It is with great sadness that we announce that Ralph Leslie Hefler, 90, passed away at home in the presence of his loving family on February 14, 2017.
Ralph was born and raised in Lynn, Mass., the son of James and Margaret (MacDonald) Hefler. He graduated from Lynn English High School and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he proudly served from 1944 to 1947, including a tour of duty in Okinawa, Japan.
When he returned home after the war, Ralph met and married his forever Valentine, the late Barbara (Scott) Hefler. The two made their home and raised their family in Marblehead. He was an extraordinary father to his children, an ideal father figure to his oldest grandson, Erik and a role model for his youngest grandson, Bill. Nothing was more important to him than his family. He was at his happiest at family gatherings for the holidays, cookouts and any other occasion that brought his family close.
He retired from a long career with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, finishing in the Department of Industrial Accidents, where he made many friendships and was highly respected for his work ethic.
Ralph loved fishing and had a rod in hand whenever possible. His favorite activity was sitting in his “yacht” in the pond at his son’s house. He loved people, had a wicked sense of humor and a generous heart. He always lent a hand to those who needed help. He will be deeply missed by all of those whose lives he touched.
Ralph leaves his children, Christine (Hefler) Sandgren of Marblehead, his son, Scott Hefler and his wife, Karen Jean (Woodfin) Hefler of South Hampton, N.H., and daughter, Karen Hefler of Marblehead; his grandsons, Erik Andrew Sandgren of Marblehead and William Hefler of South Hampton, N.H.; his sister, Shirley Bond and her husband, Ray of Bristol, Rhode Island; his sister-in-law, Doris Hefler of Nahant; his cousins, Fred Sullivan of Marblehead and Patricia Eggermann of Huntington, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Frederick and Russell (Buddy) Hefler. He also leaves cherished friends, Priscilla Stocker and Raymond Orne. Ralph’s family is grateful for the kind support and guidance of Care Dimensions Hospice.
Donations may be made in Ralph’s memory to the Home for Little Wanderers, 10 Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135 or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.
Fish on Dad!
At Ralph’s request, there will be no services.
Published on  February 20, 2017