Ralph Conner, 55, president of the De Luxe Upholstering Co., Ltd., Waterloo, and prominent Western Ontario artist, died last night in St. Michaels Hospital, Toronto, following a brief illness. He resided at 835 Queen’s Blvd., Kitchener.
Mr. Conner was stricken with a heart attack last week en route to Toronto. He had been in hospital since.
One of Homer Watson’s first pupils, Mr. Conner painted for 20 years. He was considered one of the best artists in Western Ontario. His works have been shown in all the major art exhibitions across Canada. At present his paintings are being shown in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Mr. Conner was a past president of the Kitchener-Waterloo Society of Artists. His father was also a prominent artist.
Born in England, he came to Canada as a child with his parents and settled in Kitchener. He was employed by the old DeLuxe Furniture Co., on Gaukel St. When the firm folded he went into partnership and took over the business, assuming the presidency. The business was moved to King St Sout, Waterloo.
Belonged to Masons
He was a member of the Masonic lodge.
Surviving are his wife, the former Muriel Swartz; a son, Gerald A., Waterloo; a daughter, Mrs. George (Mary) Hale, Toronto; two sisters, Mrs. William Van Rooy, St. John’s, Nfld., and Mrs. A. W. Miller, Milwaukee, Wis., and five grandchildren.
The body is at the Ratz-Bechtel Funeral Home, pending funeral arrangements.
Kitchener-Waterloo Record, May 11, 1951