We sadly announce the passing of Ralph Richardson, but with appreciation for a life well lived, in his 82nd year on February 9th 2022 at Monarch Hall, Riverview N.B. after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s. He has fought a good fight with courage, determination and a strong faith and won the prize by entering into the presence of his Lord and Saviour.
Born in Moncton August 21, 1940, he was the son of the late Warren and Annie (Blackwood) Richardson.
In 1962, Ralph sensed a call to ministry, and prepared by studying at New Brunswick Bible Institute, United Baptist Bible Training School, Gordon College and Gordon Divinity School. To better equip himself for teaching he later completed an MTH degree and a Doctorate from Walden University.
His full-time ministry began at Lewisville Baptist Church in Moncton in 1969. In 1971 he began teaching part time at Atlantic Baptist College which led to full time teaching in the role of Dean of the Bible Department from 1973 to 1983 and administrative Vice President from 1983 to 1985. He assumed the role of President from 1986 to 2000. When he resigned from the presidency, he went back to the classroom which was one of his great joys. He enjoyed teaching, but more specifically, he loved and encouraged his students. Even when his health declined, he could recall many students he had taught during his 37 years in the classroom.
During his teaching and administrative career, he also enjoyed several interim pastorates part time, the last being McKees Mills Baptist church where he grew to love this family of faith.
His great dream was to see the university campus on the Salisbury Road become established on the Gorge Road on the property donated by his cousin’s wife Ruth Colborne. His dream was realized through the efforts of a great fundraising team and the new campus of Crandall University was opened in 1996.
In March 2020 when Covid closed the programs that provided exercise and social activities he began walking in the driveway. This turned into a fundraiser for Parkinson’s Canada and with the help of his caregiver and his wife he walked for 300 days and raised over $32,000. He was determined to keep going rain or shine which captures his attitude toward life.
Ralph will be sadly missed by his wife Berys (Gilbert) Richardson, his beloved children, Timothy Richardson (Kyla) of Riverview NB, Ruthann Richardson (Ron) of Brisbane Australia and his precious grandchildren, Peyton and Alaina.
Words cannot express our gratitude to the nurses and caregivers at Monarch Hall for their kindness and care, and to Greg Hicks who provided care for 4 years.
There will be a service to celebrate Ralph’s life on Sunday February 20th at 2 pm at Fergusons Funeral Home 1657 Mountain Rd Moncton (858-1995). Due to Covid regulations proof of vaccination, government ID and mask will be required. There will be no visitation.
Due to limited seating the family has made available the option to view the funeral service via live stream by using the following link: vimeo.com