OBITUARY

Ben Ratuski

September 8, 1935October 11, 2020
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Ben (Bohdan) Ratuski

Ben Ratuski passed away peacefully on October 11, 2020 in his home with his wife and his children at his side.

Ben was born September 8, 1935 in Kenora to Peter and Anne (nee Grega), the third of their six children.

Ben’s strong work ethic and entrepreneurial nature were the cornerstone of the businesses he built in Kenora including Shoal Lake Fisheries and Shoal Lake Wild Rice. He remains a respected leader in the wild rice industry both in Canada and the United States. Ben was also active for many years in local and provincial politics.

Ben was proud of his Ukrainian heritage and remained active in and close to the Ukrainian community in Kenora throughout his life.

Ben developed lifelong friendships with many he encountered through business relations, casual encounters and political associations. He was always engaging, generous in spirit, and a master at balancing hard work and pleasure.

His passion for the Lake of the Woods and wilderness of Northwest Ontario was unsurpassed. He was an avid sportsman and would never pass up an opportunity to host colleagues, friends and family at his cottage on Welcome Channel.

He was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Ann, his brother Gregory and his brother and business partner Bill.

Left to cherish his spirit and celebrate his amazing life are his wife of 65 years, Marion; his children Ben Jr. (Marlene), Donna, Murray (Kathy), Chris, Irene (Jim), Beth (Jim), Ed (Inge) and grandchildren Andrew, Christyn, Danilynn, Thyra, Mark, Jeff, Matthew, Sheldon, Sam, Joe, Allison, Elizabeth, Jeremy, Peter, Benny, Madeline, Thomas, as well as many great-grand children. Also, his brother Mike (Kathy) and sisters Patsy and Diane, and many nieces and nephews.

Ben’s family would like to thank in particular, Dr. Megan Olson, Alexis Peplinskie, John Paul George, grand daughter Allison Crew, Joyce McLeod and dedicated NWLIN Home Care staff who helped us fulfill Ben’s wish to spend his final days in his home surrounded by the love and care of family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Ben’s memory to the Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation.

A private service for immediate family will be held Thursday, October 15, 2020. A celebration of Ben’s life will be announced once social distancing restrictions are relaxed.

Online condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralhomekenora.com

BROWN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE ENTRUSTED WITH ARRANGEMENTS.

Services

  • Private family service

    Thursday, October 15, 2020

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Kelly & Patsy Petrowske

October 21, 2020

Chris and family,
We were so very sorry to hear of your Father's passing. May all of your wonderful memories help you through this hard time. Our thoughts are with you. Sincerely Kelly & Patsy

Gail McRoberts

October 18, 2020

What a sad day for your family, ours and everyone’s. I worked for Ben at the rice plant and his help for our family over the decades is impossible to put into words.

When Murray was sick and we had zero money Ben lent us his car and paid for our hotel room in Winnipeg while Murray got better. We will never forget this loving and kind gesture and how much it meant that our family could be together. It would have been impossible if not for Ben. We will miss him forever.

From the Mcroberts, Clifford and Beckworth families.

Carol / David Carruthers / Metail

October 17, 2020

Our deepest sympathies in your loss.
Benny was a wonderful man and will be missed....he touched many lives.

Carol and son David

doreen maluish

October 15, 2020

i first met ben when i lived above the post office and he across the back lane. my dad was a close friend of bens dad

. ben and friends enjoyed climbing up the fire escape to visit us.

marion, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time.

doreen

Lsa and Gerry Moncrief

October 15, 2020

To the Ratuski clan, please accept our heartfelt condolences for the loss of your anchor, your statesman, your truly gentle man.
His many fine qualities will live on through you all, to be certain.

The stories of the Ratuski/Doyle families crossed over several times, in several ways over the years and I always recall those times with fondness and warmth. The many things Ben had in common with my Dad (their large number of children, their politics, their love of flying, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, conservation etc.) caused our paths to cross on many occasions. (I recall one (mis)adventure that involved the salvaging of canned goods from a train wreck that provided us with a lifetime supply of bent cans of Ravioli and Harvard Beets....
I appreciated seeing the many photos.
Gerry and I are thinking of you all.

Lisa Doyle and Gerry Moncrief

Irene Olson

October 15, 2020


Our most sincere condolences to the Ratuski family. Ben was a man that I have admired- his gentle manner, his genuine caring and kindness towards others, and mostly his spirit and positive attitude. My dad was especially fond of his cousin Ben and we so appreciated that even in later years, Marion would bring Ben to the house and later to Pinecrest to visit dad. Time with Ben always brought dad joy. My heart goes out to you all.
Love Irene and Butch

Wendy/David Paton

October 15, 2020

The memories go back many years for David, and they are wonderful. Ben was a fine man with a quiet manner. His kindness was contagious. His faith deep. May he Rest In Peace in the Father’s prepared dwelling. May love, hugs and comfort be surrounding your family at this time. I am singing for Ben, Amazing Grace and thinking about time immemorial.
David and Wendy

Sharon O’Flaherty

October 15, 2020

Sorry to here of uncle Benny’s passing .......Love to you all, Sharon & John

Shelley Moncrief

October 15, 2020

Dearest Marion and family,
So sorry to hear of your loss as I’m sure Ben has left many with saddened hearts. Just to let you know, others pause in remembrance, carrying you and yours in our hearts and prayers throughout this time. May the Lord bless you all with His peace, comfort and presence. Much love, Shelley and family

Eleanor MacDonell

October 14, 2020

Ben was a constant in our family’s lives. Especially at the cottage, where we enjoyed his visits and sometimes shared time with him and Marion at their cottage. My children remember Mr. Ratuski with great fondness.
When my father would join my husband duck hunting or fishing, they often would visit Ben as well. And when Dad passed, it was Ben I remember giving me the biggest hug outside of Keewatin Place. They had really hit it off. Rest In Peace gentle Ben. We will miss you!

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Biography

Ben (Bohdan) Ratuski

Ben Ratuski passed away peacefully on October 11, 2020 in his home with his wife and his children at his side.

Ben was born September 8, 1935 in Kenora to Peter and Anne (nee Grega), the third of their six children.

Ben’s strong work ethic and entrepreneurial nature were the cornerstone of the businesses he built in Kenora including Shoal Lake Fisheries and Shoal Lake Wild Rice. He remains a respected leader in the wild rice industry both in Canada and the United States. Ben was also active for many years in local and provincial politics.

Ben was proud of his Ukrainian heritage and remained active in and close to the Ukrainian community in Kenora throughout his life.

Ben developed lifelong friendships with many he encountered through business relations, casual encounters and political associations. He was always engaging, generous in spirit, and a master at balancing hard work and pleasure.

His passion for the Lake of the Woods and wilderness of Northwest Ontario was unsurpassed. He was an avid sportsman and would never pass up an opportunity to host colleagues, friends and family at his cottage on Welcome Channel.

He was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Ann, his brother Gregory and his brother and business partner Bill.

Left to cherish his spirit and celebrate his amazing life are his wife of 65 years, Marion; his children Ben Jr. (Marlene), Donna, Murray (Kathy), Chris, Irene (Jim), Beth (Jim), Ed (Inge) and grandchildren Andrew, Christyn, Danilynn, Thyra, Mark, Jeff, Matthew, Sheldon, Sam, Joe, Allison, Elizabeth, Jeremy, Peter, Benny, Madeline, Thomas, as well as many great-grand children. Also, his brother Mike (Kathy) and sisters Patsy and Diane, and many nieces and nephews.

Ben’s family would like to thank in particular, Dr. Megan Olson, Alexis Peplinskie, John Paul George, grand daughter Allison Crew, Joyce McLeod and dedicated NWLIN Home Care staff who helped us fulfill Ben’s wish to spend his final days in his home surrounded by the love and care of family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Ben’s memory to the Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation.

A private service for immediate family will be held Thursday, October 15, 2020. A celebration of Ben’s life will be announced once social distancing restrictions
are relaxed.

Online condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralhomekenora.com

BROWN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE ENTRUSTED WITH ARRANGEMENTS.

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