Bill Ripka, born September 17, 1938 in North Battleford, SK., passed away March 9, 2021 in North Battleford, SK. It is with great sadness we announce the passing of a beloved father, big brother, grandfather, uncle & giving friend. We will miss his smiling face when driving by in his big white truck…just checking on everyone. For Bill, farming was his livelihood right from youth growing up on the family farm to retiring 1 ½ years ago. He was a hard working cement truck driver & manager as a second job. He spent many hours pouring jobs for family & friends much on his own time as favors & never refusing with that big heart of his. He was also a jolly “old tymers” hockey player for many years, especially enjoying large tournaments on Vancouver Island. As papa, he so loved his grandchildren Cody & Alex. He was a huge fan of their hockey games. He drove many out of town trips and he also spent every summer with them as kids on a holiday at Lac Des Isle fishing. The bet was always on for the biggest fish. He is so proud of the young adults they’ve become. Dad & Betty remained 2 peas in a pod, always looking out for each other. Dad was so very pleased when Shane took over the family farm. My dad was so easy to please. I asked him every night since Covid started “Dad do you need anything?” Dad always replied “no I have everything, I mean everything & I have you.” Predeceased by brother Bob Ripka (2004)(age 55); parents Pauline (1999) & Steve (1991); nephew Tim Moser (1991)(age 18). Survived by (only child), daughter Cheri (Kelly) Murphy; grandchildren Cody (Courtney), Alex (Chris); sister Betty Moser (Gary); niece Angie Moser (Larry); nephew Shane (Michele) Ripka; great nephew Jordan; niece Sabrina (Braden) Murdoch; great niece & nephew Annika & Rylan. Special Thank you to Dr. Hesselson & BUH nurses. Donations in Bill’s memory can be sent to Canadian Diabetes Association, PO Box 26331 STN BRM B, Toronto, ON M7Y 4R1. An Intimate Celebration of Life & Interment will take place at a future date. Arrangements are entrusted to Robert MacKay of Eternal Memories Funeral Service & Crematorium (306-446-4200).
If I could write a story
It would be the greatest ever told
Of a kind & loving Dad
Who had a heart of gold
I could write a million pages
But still be unable to say, just how
Much I love and miss him
Every single day
I will remember all he taught me
I’m hurt but won’t be sad
Because he’ll send me down the answers
And he’ll always be My Dad
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