Finkbeiner, Ralph

March 24, 1940 ~ June 25, 2021

FINKBEINER, Ralph Wayne – Age 81 of Courtright, passed away on Friday, June 25, 2021 at Vision Nursing Home, Sarnia. Beloved husband of Linda Hussey. Loving father of the late Jeff Finkbeiner, Holly (Paul) Aarssen. Dear grandfather of Natasha, Tammy (Cris), Amanda, Amy, Allyson, Courtney, Makenna and 4 great-grandchildren. Step-father to Scott (Victoria) Hussey, Shane Hussey and his children Hallie and Lindsay. Dear brother to Melvin (Stella) Finkbeiner, Elva (Dennis) McIntyre, late James (Linda) Finkbeiner and late Carol Finkbeiner. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Russell and Dorothy (Ryckman) Finkbeiner. Ralph worked for the Ontario Provincial Police for 30 years in Sombra, was on the Police boat for 17 years and was a member of the OPP Veterans Association. He was a member of the St. Clair Masonic Lodge No. 425, Sombra for many years.

Family and friends will be received at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, Brigden on Monday, June 28. 2021. Due to Provincial COVID-19 restrictions, those who wish to attend must RSVP with a time to attend the visitation:
Please note that masks/face coverings are mandatory for those in attendance.

A private family funeral service will be held at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donation to Canadian Cancer Society (, Alzheimer Society ( or Vision Nursing/Rest Home.

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  1. So very sorry to hear about your loss . Sending my heart felt sympathies to you linda and families

  2. My deepest condolences Linda and to you and your family at this time….Ralph was well respected and continued to impact our community long after his official retirement….a kind, loving mentor to others, he will be missed by all who knew him….

  3. So sorry to hear of Ralphs passing. Marg and I send our deepest condolences.

    Vince and Marg George
    Kettle & Stony Point, Ontario

  4. So sorry for your loss what a wonderful man he was and a great uncle to me!
    Such an honour to have him serve our country
    Randy and Debbie Parsons

  5. Holly & Family
    Wishing you peace, comfort, courage and lots of love through this time of sorrow.

    Thinking of you at this time.
    Thoughts & Prayers
    Chris ( Parsons) & Peter Moore

  6. We are very sad to hear the passing of Ralph Finkbeiner. Ralph was our next door Neighbor when we lived on John Street in Port Lambton. Our children played together, Linda and I have great memories having Ralph as a neighbor. Ralph and I also attended lodge together in Sombra. Our deepest sympathy and condolences, Will & Linda Fiege.

  7. Dear Linda, Holly, Paul and family,
    We were very sorry to hear the sad news about uncle Ralph. We remember him as a lovely, kind, hard working, and caring person with a cheerful, but quiet disposition! We hope the happy memories, love, and support of loved ones will comfort you and give you peace as you carry on through this sorrowful time. Your Dad’s love will be with you all forever!
    With heartfelt sympathy and love,
    Wendy and Paul Phelps and family

  8. To Linda, Holly, Paul and Family
    So sorry to hear of Uncle Ralph’s passing, you have our deepest condolences at this difficult time, may he rest in peace and cherish all your your wonderful memories.

  9. Linda and family: so many wonderful memories of Ralph. Yours was a special marriage founded on friendship and enjoyed through participation in common goals and events. Our love to all of you
    Sharon LaPier and Mary Leckie

  10. We were sorry to hear of the passing of Ralph. It was always nice to see you folks at the Legionnaires games. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, Del and Bev Lunn.

  11. Sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing, may he rest in peace. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family.
    With love Connie and Dan O’Neil and family

  12. Linda, I am sorry to learn of the passing of Ralph. He was a dedicated member of the craft. It was always a pleasure to visit with him at CHip events. Truly a great volunteer.
    R. I. P. Ralph

  13. Dear Linda, Holly, Paul and families. So sorry to hear of uncle Ralph’s passing.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time. Cherish all your wonderful memories.
    Hugs to all. Mark & Judy Cronyn

  14. To Linda, Holly, Paul and Ralph’s families So sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing. May it give you comfort that he’s at peace now and with Jeff. May all the memories you all have bring a smile and peace to all of your hearts. Hugs to everyone.

  15. Sincere condolences to Linda and all the Finkbeiner family. We have great houseboating memories with you and Mel and Stella.

  16. To Holly, Paul & Family,
    Ralph seemed to many to be a very respectable and reputable individual. We thank him for his law-abiding service to our Country. Offering out sincerest condolences for Your Family’s loss. Sending both our thoughts and prayers to Your Family at this time.
    Sincerely Tammy & Stuart McFadden & Family🙏❤️

  17. We are so sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing. He had a wonderful career and enjoyed his retirement with Linda on the river. We enjoyed his company at local events and know he was a faithful supporter of local groups/events.. Thinking of you all.

  18. Sad to hear of Ralph’s passing. He was a great brother-in-law, outstanding personality, and dedicated to his family and profession. I have great memories of visits at his home in Wallaceburg. I extend my deepest sympathy to all the Finkbeiner family

  19. Ralph was well respected man. Both in the community and at work. His dedication to the Marne unit was always appreciated. He will be missed

  20. Ralph was always a great friend. We worked 3 summers together on the boat and I learned so much from him. Not just navigation, mechanics and seamanship, but how to be a better person. You are missed Sir.

  21. Linda and family,
    So sad to hear about cousin Ralph. I hope your good memories will sustain you through this sad time. He certainly lived his life to the fullest and have great respect for his service with the OPP.
    Penny Preszcator

  22. Linda our condolences to you and your family. I have great memories of working with Ralph at Sombra Detachment. My best experiences come from that period and the leadership, understanding and friendship Ralph showed me.

  23. Thinking of you today Linda. Our heart goes out to you and your family. Sincere condolences. Love and blessings. Pete and Gail Stubbe.

  24. Linda and family – Our sincere condolences on your loss of Ralph. Highly respected Mason and friend.
    Jim and Gwen McBean

  25. God’s Blessings to you, Mel, Stella and family on the death of your brother, Ralph. I know you will cherish the memories. Be safe and hope to see you soon. John and Linda

  26. To the whole Finkbeiner family our deepest sympathies on cousin Ralph’s passing. Lots of good memories from the farm will be cherished. Big man with a bigger heart.

  27. Our sincere sympathy to Linda, Holly and families on the passing of Ralph. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  28. LINDA and ralphs whole family. sorry to hear of ralhs passing. he was a good man. when one is called then is the time to reflect. you will all miss ralph who went about in a calm manner, i last saw ralph at the last breakfast for the old crowd at john’s restaurant pre pandemic. we will all miss him- now you must continue on the best you can.

  29. Linda and family. We are sorry to hear of Ralphs passing. I enjoyed Ralphs company and always found him to be a caring, sincere person who was fun to be around both at work and social times. We are praying for all of you.

  30. Sincere condolences to Linda and Ralph’s family.. I worked a lot of years with Ralph. A man that was well respected in the community. He will be missed by so many.

  31. Linda, Holly and families. I was very sorry to hear about Ralph. He was such a good man on and off the job. I have fond memories of working with him for many years in Sombra. RIP Ralph, you will be missed.

  32. Sincerest condolences to you and your family Linda. Many fond memories of this gentle giant.

  33. I had the pleasure of working a Wallaceburg – Sombra combined marine patrol with Ralph for an entire summer on the old Sombra boat back in the 80s. Ralph always struck me as the strong silent type but always gave the impression that he had your back when needed. He was a wealth of information on marine patrol and boats in general. I had the pleasure a few times of having coffee with him at our retiree breakfasts in Sarnia in more recent years. Ralph will be missed by all. Rest In Peace Brother.

  34. Sorry to hear this news. Sending our most sincere condolences to all of Ralph’s family and friends. May he rest in Peace.

  35. Linda our condolences to you and your family at this very difficult time.Ralph was a great man and will be forever missed.Marg Foster and family.

  36. My sincere sympathies to Linda, Holly and family. I am so sorry to hear about Ralph. I have so many fond memories of Ralph helping my Dad and I at our shop (Anthony Contracting). Quite often a police cruiser would be on scene at one of our jobs. I will never forget the day I looked over and Ralph was raking dirt in a trench in full uniform, so many good memories!! Ralph was a great friend to our family and a huge help too say the least . Sending hugs to you all.

    Sincerely Owen and Jen Anthony.

  37. Holly, Paul and girls we are sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family

  38. My deepest condolences to you Holly and family. My heart goes out to you and I will remember you in my prayers.

  39. Sending our condolences to Linda and the entire family on the passing of Ralph. Cherish the memories. Sending hugs!

  40. Our deepest sympathy to Linda and the Finkbeiner family. I worked with Ralph for many years and found him to be one of the best of the bunch. He was always there when you needed him. Garnet also has very fond memories of the years he worked with him. Rest in peace Ralph.

  41. My deepest condolences, to you Linda and your family, my heart goes out to you and I will remember you in my prayers!

  42. I also worked alongside Ralph for many years but in another Police Dept.
    Ron Hyttenrauch truly summed it up as good as any one could have.
    Ralph was truly a good police officer respected by all.
    I enjoyed interacting with Ralph over the years.
    R.I.P my friend.
    Our sincere condolences to Linda and their entire family.

    Mike &. Edie McNaughton

  43. My condolences to the Finkbeiner family. I have very good memories of working with Ralph and sharing conversation with him over coffee during my time with Sombra OPP. I transferred to another location in 1993, however Ralph was one of those individuals who was liked and respected by everyone who knew him. A humble man who was really one of the good guys.
    Rest In Peace

  44. My sympathy to Linda and all members of her and Ralph’s families. I worked with Ralph for almost 25 years. Steady, quiet-spoken and mechanically inspired man. Ralph was a gentle giant who was respected by all.