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Ralph Edward Fullerton

Ralph Edward Fullerton

Ralph Edward Fullerton, 82, Pugwash, passed away at the South Cumberland Community Care Centre in Parrsboro, on December 29, 2013 surrounded by family. Ralph is survived by his sister, Phyllis [John Cohoon]; daughters Leslee [Kevin Patriquin, Ottawa, ON], Janice [Vaughn Smith, Beckwith, NS]; granddaughters, Brette [Chris Hale, Regina, SK], Lee [James Smith, Ottawa, ON], Erin [Marc Mailhot, Ottawa, ON]; great-grandchildren Lexus, Kendra, Hazel, Cadence, Presley, Lynda, Olyvia, Jacob, Alice, and Joseph; several nieces and nephews; special friend Donelda Jamieson and golfing/badminton buddy, Bob Nogler. Ralph was pre-deceased by his wife Dorrie (nee Doris Murray); parents Burgess and Christian (Bert and Chrissy); brothers Eric and Freddie; sister Marjorie; fellow Northumberland Golf and Country Club [NGCC] founding members Gerry Gayton, Harlow Hollis, and Millard Charman. Ralph was born July 25, 1931 in Truro, NS. He attended Alice Street School and Colchester County Academy, graduating in 1949. After working for six years at the Bank of Nova Scotia, the Foundation Company of Canada, and Gaspe Copper he attended Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB from 1953 to 1957 earning his Bachelor of Commerce Degree and Certificate of Accounting. From 1956 -1958 Ralph worked for HR Doane and Company in Halifax, Truro, and New Glasgow as he studied to be a chartered accountant. He worked for Central Appliances for a year before accepting the position of accountant/financial controller at the Malagash Salt Company [Canadian Salt Company Ltd.] in Pugwash, retiring in August 1995 after 35 years of service. In 1963 he, along with Gerry Gayton, Harlow Hollis, and Millard Charman, began the development of the NGCC which saw the first games of golf played in October 1964. Ralph was president of the club in ’70 – ’71 and in ’79 – 81. As well, he held various other positions over the years, including Greens Chairman, Vice-president, Past-president, Director, House Chairman, the Westmorland Men’s Senior League organizer, and for a period of three years, organizer of the junior golf training program. He will also be remembered for his making/serving of Irish coffee at club functions and for his organizing of, and running of, various tournaments with his wife, Dorrie, including the annual Harvest Tournaments, the Mixed Two-ball, and the Arthritis Society’s Texas Scramble. Ralph also served as the North Cumberland Memorial Hospital’s accountant for approximately 30 years. Along with his development of the local golf course, Ralph was also known for starting the badminton program in the Pugwash area; a program in which he was the coach for almost 45 years. During this time he was the mentor for, and supporter of, hundreds of youth not only in Cumberland County but around the province. He believed that players should be able to attend a tournament anywhere in the province with only $20 in their pockets so that all athletes could afford to take part in sports. In almost all cases, he achieved this goal with excellent and continued support from local businesses and the district’s municipal councilors. Ralph valued all athletic and personal achievements of his players, with the pinnacle of his “career” being the naming of three of his players to the Canada Winter Games Team for Nova Scotia. A special thank you is extended to Dr. Brian MacFarlane, Dr. Murray McCrossin, the medical and nursing staffs of the QEII Health Sciences Centre, North Cumberland Memorial Hospital, the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Victoria Manor, and the South Cumberland Community Care Centre. A Gathering to celebrate and honour Ralph’s life will be held at the Mundle’s Funeral Home, 204 Water Street, Pugwash, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm Thursday, January 2, 2014. There will be no memorial service. Ralph’s remains have been cremated and will later be laid to rest in the Belmont Cemetery, Belmont, alongside his wife, Dorrie, at a later date. Donations may be made to the North Cumberland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary or Mount Allison University’s Scholarship Fund. Private condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting the funeral home website at www.mmcfunerals.com

 

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