In Memory of




Obituary for Raphael Karel Vantyghem

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:
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 where you can RSVP to attend the visitation and service.