“This life is the crossing of sea, where we meet in the same narrow ship.
In death we reach the shore and go to our different worlds”
June 24, 1925 – July 10, 2019
Our dear Papa was the eldest of 8 children and is survived by one sister in Trinidad where he was born and spent most of his life until 1994 when he emigrated to Canada.
He was blessed with a most wonderful wife in Phulbass Ramlal (Ablack) (deceased in 1981) and his final words on this earth was calling her name. He had 8 children – Gunness Ablack (deceased), Joe Ablack (deceased), Dino Ramlal , Dave Ramlal, Helen Baldeo-Gutierrez (Ramlal), Kris Ramlal, Lakhan Ramlal (deceased) and Gloria Shoon (Ramlal).
Our dear Papa found so much joy in his grand children: Steven Ramlal (deceased), Deane Maria Ramlal, Deon Ramlal, Jennifer Liszkowski (Baldeo), Marlene Baldeo, Rose Kraft (Ramlal), Dennis Ramlal, Arnold Shoon, Carolyn Brunaccioni (Ramlal) and Nicole Parada (Shoon).
In his later years his sunfilled smile was not only for his children and grandchildren but especially for his great grandchildren. Sixteen to be more exact and he absolutely loved spending time with them creating memories that we will cherish forever. Jade, Adam, Jasmin, Janel, Annysa-Lynn, Devon, Eve, Ana, Josh, Cailin, Dane, Logan, Lennox, Leo, Lauren and the newest addition, Daxton.
What a legacy he leaves including a great great granddaughter – Ziah.
He was a man of dedication to whatever he was doing – whether that was work or play. His favourite things were gardening, golfing and horseracing.
In his early 20’s while working at the Point-A-Pierre Golf Club in Trinidad as a grounds keeper, his love affair for golf was sown. Years later while on the grounds, he was struck by lightning and survived to tell the story of this terrifying event.
It was in 1953 when the manager of Texaco Oil Refinery, Pointe A Pierre, Trinidad, took him under his wing. He became a pipe fitter at the age of 28 until his retirement. His love for golf was so deeply etched in his heart that he also worked part time as a caddie master at the Pointe-A-Pierre Golf Club. Five years before he retired from Texaco in 1990, he won the Trinidad Open Golf Tournament for his age group. And a few years after his retirement, at the age of 67, he accepted a position as a supervisor at the Point-A-Pierre Golf Club and stayed until 2002.
In 2007 at the age of 82, he had a stroke at the Piarco International Airport in Trinidad while waiting to board to travel to Canada. With the loving support of his daughter Gloria and grandson Arnold, who flew to Trinidad to get him back to Canada and their care for him he recovered to full health after spending 46 days in Markham Stouffville Hospital. Since then, he has been living in Ontario with his daughter Gloria and her family.
Three of the most favourite things that he loved to do was growing fruits, flowers and vegetables, horse racing and golf. He absolutely loved Tiger Woods and would watch him play every time he had a chance. Just this year when Tiger Woods won the Masters, he called everyone to share the news.
Our Papa was a son, brother, father, grandfather, great grandfather, great great grandfather and a friend to many and we’re going to remember his life and so much more . . .
We’re all going to miss you. Your laughter, your smiles, and your hugs will stay with us forever. So through our tears, let us see the blessings of knowing and loving you.
And through our grief, let us also smile and be happy that he is hugging his family and holding his loving wife’s hand again.
From the unreal to the real, from darkness to the light, from the earth to the open skies, you left this dimension for eternal light. . .
We love you. . .
Special thanks to Dr. Dore and staff at Guelph General Hospital and Hospice Wellington for their kindness over the past two weeks, as well as the staff at Stone Lodge for their care and compassion for the past five years.
A service will be held at Gilbert MacIntyre and Son Funeral Home, Hart Chapel, 1099 Gordon St, Guelph, on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Wellington. Donation cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.gilbertmacintyreandson.com.