Ratch was a man who, once you met him, you never forgot him.
  • 66 years old
  • Born on November 7, 1944 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Passed away on October 16, 2011 in Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada.

 

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.+++

 

 

Posted by Elgin McKillop on 8th November 2017
As long as you can remember Ratch he is not really gone. I will remember Ratch.
Posted by Mercedes Calvert on 7th November 2017
You would be 73 today Dad. We are celebrating your birthday next week with our annual sundaes tradition. We will toast you with our sundae classes. xoxo
Posted by Kate Wallace on 16th October 2017
6 years....sometimes still feels like it was more recent as my heart is still raw. I think of you daily Dad. Wish you were here...as does the whole family...Lissa and I talk of you often. I'm sure you know that xoxoxoxo
Posted by Mercedes Calvert on 16th October 2017
Time passes and so much has happened since you left us Dad. It seems both so long ago and also just like it was last month. I wish you were here to see your amazing grandkids grow- the 5 of them are wonderful, kind, funny, smart and interesting humans. You would be proud of them. xoxo
Posted by Peter Lower on 16th October 2017
I think of Ratch often and miss his great and generous spirit. I could not have asked for a better friend and writing partner. Sail on! Peter
Posted by Ilona Dilon-granik on 16th October 2017
The passing of this dear soul is just as profound as anything i can imagine. He was born and then he moved on and so this day, is very unique. My long time dear friend, I still can't talk about you without getting very emotional. Thank you for visiting me in the astral plane since you have gone on to the great big ocean in the other realms
Posted by Sheldon Chad on 16th October 2017
Another year passes, and we remember Ratch, striding high in the direction of his dreams. The RA in my daughter's name Lara was to honour Ratch, and so he is present for me. *The differences that divide us […] pale in comparison with the fact that we are all woven out of time, that we are born and we die, mayflies who live but a day. The inconceivable “now” escapes backward or inclines forward, it is already a memory or an aspiration. Speech, in which we communicate, is modulated time, just like music. And do not painting and architecture translate rhythm into space? I am filled with the memory of people who lived and died; I write about them, conscious all the while that in a moment, I, too, will be gone. Together we are like a cloud or a nebula among the human constellations of the twentieth century […] our kinship rests on our having lived at the same time…* —Czeslaw Milosz, Time
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted by Kathleen Rogers on 17th October 2015
Missing you, forever in my thoughts.
Posted by Peter Drewry on 16th October 2015
You are missed by many Ratch. Enjoy the rest my friend.
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted by Joan Hendrick on 16th October 2015
Lissa...thinking of you and your family today while remembering your lovely Ratch.
Posted 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...
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted by Kathleen Rogers on 16th October 2014
Three years and it's hard to believe you're gone. Think of you always
Posted by Peter Drewry on 16th October 2014
You're always in our thoughts Ratch. Rest well.
Posted 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!
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted by Captain Kevin Tribe on 16th October 2014
RIP old buddy. May you always sail into fair seas with following winds.
Posted 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
Posted by Mercedes Calvert on 7th November 2013
Today would be your 69th birthday... we miss you always. Love, Mercedes
Posted 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...
Posted 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
Posted by Viola Wilson on 16th October 2013
Miss you and you left us too soon from Capt Doug
Posted by Frank Nicol on 16th October 2013
Remembering the good times we shared, old man. I think about you often.
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted by Kathleen Rogers on 16th October 2013
Missing my best friend. Think of you always.
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted by Patric@patricryan.com Rya... 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.
Posted by Patric@patricryan.com Rya... 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted by Kate Wallace on 16th October 2012
I think about you every day Dad. Miss you all the time. kxoxo
Posted by Mercedes Calvert on 16th October 2012
We all miss you Dad. Big "on-my-tippy-toes" hugs from us all. xoxo Mercedes
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted 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....
Posted 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."
Posted by Gary LeDrew on 16th October 2012
A friend and a smile I will always remember. A favourite Confrere in so many ways.

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