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Raphael Vantyghem

Raphael Karel Vantyghem

Friday, July 2nd, 1948 - Saturday, October 3rd, 2020
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Obituary

Vantyghem, Raphael Karel "Ralph"

Passed peacefully at home with family at his side on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at the age of 72. Born on July 2, 1948 in Leke W.VL. Belgium. He immigrated to Canada in 1972, and with his entrepreneurial spirit he began his own business which continues to this day.
Beloved husband of Arlette (nee Dereepere) for 48 years.
Loving Dad of Sharon (Lisa) and Kevin (Richelle).
Cherished Opa of Karis, Rielyn, Julia and Ava.
Dear brother-in-law of Marnix Dereepere (Christine), Veronique Dereepere (Rudy) and Chantal Dereepere.
Uncle to Charlene Vantyghem Splitter (Jason) and Robert Vantyghem (Brenda), Evelien Dereepere (Bart) and Sylvie Dereepere (Dries). Will be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins and family in Belgium.
Predeceased by his parents Cyriel Vantyghem, Antoinette Dewilde, his step-mother Julia Devish-Tolpe, his brother Anthony and sister-in-law Pauline Driver, and his mother and father-in-law Charles Dereepere and Simonna Decoster.
Ralph’s family will receive relatives and friends from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Visitation will continue on Friday, October 9, 2020 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. followed by a funeral service celebrating his life at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel of the funeral home. Interment to follow at Parkview Cemetery. Relatives and friends must RSVP to attend Ralph’s visitation and service. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, 15 minutes will be given to share your condolences, and guests are required to wear a face mask. Those unable to attend may view the service through the following livestream link: https://www.henrywalser.com/live-streaming.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).
Please visit Ralph’s memorial page at www.henrywalser.com where you can RSVP to attend the visitation and service.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 8th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Thursday, October 8th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Henry Walser Funeral Home Ltd.
    Address
    507 Frederick St.
    Kitchener, ON N2B 2A5
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    Notes
    *Please note that face coverings are required. Non-medical masks, bandanas, paper disposable masks or scarves and cloth can be used. Please keep 2 metres (6 ft) apart.*
  • Second Visitation

    Friday, October 9th, 2020 | 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    When
    Friday, October 9th, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Location
    Henry Walser Funeral Home Ltd.
    Address
    507 Frederick St.
    Kitchener, ON N2B 2A5
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    *Please note that face coverings are required. Non-medical masks, bandanas, paper disposable masks or scarves and cloth can be used. Please keep 2 metres (6 ft) apart.*
  • Service

    Friday, October 9th, 2020 | 1:30pm
    When
    Friday, October 9th, 2020 1:30pm
    Location
    Henry Walser Funeral Home Ltd.
    Address
    507 Frederick St.
    Kitchener, ON N2B 2A5
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    *Please note that face coverings are required. Non-medical masks, bandanas, paper disposable masks or scarves and cloth can be used. Please keep 2 metres (6 ft) apart.*
  • Interment

    Location
    Parkview Cemetery
    Address
    335 University Avenue E.
    Waterloo, ON N2K 4P4
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Joseph Lucio

Posted at 12:11pm
Dear Arlette and Family.
Marion and I would like to send you our sincere condolences, so sorry to hear of the passing of Ralph. Remembering the visits and great conversations with you and Ralph over the years. Also remembering his effort on bringing the Royal Belgium Navy Band to Chatham. Rest in peace Ralph.
Joe and Marion Lucio
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Bruce stropkovics

Posted at 08:28am
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Bruce Stropkovics
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Julia Chong

Posted at 08:32pm
Dear Arlette, Sharon, Kevin and families,
We were so sorry to hear of Ralph's passing. I have many fond memories of time spent at your home, visiting with Sharon in our high school days. Your husband and father was always so warm and friendly and made everyone feel welcome. He spoke so fondly about you and it was clear he loved you very much. Your photos show so many wonderful family times!
Keeping you in our prayers for much strength for the days to come,
Andrew and Julia (Wilderdyk) Chong and family
RB

Roger Buysse

Posted at 10:52am
I met Ralph a few times through some Belgian friends associated with the Gazette van Detroit. He will be remembered as a nice friendly man. My sincere condolences go out to his wife Arlette, his children and grandchildren.
Roger Buysse
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Vero

Posted at 03:34pm
Liefste Raf,
Wat hebben we mooie gezellige en leerrijke momenten gehad.
Het reizen zat in je bloed. En alle culturen interesseerde je.
Wat gaan we die reisjes missen.
Drie jaar terug hoorden we het verdict. Onze wereld stortte ook in. Maar jij bleef waardig vechten tegen deze verschrikkelijke ziekte.
Raf, we zullen je heel hard missen.
Slaap zacht
Rudy & Veronique

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