Ralph was born in Hothersal Turning, St Michael, Barbados on 16th March1936,the fifth of six children. He attended St Matthews Boys School and St Matthews’s Church, and studied at the Evening Institute while working at various jobs. He came to London in September 1956 as a bus conductor, where he worked for 9 years, as well as giving assistance to fellow Barbadians and other Caribbean people. As a member of the North London West Indian Association, Ralph, worked with people up against the ‘SUS’ laws and Police raids on parties. He also helped reverse the Educationally Sub-normal classification and the bussing across London of many black children.
After 9 years working as a bus conductor he left London transport to work at the Mount Pleasant Post Office as a Royal Mail postman. His activities as a Voluntary Community Worker increased, to the extent that he took a full time post as Deputy Senior Race Relations Officer with -Hackney Community Relations Council from 1973 to 1987.
Ralph joined the management staff of Alexandra Palace and Park in 1987 as its Race Equality Officer. His interest in black people’s history and culture led to his becoming founder Member of the Sam Uriah Morris Black History ‘Museum in Hackney. The last nine years saw Ralph work as the Race Relations Adviser to the Bishops, Clergy and Church members in the Diocese of Southwark.
Ralph served as a voluntary Verger at his local church, St Paul’s, in Finchley from April 1996, organising an annual gift of toys to the Thelma Vaughan Children’s Home in Barbados. Concerts held at St Paul’s contributed to the refurbishment of St Matthew’s Church Barbados.
Aware that young people formed the future, Ralph was at the forefront of Twinning between Hackney and Barbados. He also served as a committee member of the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council, which raises funds for the promotion of exchange visits between the young people throughout the Commonwealth.
From 1982, Ralph served as a Justice of the Peace (Magistrate) at the North Westminster Bench, transferring to Juvenile (Crime) in 1984 and the Family Proceedings Court in 1991. He was a Toastmaster and in 2002 was awarded an OBE for services to community relations. He received a St Mellitus Medal in 2011 in recognition of his substantial contribution to the Christian life of London.