Ralph J Pierce

June 23, 1935 ‒ June 22, 2008

Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania

MARCUS HOOK, PA: Ralph J. Pierce, 72, of Marcus Hook, PA, and formerly of Chester, PA, went to be with the Lord Sunday evening June 22, 2008 from Lexington Court Care Center in Lexington, Ohio.

Ralph was born June 23, 1935 in Chester to Rayford and Mary Pierce and remained a Chester area resident most of his life. The past ten years he spent in Marcus Hook, moving to Ohio only days ago.

He had worked with B.J. Meat Packing in Chester for years before taking a position with the City of Chester Department of Highways.

For more than 30 years he volunteered with Felton Hose Chemical & Company (which became Chester Township Fire Department), and holds an honorary life membership in the fire department.

Ralph was also a member of the Over-the-Hill-Gang, a social club for retired firefighters; and enjoyed attending the worship services at his retirement home.

First and foremost he was A Dad! Such a simple man, never needed or wanted much in life, but for his kids to be happy. This Dad never had an education, not sure he had the chance to get one, but he wanted his kids to have one. He was certainly selfless…never concerned for himself, his kids and others were what mattered to him.

He took time for walks. Walks on hot days, walks in the deep snow, walks to the store, walks to get that special Christmas tree, and walks for just something to do.

He’d listen to me count 1 to 100, just listening, and how important that made me feel, and yet there were three of us kids.

His tears fell at the impending divorce, yet his focus remained on his children. This life does not seem long enough.

Did we tell him “thank you for everything you’ve given us?” Did we tell him “thank you for everything you’ve taught us?”

I asked him “Are you happy, Dad?” his answer “Are you?” I said, “Yes” and he replied, “then so am I.” I wonder how your happiness relied on mine until I had children of my own, and find myself so happy when they laugh and smile. I feel so happy when they are, and sad when they are. I now understand how this can be.

I thank you for teaching me that these simple things in life are what really matter. I thank you for being that kind of Dad. For I know you are a true gift from God, for I know no one who had so little to give…but gave everything to us. We love you Dad.

Blessed to be his children are Raymond Pierce of Chester, Mary (Scott) Haas of Lexington, Ohio, and Donna Hotham of Shiremstown; his grandchildren are Caitlyn Haas and Colton Haas, and Brianna Hotham and Adam Hotham; and his very protective canine companion, a real mixed Chester mutt was Holly.

The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, Mansfield, Ohio is honored to serve the Pierce family with services at their convenience.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Delaware County Hero Scholarship Fund.

Condolences may be made to the Pierce Family online, by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com