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Discussion: Ralph Lindzon

in: Orienteering; General

Jan 20, 2023 10:29 PM # 
Sad news. Ralph Lindzon, Attackpointer and longtime orienteer, passed away suddenly yesterday at the age of 67. His family has written a lovely obituary.

I'll miss Ralph's friendly post-race chats, his orienteering knowledge and his enthusiasm for a wide range of outdoor sports, ranging from kayaking to adventure racing to cross-country skiing. I'm grateful for his generosity in advising on legal questions that have arisen in my orienteering volunteer work. He retired several years ago and looked forward to many more adventures.
Jan 20, 2023 10:54 PM # 
Ralph was a frequent visitor to ROC meets. I always enjoyed his enthusiasm for our sport.
Jan 20, 2023 11:26 PM # 
He also took part in many events in Buffalo. It was always a joy to welcome him. I had no idea he was such an accomplished individual.
Jan 21, 2023 1:42 AM # 
Sorry to hear this. I only really knew Ralph by sight but I know he came to lots of US events.
Too young.
Jan 21, 2023 2:39 AM # 
I'm so sorry to hear this. As Rick said, he came to many of our (ROC) meets. I particularly remember his times coming to our annual Rochester Map Adventure.
Jan 21, 2023 2:39 AM # 
Two things -among many- really impressed me about Ralph. One was how frequently he would show up at any orienteering event anywhere. Look at his log of events over the last ten years.
The other was the quality of his contributions to Attack Point. When Ralph wrote; I read. That even though we did not always agree on certain points.
I am shocked to learn of Ralph's sudden passing. For some reason I cannot open that link but I'll get it fixed. In the meantime rest well, my friend. Soon there may be lots of angels getting help finding their way (in more ways than one).
Jan 21, 2023 2:39 AM # 
I'm so sorry to hear this. As Rick said, he came to many of our (ROC) meets. I particularly remember his times coming to our annual Rochester Map Adventure.
Jan 21, 2023 3:16 AM # 
Very sad indeed.
Jan 21, 2023 3:25 AM # 
Gordhun, I had trouble with the link on my iPad but it worked after I closed Attackpoint and opened it in a new tab. Here is the home page of the funeral home in case it works more reliably.

I agree with you about Ralph’s thoughtful contributions to discussions here.
Jan 21, 2023 3:29 AM # 
Yes, sad.
Ralph was always enthusiastic about the sport. The only time that I knew him to be disappointed was when Covid restrictions made it impossible for him to travel to the US for an orienteering meet.

Here is the text of the obituary

LINDZON, Ralph - Passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 19th, 2023. Beloved father of Joshua Bronfman. Son of Dr. Martin Lindzon (of blessed memory) and Rose Lindzon. Brother and brother-in-law of Fern Lindzon and Richard Shoichet, and Andrew and Margaret Lindzon. Loving uncle to Alexandra, David, Aaron and Adira. Ralph had many accomplishments and passions. He graduated first in his class at UTS then received a BSc from the University of Toronto in physics and math before going on to Stanford University to study international law. As a specialist in securities law, he worked for the Hong Kong government and witnessed the change in its sovereignty from Britain to China. Ralph was an accomplished linguist and a travel enthusiast. In Toronto, he worked for Stikeman Elliott LLP and Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. He climbed a portion of Mt. Everest. He was an avid orienteer, cross country skier, and an accomplished triathlete and trivia player. He had a love of the outdoors and was excited to retire to Port McNichol, Ontario, and pursue his passions which included chairing the Management Board of the RJ and Diane Peterson Keewatin Foundation. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue W
(three lights west of Dufferin) for service on Sunday, January 22nd at 2:00 p.m. Interment at Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. The family requests that donations be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada 1-888-473-4636 or to a charity of your choice.
Jan 21, 2023 4:53 AM # 
Sad news indeed. Always enjoyed chatting with Ralph when we met at various events across the continent. He will be missed.
Jan 21, 2023 4:56 AM # 
I too will miss Ralph. He was such an affable, friendly guy. And I too was amazed to read of his many accomplishments that I hadn't known about.
Jan 21, 2023 5:26 AM # 
Although he had lots to be proud of, it appears that Ralph didn’t talk about himself much. One of the guest book entries on his memorial page was written by a woman who played trivia against Ralph weekly for more than 20 years without learning that they were both lawyers and both Jewish.
Jan 21, 2023 9:42 AM # 
One of the options for memorial that the family suggests is a donation "to a charity of your choice."
Mine will be to Orienteering Canada in fond memory of Ralph. Care to join me?
Jan 22, 2023 3:42 AM # 
Wonderful idea, Gord. Canada Helps will send a physical card to his family. I used the Shiva address:
Family of Ralph Lindzon (I divided these words between the first and last name fields.)
137 Coldstream Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 1X7
Jan 23, 2023 7:33 PM # 
Very sad news indeed. I will miss Ralph's enthusiasm and his great sense of humour.

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