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Ralph C. Fredericks

Ralph Christian Fredericks, age 69 of Columbus, Ohio passed away from cancer at Riverside Methodist Hospital on August 27, 2022.  He was born Ralph Leach on February 22, 1953 in Dayton, Ohio to Turney and Wanda Leach.  Ralph graduated from Fairmont East High School in 1971.  In 1977 he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio University.  Ralph was an accomplished playwright, writing "On the Wings of a Dove," and other works including one off-Broadway run, "Snapshots." He toured the country with his one-man play, "Francis, the Journey and the Dream." He co-wrote and performed a poignant comedy musical, "Leathers and Feathers." Early in his acting career, he changed his name legally to Ralph Fredericks.  Ralph became the premier host at some of the finest restaurants from L.A. to D.C., caring for guests, entertaining them with saucy quips, and his way of making each guest feel valued.  Later, Ralph made Columbus, Ohio his home. Employing at his work and talent for making people feel beautiful and respected, he also used those skills while volunteering at Columbus Dress for Success, where he helped women coordinate fashion ensembles that made them feel fabulous.  On occasion Ralph took to the stage in Columbus, wowing audiences with his unexpected style of storytelling.  His quick sense of humor and uplifting spirit will be greatly missed.  Ralph was preceded in death by his mother, father, and brothers Robert and Kenneth.  He is survived by his brother Keith (Stacy,) sister Janet (Everett,) and his little dog Beulah. He also leaves behind sisters-in-law Mary and Mary Ann, nieces Chris, Arden, Lizzy, and nephew Christopher, also great nieces, nephews, cousins and other beloved family members including Matt, Dan, and Jenny. Many thanks to his oldest friends Joe and Chris, and to his Columbus supporters, cherished friends, and kind medical staff.  Per his wishes, Ralph will be privately cremated. Plans for future celebrations to remember Ralph can be shared to his Facebook page or personally.  If you wish, Ralph would approve of donations to Columbus Dress for Success, or a charity of your choice.  To his friends and family Ralph would say, "Darlings, I loved you all"!  Gard Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Eaton, OH is assisting with arrangements.  Online condolences and other remembrances may be sent by visiting www.gardfuneralhome.com.

 

 


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Guestbook

Mr. Ralph was gracious, loving, inspirational, personable and of course, fashionable. We first met Ralph at Jefferson Country Club. His ability to make everyone feel welcome and special was truly a gift ... one of his many super-powers. Ralph found a way to build each of us up, and he formed a special bond with our son, Collin. From the time Collin was 8 (he's now 16), Mr. Ralph connected with him to build his confidence and impart wisdom (always in a fun way :). We would go to the club to see him and share stories. It became a highlight of our week.! I've never met anyone who could build others up in the way Ralph did; it was truly magical. We are grateful for the smiles, laughs and moments we shared with Mr. Ralph and will always remember him.

Michelle and Don White Sep 10 2022 10:49 AM

Ralph welcomed us with open arms each time we stepped foot in Jefferson. He was so kind and generous with the kids and we truly miss him.

Jen Mercer Sep 2 2022 7:57 PM

Ralph darling, we all love you right back. You were a ray of light of hope in this world and your loss is leaves a big void. In honor of you I hope to better emulate your ability to bring love and positivity with a sense of humor to others.

Sarah Aug 31 2022 10:30 PM


I met Ralph when we were performing for Speak Easy in Columbus - it's a storytelling event. Here's what I wrote about him and posted:

Every so often, you meet someone you know you won’t forget.

Ralph Fredericks was one of those people.

I met Ralph when performing on the storytelling stage in Columbus.

He was a much-loved storyteller at the popular event, Speak Easy, in Columbus, Ohio, where anyone could take the stage and share true personal stories around a theme. I was privileged to share that stage with him.

Ralph was featured in many local storytelling shows, including Six in City at the Ohio State University's Wexner Center for the Arts in 2016.

Ralph was larger-than-life; a gifted conversationalist and raconteur; a bald, self-described "old queen" who often dressed with a touch of flamboyance - perhaps with a flourish of a feather boa, or something in leather - and just the right shoes.

His turns of phrase were entertaining. Because who doesn't laugh at a self-deprecating performance that can be on the edge of stereotype?

But Ralph wasn't about the camp. His observations were deeply astute, hiding pain that he made safe to indulge in.

He had transformed himself in many ways, and he had a story to tell.

Ruth Sternberg Aug 31 2022 1:56 PM

Sad to see. See you on the other side someday Cuz!

Mike Leach Aug 30 2022 4:10 PM

Dear Ralph, the day we met in 1969 in high school, you said “Alright. We can be friends.” and for the next 3years we were. We parted ways after graduation but, In reading about your adventures I’m happy, and not a bit surprised, that you lived the life you thought you would. Thank you for allowing me to be your friend.

Don Delph Aug 30 2022 4:00 PM

Ralph - no one will ever replace the void created by your passing. We helped each other through more than one rough patch which created a very special friendship. I am forever grateful for your kindness, genuinity, support, guidance and love. I am one of many who have been changed by your presence in our lives. You fought hard until you could fight no more. I wish I had had one more day with you. I miss you now and forever. Love, Jennifer

Jennifer Finley Aug 30 2022 3:17 PM

Dear Ralphie, you were my dear big Brother and Friend. I already miss you.
Love, "Panet."

Janet Aug 30 2022 1:52 PM