Ralph Coole was an ACTC original, a dedicated member, in the club the longest, championed all things ACTC, and active until his untimely passing of a heart attack Friday 18 September 2015. Ralph was present at nearly all the General Meetings since ACTC was founded in 1976, helped every Tierra Bella, Christmas light ride, ice cream social, New Year’s celebration, July 4th pancake breakfast. Even the church we meet at was his Congregational Church. When announcements were made that the church would be opened at some ridiculous hours for the pancake breakfast preparation or other events, it was Ralph who was there to open the church. Of course he was there to close up at the end too – every event.
Ralph led many rides including the Breakfast and Four Corners rides, served as the Treasurer for nearly 20 years until 1996, continued to help ACTC with many tasks including dealing with the IRS — no small task, and retrieved all snail-mails from the club PO Box. Quiet but confident, not looking for the limelight, Ralph was like a tugboat, strong and wise, able to guide and pull the biggest ship to safety. Without him, ACTC would have run aground many a times. Ralph was recognized and received a life-time membership in 2013 for his contribution and unwavering dedication to ACTC.
His family has invited us to a service and life celebration for Ralph at:
First Congregational Church
1980 Hamilton Ave
San Jose 95125
Saturday, Oct 3, 2015, 11am
Tony Le, ACTC President