Ralph Wallace left this world peacefully with his wife by his side at the hospice Bruns House in Alamo after a five-month struggle to return to good health following complications from major surgery at UCSF on May 5, 2018.
Born Donavon Ralph Wallace in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to Albert and Norma Wallace. He was raised by loving foster parents, Cleveland and Elizabeth McIntyre.
Ralph and Ardith met in 1966 in Winnipeg and immigrated to Hayward, California, in 1969, when they married. They then lived and worked as property managers in Alameda and Foster City before discovering the Delta and moving to Bethel Island in 1977. Ralph went to work for Boyd Real Estate, becoming the broker, while owning and operating Donavon’s Marina for 20 years, eventually buying Boyd Real Estate and then moving to their dream home on Bethel Island.
Ralph was a very loving husband to his wife of 50 years, Ardith; a godfather to Christopher Spellman of Sacramento and Bethel Island; and favorite uncle to Erin (Jacquie) Barker of Brentwood, James (Elaine) Barker of Fremont, Kimberly (Steve) MacFarlane of Fremont and Evan Barker of Brentwood.
Ralph played and coached ice hockey into his 30s. He loved being a realtor; Bethel Island; the Delta; cruising in his boats, Canuck, Cherish and Braveheart; jet skiing; fishing; bowling; traveling; cruising the world; the San Jose Sharks; the Winnipeg Jets; the San Francisco 49ers; and the Oakland Raiders. He was an active Bethel Island Lions Club member for 35 years, serving as president and treasurer; past president of the Bethel Island Chamber of Commerce; Citizen of the Year 2002; member of the San Joaquin Yacht Club; and chairman of the Bethel Island Municipal Advisory Committee.
Ralph was proud of becoming a U.S. citizen and attending USC. He was intelligent, kind and patient. He had a great sense of humor and could fix almost anything.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethel Island’s Scout Hall, Bethel Island Community Park, San Joaquin Yacht Club Meals on Wheels or Hospice Bruns House, Alamo.
Family and friends will hold a private celebration of his life.