Ralph Leroy Thwaite, age 88, passed peacefully at his home in Warrenton, VA on Thursday, June 13th, 2019. He was born in Swissvale, Pennsylvania on April 14th, 1931, son of the late Clarence & Ethel Thwaite.
Ralph will be remembered for his sunny disposition, love of life, devotion to Christ and willingness to help others. Many lives, as well as his own, were enriched through his service as an active volunteer with various charities including Habitat for Humanity, Disaster Response and numerous church missions. People in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras and across the USA will remember him for his help in building homes, schools and places of worship. The rest of us will remember him for his determination to brighten our day. Sometimes that was done with a joke, a story, a poem, a silly song or simply a genuine smile. He would want all of us to continue to smile anytime we think of him.
Ralph is survived by two daughters, Coella Drenske & her husband, David of Cortez, Colorado and Lori Thwaite of Bowie, Arizona; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 55 years, Lois Marie Thwaite; and three siblings, Eleanor Carson, James Thwaite & Robert Thwaite.
A memorial service in celebration of Ralph’s life will be held on Sunday, June 30th beginning at 2 pm at Bethel United Methodist church, 6903 Blantyre Rd., Warrenton, VA 20187. A reception will follow the service in the church hall. Friends and family will reassemble at Sudley UMC cemetery, 5308 Sudley Rd., Sudley Springs, VA at 10 am on Monday, July 1st for the committal.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fauquier Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 3189, Warrenton, VA 20188, Bethel United Methodist church, or the Boy Scouts of America.
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