Obituary: Sir James Ralston

Obituary: Sir James Ralston

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Sir James Ralston
Sir James Ralston

Sir James Ralston, president of Sun Constructions Corp. of Calgary, has lost his long battle with cancer in a London, England hospital. President of the firm for 35 years, he was an architect, engineer and international project manager and a philanthropist who gave millions to build schools and orphanages overseas. He was the husband of Carolyne Lederer-Ralston, a 38-year Realtor in the Greater Toronto Area and broker of record and president of Carolyne Realty. She is also REM’s Gourmet Cooking for Realtors columnist.

James’ head office was downtown Calgary, but he resided in North York, Ont. He travelled the world with a team of eight workers, including his estimator Andrew Gurr of Ottawa and his Calgary secretary and office manager, Barbara Aniston.

James also leaves his son Brad. He was a University of Toronto engineering student and has moved to Australia to live with his guardian, who was James’ best friend in Toronto for many years.



James Ralston was a philanthropist who helped build schools and orphanages overseas.
James Ralston was a philanthropist who helped build schools and orphanages overseas.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Our Heartfelt condolences & most sincere sympathies in the loss of your husband Carolyn. It was so wonderful you found each other but now so tragic that such a wonderful kind compassionate human being has been taken from you much too soon. Think8ng of you
    Rose Mary & Ron Morris, Brampton, On

    • Thank you Rose Mary and Ron. He fought so hard to live, for several years. Recovered from several comas; then didn’t. I am recovering well from a massive heart attack and not dealing well with the grief process. I had put my licence and my business on hold to concentrate on keeping James alive.

      Writing my gourmet cooking REM columns helps provide a little respite.

      You both always were, and are, special people. And your condolences are much appreciated. Fond memories. Be blessed.

      Sincerely
      Carolyne Lederer-Ralston

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