Age 79, passed away on July 3, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa surrounded by his family. Ralph was the adoring husband of Eileen Elizabeth (nee Shanahan) and loving father of Michael and Laura. He was father-in-law to Debora Brown and Robert Ellis and grandfather to Claire, Gregory, Nicholas and Thomas. Ralph was born in 1940 in Toronto, son of Michael Anthony and Margaret Mary (nee Lyons) Scandiffio. He was predeceased by his brother Peter and sister-in-law Janet, and survived by siblings Michael (June), John (Marianne), Marguerite (Ora Mae Guinness), Thomas (Ivan Marinkovic) and Frances Donley (widow of the late Martin Donley), as well as many nieces and nephews. As a longtime Ottawa physician, Ralph served his community throughout his professional life. He graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1966, then became a Captain in the Medical Services Branch of the Royal Canadian Air Force and joined the Department of Medicine at the National Defence Medical Centre in Ottawa, following his service in Lahr, Germany. Together with his medical partner and life-long friend Dr. Robert Taite, Ralph practiced Family Medicine for nearly 30 years in Beacon Hill and Blackburn Hamlet. He also served for a period as the Chief of Family Practice at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. After private practice, Ralph joined the Appeal Division of the Canada Pension Plan as a Medical Advisor, and later volunteered with Geriatric Psychiatry Community Services of Ottawa. Insatiably curious, Ralph was well-read and loved music, art and photography. His cottage was where he sailed, canoed and found peace and joy with family and friends for nearly 40 years. His other passion was for traveling with the love of his life Eileen and dear friends throughout our country, the hemisphere, and Europe. Ralph’s family wishes to thank the staff of the Radiation Oncology Department at the General Campus of the Ottawa Hospital, Cite Parkway Retirement Residence, and St. Patrick’s Home for their compassionate care. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass and reception on Monday, July 15, 2019 at the Annunciation of the Lord Parish, 2414 Ogilvie Rd., Gloucester, Ontario at 10:30 am. A private family interment will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County or the Bruyere Foundation.
My deepest sympathies to you Michael and the family. Thinking of you at this difficult time and prayers are with you all.
Janet Baker/Rick Baker
Uncle Ralph married to my Aunt Eileen and cousins Michael and Laura our deepest sympathy to you and your family and all those who love and will miss your father, grandfather, and to other loving family members .
Take care Janet and Rick Baker
Margaret Mary Shanahan Getty
Deepest sympathies for my dear brother-in-law Ralph and my dear sister Eileen. Much love, Margaret Mary Shanahan Getty.
Stephen Getty and Diana Gopp
So sorry to hear of Uncle Ralphs passing. Our sympathies to his family.
Dr. Stanley Labow
My sincere condolences
Joanne Jackson-Cote (Brokerlink)
Michael, I was saddened to hear of your father passing away, my sincerest condolences to you & the family.
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father Mike. Thinking of you and your family at this time.
I was sad to learn of Dr. Scandiffio’s passing. He was a wonderful doctor to me and my late husband Pierre. My sincere condolences to all the family.
Dr. Scandiffio was my family physician for 25 years or so. A gentle and kind man. He leaves behind beautiful memories. May God receive him.
Diane (Lemay) Goldenberg
My sincere condolences to Eileen and family. When establishing his practice in Beacon Hill, I was the first nurse hired and always found Dr. Scandiffio to be a professional and caring physician, treating everyone around him with kindness and respect. I have often thought of him over these many years as I wound up living around the corner from where he had his office. He will be greatly missed.