Published in San Francisco
Chronicle from April 10 to April 12, 2012
Ralph L. Selleck A
third-generation San Franciscan, Ralph, passed away on April 7, 2012.
He was proud to have reached the age of 90.
He leaves behind Esther, his wife of 56 years, his daughter Denise, and
good friend Kelli Crow.
Ralph was a Staff Sergeant in the Army during World War II. An excellent
typist, he typed through two theaters (Europe and the Aleutians) and was
about to go to the Pacific when the War ended.
After the War, he played baseball for the Chicago Cubs' Farm team in Visalia.
Although baseball was his love, he decided that the Post Office was more
practical. He was a mailman for 32 years and also worked nights and weekends
at Playland-at-the-Beach. He was very active in Golden Gate Branch 214
of the National Association of Letter Carriers where he served many years
as Financial Secretary.
He would want us to add that he always ran unopposed.
In his scarce free time, Ralph spent many years chauffeuring and chaperoning
his daughter and her friends around to points near and far. He never once
got angry with this giggling, shouting and off-key singing gaggle of girls,
many of whom affectionately referred to him as "Daddy."
After retiring at age 55, Ralph spent his time at the race track (he was
never the same after they closed Bay Meadows) and taking care of various
older friends and neighbors who he did errands for. After the last one
passed on, he took up playing the card game Pedro at the San Bruno Senior
Center. He made many friends there and was regarded as the best player
- or so he told us! - and even won on occasion.
Ralph enjoyed going for walks by Ocean Beach, accompanied by his dog Frances
or one of his granddogs Greta, Reggie or Fergus. He also enjoyed watching
baseball, going to movies, especially those at the Balboa Theater, and
watching Seinfeld reruns.
We would like to acknowledge the wonderful care and kindness of the nurses
of TICU3, 6th Floor, at California Pacific Medical Center and the caregivers
and staff at Seniors at Home and at Sutter Visiting Nurses and Hospice.
We say goodbye to a good, sweet, honest, funny and lovable husband, father
and friend. We take comfort knowing he is now frolicking with his furry
friends Perdukie, Butchie Boy, Princie, Frances, Greta, Reggie and Fergus.
May he rest in peace and may his memory be a blessing. We miss you, Ralphie
Private services are planned.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the
San Francisco SPCA or animal charity of your choice.