ZAGAR, Ralph (updated)

Passed away peacefully, surrounded by his wife and six children, at Lady Dunn Health Centre on Sunday, October 15, 2023, in his 92nd year. Loving husband to the “love of his life”, Maria, in their 67th year of marriage. Devoted father to Ralph Zagar Jr. (Judy), Peter (Lorri), Susan, John (Lori), Doris (Paul) and Sandra (John). Grandpa to Christopher, Travis, Jordan, Myles, Aidan, El, Andrea, Dana, Chelsea, Julia, Joshua, and Harrison. Brother to Miha and Rosie Zagar of Slovenia. First and foremost, Ralph loved spending time with family. His passions also included gardening, fishing, tinkering in his garage, Maria’s food, and most of all blueberries – whether whole, pie or in wine form. He was a simple man with a huge heart, an infectious smile, and a wonderful sense of humour. A heartfelt thank you to all the healthcare professionals, friends and neighbours who helped care for and support Ralph and our family through the years.

Cremation will take place at River’s Edge Cremation Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Due to positive COVID results amongst family members, the Memorial Mass and Celebration of Life for Ralph will be postponed to 2024. The Family will be posting a memorial video to the Kerry Funeral Home website in the next few days for those who would like to view memories.

Memorial donations made to the Lady Dunn Health Centre Foundation – Long Term Care Fund would be appreciated.  Link: Lady Dunn Health Centre > Foundation > Donate Online (

Arrangements entrusted to Kerry Funeral Home, Wawa, 1-800-439-4937.


  1. Ralph and Judy…so sorry to read about the passing of your father Ralph.
    My deepest condolences to you and your family.
    Chris McRae / Waterloo

  2. My sincerest sympathies for you and your family in your time of sorrow. May the love and the beauty of their life be the sunshine in your darkness. May you find comfort and warmth from those closest to you.

  3. Our condolences to Doris, Paul and the Zagar family. We are very sorry to read about the passing of your dad, Ralph. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Adrian and Joanne

  4. My condolences to the family.
    May the great memories of your father and the support of family and friends ease your loss.

  5. Ralph was a great neighbour, father and friend who always wanted the best for his kids ( and their kids too).Together with Maria they created a special family based on love. Our love goes out to all of you as you move on in your lives.
    Sincerely, Laraine and Pete Forgrave

  6. Lorne & Kathy Leclair

    Very sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing. He was always a delight to be around–an infectious smile and twinkle in his eye brought many closer to each other, just like his lovely wife, Maria. Oh, the stories they could tell!
    You are in our thoughts at this time. God bless you all.

  7. Our deepest Condolences to your family at this difficult time.
    Sincerely Jill Beland and Shaayne Wardrop

  8. Linda Lafortune (Nowicki)

    I remember with much fondness times spent with the Zagar family. We were at Mr Nowicki’s cottage on Lake Superior one beautiful day. I was in my very early twenties and new to the Lake. Ralph took some of the children in his small boat for a ride on the lake. It was still very calm. Within fifteen minutes, he was back. He announced that he had seen the “elephants” in the distance and knew he had better get back. Within minutes of his return, the waters of the lake were roaring against the shores. It was not until I was in my late fifties, that I finally saw the marching elephants in the distance and understood what he had seen. I also remember him telling how he came to a screeching stop on his way to the Sault to avoid the moose standing in the middle of the road. He just bumped the moose causing him to drop but without injury. Breathing a sigh of relief, he than watched as the bull rose, drew his hooves high and drove them into the hood of the car, then turned to go but not until he kicked from behind into the grill and lights!
    He will be missed but he leaves good memories and stories.

    My condolences to Maria and the family.

  9. John, so sorry for your loss. I feel like I knew him personally based on our weekly Zoom meetings

  10. Very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with everyone during this very difficult time.

    Anne-Marie Nowiski McGrath

  11. Jude Charbonneau and Don Charbonneau

    Maria and family … so sorry for your loss. Sincere condolences to you and all your family.