
And sailin' on the roving sea.

Maybe I'm partly crazy
Maybe I'm partly cat
I figure if one life is good
More lives must be better than that
I'm the captain of a ship
I can write a script
I'm an actor when the work comes
And any actor in Canada
Ought to have more jobs than one.

Moonlightin' that's the thing for me
Moonlightin' don't allow no sleep
Well there's no business like show business
And sailin' on the roving sea.

Sometimes I wonder what's comin'
I wonder what's down the line
Maybe I'll be rich and famous
But it likely wouldn't change my mind
I do love to drive those freighters
And I do love those bright lights
Hope the next show ain't no turkey
And I stay off the rocks tonight

Moonlightin' that's the thing for me
Moonlightin' don't allow no sleep
Well there's no business like show business
And sailin' on the roving sea."

This tribute was added by Sheldon Chad on 16th October 2014

"Ratch was stand-up, stand-tall, and stand-by-you.  He got friendship right.  

--RA in tribute and love.

Sheldon"

This tribute was added by Captain Kevin Tribe on 16th October 2014

"RIP old buddy. May you always sail into fair seas with following winds."

This tribute was added by Peter Lower on 10th November 2013

"A cloudy, cool and very windy day in Toronto. The leaves flying and bringing to mind that day and night in 1975 when the Edmund Fitzgerald was overwhelmed by a fierce storm that swept north over Lake Superior. The ship sank at 7pm or thereabouts just 15 miles from a safe anchorage at Whitefish Point.  My thoughts turn to Ratch and our script November Gale. Miss you my friend. Peter"

This tribute was added by Mercedes Calvert on 7th November 2013

"Today would be your 69th birthday... we miss you always.

Love,
Mercedes"

This tribute was added by Brian Johnson on 7th November 2013

"Always in our thoughts,Cap!!
Missed you once again this year on the Empress...
Fair winds and following seas..."

This tribute was added by Mercedes Calvert on 16th October 2013

"It can't be that two years has passed already... 2 1/2 since we last saw you, when you came to visit us at the cottage.  We see Ilona much more now- she is a part of our family even more so.  We all miss you. The boys ask about Grandpa Ratch often.  
love Mercedes"

This tribute was added by Viola Wilson on 16th October 2013

"Miss you and you left us too soon
from Capt Doug"

This tribute was added by Frank Nicol on 16th October 2013

"Remembering the good times we shared, old man.  I think about you often."

This tribute was added by Ryan Mullen on 16th October 2013

"I still think of the time we had spent together, you gave me the drive and confidence to pursue the marine industry as a career. I thought about you often when I spent months at sea this summer. Sometimes I could close my eyes and still hear your booming voice as you told me another sea story in full character of course. May the winds and the current carry you forever Ratch. I miss you."

This tribute was added by N K on 16th October 2013

"Ratch was a most delightful and fascinatingly unique friend and colleague. Remembering how excited he was to take me and another friend on his ship and give us the behind the scenes tour. Just loved him for being his own person- and a damned good actor too. This tribute page brings back the sadness of our loss, but great smile-making memories most if all.  Hugs. Nina Keogh"

This tribute was added by Kathleen Rogers on 16th October 2013

"Missing my best friend. Think of you always."

This tribute was added by Peter Lower on 16th October 2013

"There's a lake freighter tied up  at the Cherry Street docks in Toronto and visible from the eastern end of the Gardiner expressway. It's an older boat with the forward wheelhouse and steering pole off the bow. Just like the Fitz.  Maybe pay a visit and think of all the good times we had trying to wrestle "November Gale" to the ground."

This tribute was added by Kate Wallace on 16th October 2013

"Two years and I think of you every day Dad.  I try to forget the day of your leaving us.  Instead we will be celebrating your life with our 2nd annual Ice Cream Sundae Night with the whole family on your birthday, Nov. 7th.  You were a great Dad and I miss you very much.
your daughter, always,
Kate"

This tribute was added by patric@patricryan.com Ryan on 25th July 2013

"Hi Ratch: We're still pluggin' away here with books and boats and a new house to build. We dedicated the new book to you. You were supposed to write the forward, well, next time. You'd love the new house, just above the cabin. Dinner on the deck, a toast...Love Patric."

This tribute was added by patric@patricryan.com Ryan on 5th December 2012

"Hi Ratch: Thanksgiving has come and gone again and we missed our traditional dinner.  Even though the timing was not always on your visits were an occasion.  We remembered the good ones and drank a toast to you and the good times.  Dinner was pretty good too, you would have enjoyed it as you enjoyed everthing.  Full tilt, piled on.  Love Patric and Dorie."

This tribute was added by Captain Kevin Tribe on 7th November 2012

"From the day we met on the docks in Toronto and through our time together at BCF, Ratch was always a true gentleman and a great guy to spend time with.  RIP Ratch, fair winds and following seas to you."

This tribute was added by Sue Kovios on 21st October 2012

"Ratch was a wonderful human being gone too soon. I'm sure he's at the helm of his ship in the sky guiding the angels to watch over his loving family and friends. For the brief time I knew him, he left a memorable impression. The photos show the love he had in his life and the full, diverse, exciting life he had. May God keep him safe in the harbours of Heaven."

This tribute was added by Nancy Van Wyck on 18th October 2012

"Rest in Peace Ratch
“and fair winds always”
Klaus and Nancy

To Ratch’s family:
In thinking about your loss,
We would like to leave you with the oft quoted words of an observer at Abraham Lincoln's
deathbed who said upon his passing, "Now he belongs to the angels."
Hugs"

This tribute was added by Nancy Van Wyck on 18th October 2012

"It is hard to believe it has been a year since we heard those
fateful words of your passing. We were, and still are
deeply saddened by the loss.
Ratch, we were truly honored to have you aboard
the MV Klancy 11 and  truly grateful for your Loyalty as
as “Our Captain” and Friend.
We will forever miss your sparkling eyes, beautiful smile
and your unrestrained and radiant laugh.
Until we meet again."

This tribute was added by Frank Nicol on 18th October 2012

"It hardly seems possible that a year has passed since we received the news that you had gone out on the ebb.  You are no longer with us but at odd times, when the credits roll or when I see a ship or a motor cycle you come back to me for a moment and I smile.
I miss you Old Man."

This tribute was added by Kate Wallace on 16th October 2012

"I think about you every day Dad.  Miss you all the time.  
kxoxo"

This tribute was added by Mercedes Calvert on 16th October 2012

"We all miss you Dad. Big "on-my-tippy-toes" hugs from us all.
xoxo Mercedes"

This tribute was added by Ann Bromley on 16th October 2012

"A year has passed and you still visit me in my thoughts.  Always with a smile.  Especially when I am facing a challenge.  You are missed."

This tribute was added by Peter Lower on 16th October 2012

"I will not forget your friendship or the generous sharing of your talents.
No matter how many times I say to myself that you are gone I simply cannot fully believe it. That such a spirited soul should depart mid voyage is a painful reminder of the fragility of our lives and the cruelty of fate. Cheers, mate."

This tribute was added by Sheldon Chad on 16th October 2012

""Times running," Elena just said. We miss you Ratch.  And we remember you each time we call little LaRA...."

This tribute was added by James Hatch on 16th October 2012

"As someone has already said, "Once met never forgotten." We were both living in Victoria, but never got to chat over old times in the making of "Inside Out.""

This tribute was added by Gary LeDrew on 16th October 2012

"A friend and a smile I will always remember. A favourite Confrere in so many ways."

This tribute was added by Mercedes Calvert on 3rd August 2012

"It has been a year, this week, that I last saw you, visiting us at the cottage at Black Lake... We miss you. xo"

This tribute was added by patric@patricryan.com Ryan on 24th July 2012

"Hi, Ratch:  It's another summer and we were looking forward to more great dinners and cruises together.  Last summer's cruise was too brief, as is life.  So glad we had the time with you and your family.  Miss you.  Patric and Dorie"

This tribute was added by Sue Kovios on 31st March 2012

"I am truly saddened to hear Ratch passed away last year. I worked for Ratch at Davenport House in Toronto back in 1979 when he had Lakefield Productions there. I was a secretary in the office run by Faigy & Liz and had a huge crush on Ratch. He was a teddy bear with an enormous heart. I have a picture I took of him and Ian McDougall in front of the office I will look for and upload. RIP"

This tribute was added by Gerry Lavallee on 29th November 2011

"Ratch was a life-affirming personality and a very good shipmate.  Each day, on board, with him as captain, was a good day.  I am saddened he is no longer with us."

This tribute was added by Kate Wallace on 27th November 2011

"Thank you to everyone who came to the memorials in Toronto and Victoria and introduced yourselves to me and my family.  There were so many people I had never met before and so many stories with the similar thread..."larger than life", "a great friend", "ahead of his time".
And of course, "will be missed deeply".  For those who could not attend, I have posted my eulogy in "Stories"."

This tribute was added by Capt Steen Jessen on 27th November 2011

"A magnificent and unforgettable colleague! A Renaissance man if ever there was one in our own time.

Steen Jessen, Master Mariner
BC Ferries
Senior Master, MV Mayne Queen"

This tribute was added by Craig Weekes on 18th November 2011

"I, enjoyed having conversations with Ratch about his many voyages and the vessels he operated within Toronto Harbour. I will remember the last such conversation I had with him the evening of June 13, 2011 aboard the Yankee Lady III.Thanks for the stories and history lessons. You certainly made my job more interesting! Bon Voyage!"

This tribute was added by Bruce Robertson on 11th November 2011

"For a while Ratch was living at our Log House in Muskoka while first captain of the restored HMS Seguin. We decided on a cruise for our anniversary and what greeted us at the gang-plank? This sweet-hearted man with a bouquet of gladiolas, who led us up to the wheel house where two front-stage seats awaited us!  Sail on, Dear Friend!"

This tribute was added by Brian Johnson on 7th November 2011

"For a short time, You have seen and lived your dreams!
Few ever realize this...
Happy Birthday, fellow Empress Captain!
A brief synopsis of your colourful life will appear at: www.thousandislandslife.com this November"

This tribute was added by Mercedes Calvert on 6th November 2011

"For anyone who would like to see Dad on the Canadian show Seeing Things, go to this youtube clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t37L6Ur2nBs&feature=youtube_gdata_player"

This tribute was added by Charlotte Gann on 29th October 2011

"Hey Ratch; first time we met - RVYC's entertainment committee - more play than work :)  Last time I saw you - chatting with Murray McLauchlan & Ian Thomas after 'Lunch at Allen's' - you were heading off to spend the night sharing memories with your chums.  Still playing.
Catch you later in the following seas.  Charlotte"

This tribute was added by Viola Wilson on 27th October 2011

"Sorry to see you leave us and too early to go
thanks for the friendship
Capt Doug and Viola Wilson"

This tribute was added by Bill Dickie on 25th October 2011

"Like everyone else, I was very sad to hear of Ratch's passing, but glad to have had the pleasure of knowing him at BC Ferries. Ratch was, at various times, a fellow ferry captain, then my boss, and later, he was the senior deck person in charge of getting a new ship for my route built and certified, and the crew trained. All this time, he was a true professional, but also a true friend."

This tribute was added by Arthur Langley on 25th October 2011

"Since Ed Lawless' SENECA at Royal Cdn. and the INN DECENT on the harbour out from the island, modern racing yachts, the Cheoy Lee Tumlaren, the sweet sharpie at Royal Vic and all the ships including in the canal when the U.S. retired Noriega. Living life like the best scripted adventure. Hoisting & toasting in the Wheatsheaf, Morrisey, and other. Gams by phone since 06 but not that smile."

This tribute was added by Arthur Langley on 25th October 2011

"Will not miss your send-off but will miss you always till I next see that broad welcoming smile once again. A blessing in my life and very special human. Now over the bar and eternally in safe waters.
Keep a weather eye peeled Ratch . . . I will (as will many others) hail you one day and we shall heave to and raft alongside so we can gam and hoist a few as in years gone by. Salt water runs upon my"

This tribute was added by Janice Kenefick on 25th October 2011

"Over almost 40 years we ran into each other from time to time, through our mutual interests of writing and the sea. I always admired your sense of humour, professionalism and the encouragement you freely gave to all who needed it. You are missed."

This tribute was added by Stephen Murch on 24th October 2011

"Ratch was one of the first people I met in shipping in 1974 and our lives intersected many times over the years, through business and many mutual friends. Ratch enriched us all with his genuine spirit and enthusiasim. I'm truly saddened that he has passed over over the bar."

This tribute was added by catherine orion on 24th October 2011

"I first met Ratch in Toronto when I was about l7 years old.  What a wonderful, amazing, generous, funny human being.  My girlfriends and I have many fond memories and secret crushes.  He was a wonderful friend to all who knew him. Sail on!"

This tribute was added by geoff dilworth on 24th October 2011

"TO RITCH : A PRINCE OF A GUY; FUNNY; WITH A HUGE HEART & A LAUGH THAT WOULD FOLD US UP DOUBLE!FOND MEMORIES OF ONONDAGA,THE GROVE,CADETS AND AS WESTENDERS.SADLY LOST TOUCH AFTER 78.GOODBYE SWEET PRINCE AND MAY FLIGHTS OF ANGELS SING THEE TO THY REST.DEEP CONDOLENCES TO YOUR FAMIL"

This tribute was added by Edward Sweeney on 24th October 2011

"Ratch, I will miss you and will always treasure your friendship.  I will never forget how you helped me with my career.  May you sail on forever, god be with you.
Ed"

This tribute was added by Richard Winnel on 24th October 2011

"always a pleasure to share time with, we enjoyed those couple of beers at the Tavern, a few yarns and a great friendship. Ratch do what you can for the sailors left down here, you have the best view from that "crows nest".  You are missed but never forgotten."

This tribute was added by Sonja Morawetz on 23rd October 2011

"I worked with Ratch & partner Derek Harris-Lowe back in the late 60's when they ventured into the film business. More fun than work, he became a good friend & despite losing contact he remains bigger than life in my memories. Farewell big guy. S."

This tribute was added by Brian Johnson on 23rd October 2011

"He had a presence...
If you knew him, you liked him!
It's been a real pleasure, Ratch"

This tribute was added by Chris Cochrane on 23rd October 2011

"Ratch ( then known as Ritchie) was our next door neighbour in childhood. We lived at 69 Rivercrest Rd in Toronto. Ratch grew up with my late sister Joan, my brothers Bob, Ken, the late Randy. Re-met him earlier this summer. He touched us as no one else. He's missed."

This tribute was added by Rosalie Knogler on 23rd October 2011

"My husband and I met Ratch at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club.  He was a character and a kind man.  Because of his advice I took my mother on a St Lawrence River cruise this summer. Our condolences to family and friends - may your memories sustain you at this time."

This tribute was added by ELVINO SAURO on 23rd October 2011

"There's a memorable characteristic about Ratch that sticks in my mind. That was his intense eagerness to learn.  I was his film teacher in 1970. The last time I saw him was when he was getting into a car with Otto Preminger just after Otto had been to our school to give a talk."

This tribute was added by Lorne Knutson on 23rd October 2011

"I had the honour and privilege of sailing with Captain Wallace for nine seasons aboard the Canadian Empress.  He was a true mariner who loved the ship and the rivers she sailed on.  He will be truly missed and fondly remembered.  Take Care and Smooth Sailing Ratch!"

This tribute was added by Stephen Steels on 22nd October 2011

"I had the special honour of knowing Captian Wallace for over 25 years, he was my teacher,mentor, and quickley became my friend, my heart is sad with his passing but my life is better for knowing him"

This tribute was added by Mia Kaye on 22nd October 2011

"Ratch - A great boss and a true friend.  You will always live in our hearts.
Love
Gump and Mia Kaye"

This tribute was added by marion lewis on 21st October 2011

"Darling Ratch,

A true friend - loved puppies and beautiful flawed but wonderful people-  and you will be missed."

This tribute was added by Rhona Lettau on 21st October 2011

"Ratch, you always had that great big smile and words of encouragement.  Thank you."

This tribute was added by Kate Wallace on 21st October 2011

"From My Mom:
Dear Ratch, You were always there for me in times of stress and troubles.
Thank you for your support.  Janet"

This tribute was added by Gary Hoeg on 21st October 2011

"I'll always remember sailing across the lake with Ratch as his Mate aboard the Cayuga II steering only by compass folowing his directions to the Niagara Bar Bouy on course and on time long before the invention of GPS!
He was quite a Captain-trained in the old ways.Miss you."

This tribute was added by Sam Jephcott on 21st October 2011

"Too young to leave us, Ratch will be sorely missed by so many...
R.I.P. dear friend"

This tribute was added by David Crate on 21st October 2011

"I knew Ratch for at least 40 years.  I loved the guy.
This is why;
A total no BS guy.  The most emotionally honest person I have ever met.  No pretense, humble, enthusiastic always, followed his muse and succeeded.  That's why we all responded to his basic animal goodness.  Godspeed."

This tribute was added by Jay Clark on 21st October 2011

"My Captain, my colleague but first and foremost my friend. I will always remember you with great fondness."

This tribute was added by Stafford Reid on 21st October 2011

"Ratch had a command presence when in the room.  I admired his approach..often stating  "It will be done!   Life was one big theatre to him.  I'll miss him."

This tribute was added by Mike Clarke on 21st October 2011

"OK, so your still Ritchie to me - I remember so much of you from Lakefield "prep" and from Onondaga Camp.  We even did a play together (ca 1956).  A good buddy back then.  Mike."

This tribute was added by Kate Wallace on 21st October 2011

"Thank you for sharing your love and words with all of us, on this website,in emails. and on the phone.  I wish I could reply to each and everyone of you.  I'm so glad to read about your Ratch experiences.  So wonderful. Thank you all for sharing. kxo"

This tribute was added by Gillian Holter on 21st October 2011

"Ratch - always a story to tell, an adventure to relate, a project in the works! From Toronto to Vancouver, we had good times together and lots of laughs. I will miss those quick calls from YVR when you were between flights to yet another adventure back east. Goodbye."

This tribute was added by Ingrid Buschmann on 20th October 2011

"Ratch, you were a gentleman in every sense of the word. Thanks for the conversations we had; they seem too brief right now.
I was fortunate enough to live in the same building that you did in Victoria. Thanks for your leadership here!"

This tribute was added by Rod Hesp on 20th October 2011

"God bless you Ratch,in the time we met I new a man who's mold had been thrown away, unique and an honor to know you. You adored you're girls, you loved acting, and ships but most of all life. It was a great pleasure to know you."

This tribute was added by Orval Bouchard on 20th October 2011

"I had to pleasure to see Ratch in Quebec City aboard the Canadian Empress for the last couple of summer. I also worked with him at BC Ferries. A great man. A rare kind...and a true gentleman...I will miss him..."

This tribute was added by Mercedes Calvert on 20th October 2011

"Dad- it is amazing how many people's lives you have impacted.  There are many stories of how you have been there, during tough times, fun times and through many adventures.  Todd, Johnny, Jake and I (and the furry animals in our house), all miss you greatly. love Mercedes"

This tribute was added by Kathleen Gilbert on 20th October 2011

"Ratch was well respected in the Victoria film community. If you needed anything to do with boats Ratch was your go to guy. From that first handshake Ratch made you feel like an old friend. His sense of humour and warm smile will be missed. My thoughts and prayers to his family."

This tribute was added by Diana Rowland on 20th October 2011

"From the Labatt's 50 commercial when we were in our 20's to Toronto Island when we were in our 60's our lives intersected from time to time over the years. It was always such a pleasure to catch up with you, Ratch, and "I always thought that I'd see you one more time, again""

This tribute was added by art hindle on 20th October 2011

"Fair winds carry you to your rest, Ratch. It was my good fortune to have known you. I'm sure I'll catch up to you at some future port of call...
Bon Voyage !"

This tribute was added by Ann Bromley on 20th October 2011

"Ratch, When we last spoke, you were off on another adventure,after an incredible career in shipping and still dreaming of movies(about ships of course!). Never sitting still,away on a motorcycle, fearless in the teeth of a sudden gale,smiling...you will always be in my thoughts."

This tribute was added by Jim Parsons on 20th October 2011

"Ratch, may the waters around you be tranquil! I can still see the smile on your face."

This tribute was added by Royal Victoria Yacht Club on 20th October 2011

"The members and staff of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club will miss you!"

This tribute was added by Peter Holt on 20th October 2011

"Oh no... not Ratch... such a warm cozy generous life loving adventurous guy. A treat to know even a little. Heartfelt sympathy to all his family and friends. He's probably gone ahead to get the place ready for all of us. Can't quite believe he won't be back. Ratch WILL be missed!"

This tribute was added by Ahamed Zaki on 20th October 2011

"Ratch was absolutely remarkable, large-hearted, thoughtful, charming, one of a kind and a wonderful person. My last meeting with him was in 2008 in St. John's, NL. My colleagues and I will never forget him."

This tribute was added by David Patterson on 20th October 2011

"For over thirty years we shared or mutual love of film and things that float. Warm memories of someone very special. After having not seen each other for a few years, I am so pleased that we were able to spend a weekend together this past summer. Adieu, mon ami."

This tribute was added by Gerry Arbeid on 20th October 2011

"Goodbye my partner, my trusted friend of 30 years. You were one of a kind and will always be missed."

This tribute was added by Reg Burden on 20th October 2011

""RATCH"  YOU WILL BE MISSED; FROM AN OLD LAKEFIELD BUDDY;SEE YOU DOWN AT THE LAKE;ADIOS;"

This tribute was added by Frank May on 19th October 2011

"I knew Ratch for such a short time during POV's production of La Boheme early this year.  A truly fine gentleman with many marvelous life stories."

This tribute was added by James Hatch on 19th October 2011

"We spent just a short time together making "Inside Out" in the Gatineau Hills, but always will be remembered."

This tribute was added by Cary Kozlov on 19th October 2011

"I first came into contact with Ratch as a fledgling literary agent over 25 years ago. Although we lost contact at times we managed to reconnect as we did again just a few short weeks ago and discussed the possibility of working again together. I'm sad that will not be possible."

This tribute was added by Chris Dalton on 19th October 2011

"Don't let it be forgot
That once there was a spot
For one brief shining moment
That was known as Camelot"

This tribute was added by ilona dilon-granik on 19th October 2011

"When i was 10 and Ratch was 22, he and i made a pact.,to always know each other in this life..WE both kept that promise with love and respect...
His last words to me were.."iam happy that you are happy"...I love you man and yes this is surreal!.xx bless you"

This tribute was added by Kate Wallace on 19th October 2011

"My Dad always treated me with respect and kindness.  Always listened and heard my point of view.  He gave thoughtful advice.  We shared a deep fondness for good beer. My theatre career was realized because he believed in me.   Thank you to all for your loving, caring words. kxo"

This tribute was added by Kathleen Rogers on 19th October 2011

"Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear."

This tribute was added by Cathie Coultis on 19th October 2011

"Ratch, fair winds forever. You will be never be forgotten."

This tribute was added by Eric Rogers on 19th October 2011

"Ratch,  you remain an inspiration to us all."

This tribute was added by Peter Lower on 19th October 2011

"When Ratch and I wrote together over a span of 30 odd years we laughed a lot. Something in each of us tickled the others funny bone and gave us welcome relief from the hours of trial and tedium which is the writer's lot. That pleasure was a rare delight that I shall dearly miss."

This tribute was added by Pat Ferns on 19th October 2011

"Your talent, enthusiasm and zest for life will be sorely missed. You are much in my thoughts."

This tribute was added by Peter Drewry on 19th October 2011

"Fair winds and following seas, Ratch. You will be missed."

This tribute was added by Mercedes Calvert on 19th October 2011

"The obituary from the Kingston paper.
http://yourlifemoments.ca/sitepages/obituary.asp?oId=543311"


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