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
world.

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
hours.

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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4 Condolences

  1. Joan (Grimley) Weyburn on September 6, 2020 at 11:57 am

    Kevin,
    Read about your dad and his long life. Though I don’t remember him so much as your mom,I wanted you to know that I wish you well.



  2. Mark Skiesto on September 6, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    Brian and Family
    So sorry to hear of your dads passing . Condolences to you and your family

    Mark & Karen



  3. Cynthia Carlson on September 7, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    I had the great privilege of meeting Mr. Kimball in May of last year when he, my dad and another WWII veteran were interviewed by students in the honors history class at Shrewsbury High School. He impressed me as a kind and honorable man. I’m so very sorry for your loss.



  4. Outcast on November 18, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    Sorry Dad that your other sons did not tell me you were sick and never even told me you had died until two weeks after your death. They were so anxious to claim your estate and eliminate me as an heir that I guess that took priority. I hope they enjoy their inheritance and property including my share which they stole. If it were that important that they cast aside their own flesh and blood then they should have it. Rot in hell and you should always look over your shoulder as you never know when vengeance may strike!
    Watch your back…always..



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