RALPH BORGER – June 29, 1930 – July 17, 2011
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Hockey Manitoba Life Member Ralph Borger who passed away on Sunday, July 17, 2011.
Hockey played a very significant role in Ralph's life whereupon he served 38 years as a Builder and Administrator in Minor and Junior hockey for Hockey Manitoba and Hockey Canada. He also served as a Director of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum and on the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. He owned and administered the Manitoba Junior Hockey League St. Boniface Saints Hockey Club for 28 years and was extremely proud of his positive influence on the lives of many young hockey players many of whom went on to successful and fulfilling professions. Ralph was known as the ultimate fundraiser raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for both minor and junior hockey in Manitoba as well as numerous charitable organizations. He received several awards for his contributions to the game including being named Volunteer of the Millennium by Hockey Manitoba and in 2005 was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. He was further honored as a Life Member of Hockey Manitoba.
Ralph leaves to mourn his wife and best friend Maureen, his sons Ralph (Susan), John (Derek), Grant (Sharon), stepsons Derek, Kevin (Kwan Sui), Brian (Gia); grandchildren Michael, Steven, Timothy, Hunter, Thomas, Erin, Helen, Alison; great-grandchildren Rose and Harley. He is also survived by his brother Gerald (Lois); sister Barbara Graham, aunt Mary and uncle Edward Deibert and many nieces and nephews.
Ralph was a proud but humble man who left a legacy that many would envy. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 59 Academy Road, Winnipeg, MB. Interment will take place in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, 4000 Portage Avenue.