Obituary: Ralph M. Buchanan

Ralph M. Buchanan, of Egg Harbor Township, and formerly of Haddonfield, passed away on May 12 at the age of 97. He was predeceased by his parents and brother George. Ralph is survived by his wife, Lorraine, son, Douglas (Mary Jane) Buchanan, daughters Barbara (Lee) Bouggess and Carol (Richard) Coughlin, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Ralph graduated from Haddonfield Memorial High School, Brown Prep in Philadelphia, and attended Ursinus College where he played varsity football and basketball. In 1942 Ralph joined the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1945. After the war he joined his father’s business, Buchanan Electric Company, where he worked for 40 years in Haddonfield and another 10 years in Ocean City, N.J.

Ralph helped to organize Little League Baseball and Midget Football in Haddonfield.  He was a 40-year member of the Haddon Fire Company No. 1, a member of VFW Post No. 2189, Last Man in the Last Man’s Club and member of American Legion Post 38.

Per Ralph’s wishes, all are invited to his graveside memorial service on Friday, May 17, 11 a.m. at Locustwood Cemetery, 1500 Marlton Pike West, Cherry Hill. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Ralph may be made to Haddon Fire Company No. 1, P.O. Box 345, Haddonfield, N.J. 08033.