The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

Sur­rounded by his lov­ing fam­ily, C. Ralph Stone­field, of Bru­denell, peace­fully slipped away at the QEH on Jan­uary 13, 2016. Born April 6, 1934 in Mon­treal, QC, to the late Charles Al­bert Stone­field and Char­lotte (Brown) Stone­field. Pre­de­ceased by his adored wife Brenda El­iz­a­beth (Carmichael), loved son Sean Mark, and dear brother Ar­den. Cher­ished father to Kevin (Keiko) Stone­field, Holly (Ger­ald) Martin, and Andy Stone­field. De­voted Grampa to Ayr­ton and Tuukka Stone­field, and Daphne and Conor Larocque. Quite the foot­ball and hockey player in his day, Ralph at­tended MacDon­ald Col­lege in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC, where he earned his teach­ing de­gree and met fel­low teacher and fu­ture wife Brenda. The two mar­ried in 1957 in Cowansville, QC. Ralph taught high school dur­ing the day and com­muted nights to NYU to earn his Mas­ter's De­gree in Education while Brenda took care of their home and four chil­dren in Pin­court, on the is­land of Île Per­rot, QC. As they wanted to raise their chil­dren away from the city, Ralph ac­cepted the po­si­tion of Prin­ci­pal at Mon­tague Re­gional High School on P.E.I., where they moved in 1970. His dis­tin­guished ca­reer in ad­min­is­tra­tion con­tin­ued as Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools in Unit 4, where he served as the long­est run­ning Su­per­in­ten­dent for 17 years un­til his re­tire­ment in 1988. Dur­ing his re­spected ca­reer, he made sure his fam­ily ex­pe­ri­enced see­ing as much of Canada and the US as pos­si­ble by tak­ing them by mo­torhome across Canada as far as Kim­berly, B.C., to vis­it­ing the Grand Canyon, mid-west and be­yond. His fa­vorite time was the many an­nual trips to Florida dur­ing March Break, where of­ten they'd take a friend or two of Holly's or Kevin's along with the rest of the fam­ily. Their love of Florida con­tin­ued af­ter his re­tire­ment, where he and Brenda set­tled as snow­birds in Cit­rus Ridge Park in Daven­port. Brenda's de­te­ri­o­rat­ing health due to Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy made Ralph a care­giver un­til her death in 2006, but they made the most of their time to­gether by trav­el­ling to Europe and other coun­tries. The so­cial life they forged in Cit­rus Ridge con­tin­ued af­ter Brenda's death, as Ralph spent his win­ters there ev­ery year, only to re­turn home to P.E.I. in the sum­mer and Christ­mas to spend time with his beloved grand­chil­dren and fam­ily. No vis­it­ing or fu­neral ser­vice by fam­ily re­quest. A me­mo­rial ser­vice will take place at a later date. Do­na­tions to the Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy As­so­ci­a­tion or P.E.I. Spe­cial Olympics would be ap­pre­ci­ated. Fer­gu­son Lo­gan Mon­tague Fu­neral Home en­trusted with the ar­range­ments. www.fer­gu­son­lo­


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