Ralph ‘The Program Guy’ Platner remembered at North York funeral

News Oct 15, 2014 by Lisa Queen North York Mirror

It wasn’t exactly enough to fill a stadium but about 200 mourners crowded around a North York gravesite Wednesday, Oct. 16, afternoon to say goodbye to Ralph “The Program Guy” Platner.

A fixture for decades at Toronto sports games and concerts, where he sold programs and other items, Platner died Oct. 9 at the age of 67 at Mount Sinai Hospital after suffering a stroke in July.

Although Platner, a North York resident who grew up in the area of Rogers Road and Oakwood Avenue, had no next of kin and was estranged from his extended family, the number of people who attended his funeral at Mount Sinai Memorial Park on Wilson Road east of Keele Street showed how much he was loved, his friend of more than 40 years, Alan Ross, said.

“This is unbelievable. This is a hero’s send off. The man touched many, many lives and he was a gentle, caring person. No one knew how complex he was, not just sports but apparently he loved music and he loved the movies,” he said.

“Just a very kind soul.”

Rabbi Chaim Strauchler agreed.

“For all of us who knew Ralph, I think that we would all agree that, as a person, he would say ‘This isn’t necessary, to have this many people come out for me. It isn’t right’,” he said.

“He was a person who was very humble, a very modest person, a person who never asked for anything from anyone. But each of us knows this is right and it is right that we are here and it’s right that we’re showing him the honour that so many of his friends came out today to show our respect to a friend, to a gentleman, to a person of fine character, a person we love.”

Ralph ‘The Program Guy’ Platner remembered at North York funeral

News Oct 15, 2014 by Lisa Queen North York Mirror

It wasn’t exactly enough to fill a stadium but about 200 mourners crowded around a North York gravesite Wednesday, Oct. 16, afternoon to say goodbye to Ralph “The Program Guy” Platner.

A fixture for decades at Toronto sports games and concerts, where he sold programs and other items, Platner died Oct. 9 at the age of 67 at Mount Sinai Hospital after suffering a stroke in July.

Although Platner, a North York resident who grew up in the area of Rogers Road and Oakwood Avenue, had no next of kin and was estranged from his extended family, the number of people who attended his funeral at Mount Sinai Memorial Park on Wilson Road east of Keele Street showed how much he was loved, his friend of more than 40 years, Alan Ross, said.

“This is unbelievable. This is a hero’s send off. The man touched many, many lives and he was a gentle, caring person. No one knew how complex he was, not just sports but apparently he loved music and he loved the movies,” he said.

“Just a very kind soul.”

Rabbi Chaim Strauchler agreed.

“For all of us who knew Ralph, I think that we would all agree that, as a person, he would say ‘This isn’t necessary, to have this many people come out for me. It isn’t right’,” he said.

“He was a person who was very humble, a very modest person, a person who never asked for anything from anyone. But each of us knows this is right and it is right that we are here and it’s right that we’re showing him the honour that so many of his friends came out today to show our respect to a friend, to a gentleman, to a person of fine character, a person we love.”

Ralph ‘The Program Guy’ Platner remembered at North York funeral

News Oct 15, 2014 by Lisa Queen North York Mirror

It wasn’t exactly enough to fill a stadium but about 200 mourners crowded around a North York gravesite Wednesday, Oct. 16, afternoon to say goodbye to Ralph “The Program Guy” Platner.

A fixture for decades at Toronto sports games and concerts, where he sold programs and other items, Platner died Oct. 9 at the age of 67 at Mount Sinai Hospital after suffering a stroke in July.

Although Platner, a North York resident who grew up in the area of Rogers Road and Oakwood Avenue, had no next of kin and was estranged from his extended family, the number of people who attended his funeral at Mount Sinai Memorial Park on Wilson Road east of Keele Street showed how much he was loved, his friend of more than 40 years, Alan Ross, said.

“This is unbelievable. This is a hero’s send off. The man touched many, many lives and he was a gentle, caring person. No one knew how complex he was, not just sports but apparently he loved music and he loved the movies,” he said.

“Just a very kind soul.”

Rabbi Chaim Strauchler agreed.

“For all of us who knew Ralph, I think that we would all agree that, as a person, he would say ‘This isn’t necessary, to have this many people come out for me. It isn’t right’,” he said.

“He was a person who was very humble, a very modest person, a person who never asked for anything from anyone. But each of us knows this is right and it is right that we are here and it’s right that we’re showing him the honour that so many of his friends came out today to show our respect to a friend, to a gentleman, to a person of fine character, a person we love.”