Ralph Johannes Maddess

November 26, 1947October 13, 2013

It is with sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Dr. R.J.Maddess of Vernon, BC. from brain cancer. Ralph was born in Gimli, Manitoba in 1947 but spent much of his youth growing up in the United States. He received his MA and PhD in Psychology from U of Victoria. Ralph loved the outdoors and nature; he would tramp through forests with his Elkhound dogs and rescue birds, insects and animals whenever needed. He worked as a clinical psychologist for forty years, positively touching the lives of many people. He taught classes of psychology at Okanagan College and loved working at Round Lake Treatment Centre. He was a visionary - ahead of his time. He was a man of heart and free spirit. He will be sadly missed by his wife, Dawn and her family, his children Matthew (Fabienne) Maddess and Heidi Maddess; his sister Sharon (Ted) Yeadon; his brothers Marvin and Dwight; and his many friends. We give a gold star thank you to Hospice House for their compassionate care. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 pm Nov 29th at Paddlewheel Park. No flowers.


Ralph Johannes Maddess

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August 19, 2014

I think of you at random times in my life and just recently looked you up online to see where you were at these days......what to truly shocked and saddened by your passing. I suffered from a mental illness as a preteen/early teenager (I am now 40) and it was you who helped me when no one else could. I am so very grateful to you for that. I truly believe (and my family would agree) if it were not for you I would not be where I am today in this world. You went above and beyond in your care for me as a patient and to my family when we needed the help so badly. Thank you....

August 15, 2014

We were shocked and saddened by your sudden departure.....but I thank God that we had reconnected and that you were able to help my family. You have been a greatguide and inspiration, with your knowledge, insight, experience, love of nature, keen interest in floatation, humour and humility and we feel honoured to have known you.
dr Zsuzsanna Koller and family: Peter Kende, Ilona Kende.
May God bless your beloved family and may they keep your "bright light" shining.

December 11, 2013

To Ralph's family, -smile because Ralph has lived- and take great care of each other. Thank- you Ralph for your many words of guidance, inspiring tutelage, and reflection. I am very blessed to have received your deep kindness and generosity.
Kate, Vernon BC

Delvin Hall

November 2, 2013

Let me say to your family, Dr. Maddess you were so helpful, so kind and knowledgable, a friend. You are missed. I thank the creator for putting a man like you in my path. I often think of you and will continue to pray for you and your family.

Deanna Leon

November 1, 2013

So sad to hear this news. I would like to thank you for being such an amazing friend over the years. I always looked forward to our talks and you have helped me in so many ways. I wish you well on this new journey. May your spirit be blessed with peace and may your family and friends find comfort in this difficult time. Kukstsamc Dr. Maddes you will be missed dearly.

rosalind williams

October 31, 2013

What a shock to hear you have gone on.... you were a rock for so are missed.
Rosalind and family


October 24, 2013

Our family was touched by your kindness and generous heart..such a dear and wonderful soul

October 21, 2013

Thinking of you in this tough time. Ralph was such a gentle, caring and devoted man. I was always amazed at his abilities, physically and mentally. Losing him is a great loss to many.



October 20, 2013

You were an impressionable man. You helped so many. You will be missed.