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It is with great sorrow I am informing you that Ralph Blackford aka ponydrvr passed away last night after a long illness. Ralph was always ready to lend a hand, give advice or crack a joke. He was a member on MV since 2008.

Ralph was a fixture at the MP3 gatherings and even went to the most recent one last September in KY even though he was not riding just to hang out with old friends. He was a friend and mentor to many of us and he will be missed. Rest in peace brother.
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This is the last pic I took of Ralph and his wife. It is from our most recent Gathering at Natural Bridge State Park in KY. Ralph drove over just to hang out with the group.
This is the last pic I took of Ralph and his wife. It is from our most recent Gathering at Natural Bridge State Park in KY. Ralph drove over just to hang out with the group.
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I'm sorry to hear this. Though I never knew him, it sounds like he was a great guy. Condolences to his friends and family.
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Sticky,

Seems like there is more of this going on as I get older. It is tough to loose
old riding friends that you shared such great experiences with.

Rest in peace Ralph Blackford.

Best to you Sticky for Thanksgiving.

Bob Copeland
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Ralph was a good friend to us all. He will be missed deeply. We had many a meal together and many miles on the road. He was also our support driver in 2018 for that Scootercannonball from Morro bay to Virginia Beach.
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Lost another good one. RIP, ponydrver!
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the lemonade run in 2011
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double posted pic , sorry
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I will miss Ralph. Always enjoyed spending time with him. Blessings to Charmaine and the rest of his family.
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We lose another good one.

While I have missed the gatherings over the past few years, I will always remember Ralph's kindness and helpful nature.

My best to Charmaue and all of his friends and family.

Bill
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My sincerest condolences to Ralph's friends and family. Share stories of his exploits, good deeds, or a few tall tales, and know he's no longer suffering.
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My deepest sympathies to his friends and family. Very sorry for your loss.
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Ralph will be missed and long remembered as a great friend. I am thankful he made it to September Gathering for one more time of good fellowship. He didn't just attend gatherings he helped arrange them and planned some rides going back more than 10 years.
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What a charming smile. I'm sad to read that another member has passed away. One look at the photos show that this man was loved.
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OAD, thanks for calling me Friday and letting me know. Has anyone heard about funeral arrangements or if Ralph had a charity designated to donate to?

Mark
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