Ralph “Yeffe” P. Kimball
Ralph “Yeffe” P. Kimball, age 94 of Shrewsbury, MA, and Saco, ME, a retired Pattern Maker,
died peacefully on 28 August. In his final hours he was surrounded by his loving family.
He leaves sons Kevin M. Kimball of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Brian R. Kimball and his wife Laura of
Shrewsbury, Neal F.X. Kimball of Shrewsbury and grandchildren Matthew & Jonathan Kimball
and Amanda Rose Kimball all of Shrewsbury. A son, Terry J. Kimball, died in 1972. His beloved
wife and soulmate, Shirley M. (Martin) died in January, 2018. They would have celebrated their
70 th wedding anniversary in the year of her passing.
Ralph was the son of the late Victor J. and Karolina (Kudarauskas) Kimball and lived in
Shrewsbury all of his life. He graduated from Worcester Vocational High and attended
Worcester Junior College.
Ralph was a World War II, U.S. Navy veteran and served in the Pacific Theater for two years
until the end of the war. He served aboard the Destroyer the USS Cushing as a radar operator
and saw much action.
Ralph loved working with wood. He worked as a Pattern Maker for over 40 years, retiring as
Forman from S.R. Cross & Sons Pattern Shop in Worcester. He ran his own carpentry business
for a time building homes and additions. He was also an accomplished Cabinet Maker and built
the most beautiful furniture and custom cabinets. In retirement he enjoyed restoring fine
period antique furniture for friends and local antique dealers. For years he worked part time at
Worcester Oar and Paddle building racing shells and sculls that were utilized across the country
and beyond. He and his wife raised their family and lived their entire lives in the house Ralph
built with his own hands in 1948.
Ralph also loved fishing and boating and was an avid sailor. He and his wife Shirley kept a
sailboat for many years moored in the Saco River near their Saco, Maine vacation home.
He and Shirley loved to visit new places and in their early years of retirement they traveled the
He was a member of the Greendale Retired Men’s Club and its bowling league and the
Shrewsbury Historical Society.
He will be buried in Mountain View Cemetery. Services will be private. There are no calling
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen Street, Suite
250, Framingham, MA 01701, or alternatively, donations can be made online at cancer.org.
Boston Cremation is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave a message of condolence
for Ralph’s family in the Guest Book please visit www.bostoncremation.org.
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