Ralph Lee Delbert Trefry
January 18, 1945 – December 13, 2018
A heart of gold stopped beating, loving hands at rest and it is with shattered hearts we have lost the best. Ralph was passionate about his family. He was predeceased by his parents Delbert and Margaret Trefry as well as his in laws Otto and Olga Meyer. He is survived by his loving wife Dee-Dee of 54 years, daughter Wendy (Darrell), grandson Travis (Caitlyn and future great grandchild), granddaughter Taylor, daughter Nikki (Aaron) grandson Todd. His sister Gerry, aunt Ethel, uncle Steven, brother in law Jurgen (Barbara), sister in law Sigrid (Barney), brother in law Ed (Helga deceased) and all of his special nieces, nephews and cousins all over Canada and the United States of America. He will be missed by all his friends. Dad’s special friend his “ PLD “ – poor little dog Brutus was his light of the day. He patiently and lovingly taught us all what we needed to know in life and still teaches us to this day. His hobbies included motorbiking, camping, fishing, mechanics, music and we all participated as a family along with each of our friends. Later in life dad developed the talent for photography keeping the tradition alive from his mother Margaret. A man in a million, he had the “ Midas Touch” when he put his hand on his motorcycles and cars. His working career started as a heavy duty mechanic in Cache Creek, BC, later switched to work with Ashcroft Electric and trained as a certified electrician. Ralph was also the Deputy Fire Chief of Ashcroft Fire Department from 1968 – 1971. Moving to Kamloops in 1974, he joined the crew at Balco (now Tolko) and for many years enjoyed his work and his co – workers. A change of management when Compwood dissolved and caused a move to Louis Creek Tolko and he eventually finished his career at Thompson River Veneer where he retired having made lasting friendships. His work ethics were exemplary and appreciated and admired by all his co – workers and family. He was a team player, always willing to share his knowledge and stories.
Dad’s favorite advice to all “ Give your head a shake “.
A Service for Ralph Lee Delbert Trefry will be held on Thursday December 20, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Westsyde Fellowship Church. 2833 Westsyde Road, Kamloops, BC.
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