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Ralph Frank James

September 10, 1930 ~ June 24, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Ralph James Obituary

Ralph Frank James Sept 1930-June 2023.  (AKA Smoky)

Smoky will join his wife, Donna , father Homer, mother Florence, sisters May, Pat, Gladys and brother Bernard, in the Spiritual realm. (Jimmy Kimbal, Hugh Mc Faden and other honorary brothers and sisters)

Smoky (dad) survived by his Loyal and loving son Dwayne James, daughter-in-law Cindy James and granddaughters, Justice James, Izabella James, Summer James and Ivy James.

Dad's devoted and loving daughter Dawn-Anne James, grandson Christipher James, Valerie, Hunter and Jazz.

Many nieces, nephews and cousins.  Mancuso and Grellette Men and Ladies.

Also, a father, grandfather and great-grandfather to both the White and Kimbal families for 7 decades or more. Appreciation to Dave, Blanche, Michael and Dan-George, and the great grand kids, for walking this path with our dad

Thanks to all. Lee, Frank, Terry, Lori, James, Kelly and all their bambinos, for being a huge part of Smoky's world.  (All the Kimbals!!)-Family

Smoky loved life like no other!  Building, creating, playing, traveling, riding his Harley Davidson and partaking in poker games with his pals.  A wolf who cherished running with the pack.  He touched the hearts and funny bones of many other crank-sters , gangsters and pranksters for over 9 decades.  A National Tresure in his own rite, spreading history,  jokes and practical knowledge to anyone who was lucky enough to lend an ear.

Smoky was a real leader at being true to oneself.  An inventor and an expert at finding the best deals around.  He was a foodie before that was a thing, and honestly the first person to ever take multiple selfies from an Eddie Blacks 110.  Smoky was a character who could never be duplicated.  Afterall,  who could wake up in the morning to a bowl of Raisin bran (laid out the night before), go to the same job at Sangamo Electric for 63 years,  make  drums, bows and arrows, find time for his family(Plural) play with the boys, share all of his stories with the local cashiers, while remaining magical every single day?  Our dad that's who!

Thank you Dad, Smoky! From all of your enormously dedicated loving pack of family and friends.

You truly rode off into the sunset with vim and vigor!!!

Thank you to all of Smoky's people who were present and helped carry dad to his final resting place under the stellar blue pine, across the garden from his mom and dad. 

Thank you to Lakeland, the staff and the wonderful way in which we came together to honour Ralph Frank James.  Bless Smoky and us all.  Rest well Daddio!!  

We will be having a celebration of Life in September.  Please contact Dwayne or Dawn-Anne.

A graveside service took place on Friday, June 30, 2023 at Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Scarborough, Ontario.

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Graveside Service
June 30, 2023

1:00 PM
Resthaven Memorial Gardens
2700 Kingston Road
Scarborough, ON M1M 1M5


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