On Friday, September 2, 2022, Ralph Edward Halvorsen, Jr. died unexpectedly in Manchester, CT. He was 62 years old.
Ralph is survived by his bride, Beth and their buddy, Dragon Face; his brother, Michael and his wife Heather of Virginia; his brother, John of Florida; his mother-in-law, Theresa Sohacki; his “sister-wives”, Andrea Sohacki and Kristin Abraham; his brother-in-law, Eric Abraham; his nieces and nephews, Jeremy Halvorsen, Kate and her husband Justin Blackburn, Ben Halvorsen, Madison Halvorsen, and Jack and Cameron Irvine. He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Elizabeth Halvorsen and his biological mother Joan Robidoux.
Ralph was born on December 28, 1959 in Manchester, CT. He graduated from Manchester High School. At the age of 40, he continued his education at Manchester Community College and went on to attend University of Connecticut where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in business. He was employed by the Metropolitan District Commission for 19 years.
Ralph married Beth on October 11, 2009. They were a perfect couple in every way and lived life to the fullest; with dance parties in the kitchen, nights in the sunroom, walks, hikes, and traveling to new places. As much as he loved a quiet night in with Beth, he was always up for a spontaneous night out with friends. When he asked for Beth’s hand in marriage, his soon-to-be mother-in-law said, “You marry Beth, you marry the family.” and boy did he savor his time with family. Ralph was a fitness, car, and motorcycle enthusiast. In his younger days, he participated in bodybuilding competitions and kept his bowling ball biceps and calves in tip top shape! He loved taking bike rides through the country roads and welcomed all (strangers and friends alike) to “Halvorsen Automotive”' where he would spend his weekends fixing their cars. Ralph was a giver; he gave his time, friendship, assistance, and unconditional love to everyone he met. He always had time for everybody else. He genuinely cared to get to know people. He didn’t just give a person in need money or food, he stopped to talk to them and learn their stories. For those who are lucky enough to call Ralph a friend, our lives are better, richer, and fuller because of him. As a wise man once said, “Everyone needs a Ralph in their lives.” ~ Uncle Bud
A memorial service for Ralph is scheduled for Friday, September 9, 2022 at Manchester Funeral Home between 4pm and 7pm. Burial ceremony to be held at a later date. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 10th at the home of Beth and Ralph at 1pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.