‘A legend’: Ralph Vold passes away at 91

Ralph Vold, founder of Wolf Creek golf Resort in Ponoka and a the first Livestock Market Association Canada Hall of Fame inductee, died earlier this month. (Photo courtesy of Wombold Family Funeral Homes)

Ralph Vold, founder of Wolf Creek golf Resort in Ponoka and a the first Livestock Market Association Canada Hall of Fame inductee, died earlier this month. (Photo courtesy of Wombold Family Funeral Homes)

Ralph Vold, the founder of Wolf Creek Golf Resort in Ponoka and a livestock industry legend, passed away on April 14 at the age of 91.

The 1991 Alberta Sports Hall of Fame inductee was born in Edmonton in 1930 and did his primary schooling in Asker, Waterglen and Calumet, before attending high school in Ponoka.

Vold proved to be a gifted multi-sport athlete.

He played as a defenceman for the Western Hockey League’s Crowsnest Pass Lions and in 1952 played for the Boston Olympics, which was the farm team of the Boston Bruins.

Baseball then became a focus, as he pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers and San Fransisco Giants organizations. He was also a relief pitcher for the Edmonton Eskimos, a team in the Canadian-American Baseball League that went on to win several pennants.

After his pitching days were over, Vold purchased the auction market in Ponoka with his brother Harry, and Shorty and Bill Jones – it then became the Vold Jones and Vold Auction.

Vold was the first inductee in the Livestock Market Association Canada Hall of Fame and is the reason that cattle are still sold by the pound and not kilograms.

“The Livestock Marketing Industry lost a legend this week,” the association said in a Facebook post on April 16.

“Ralph Vold was one of the leaders of the auction market industry. He was a LMAC president and the first inductee into the LMAC Hall of Fame. LMAC sends their condolences to the entire Vold family. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.”

Vold opened the Wolf Creek Golf Resort in the early 1980s. Wolf Creek Golf Resort expressed sadness following his death in a post on Instagram last week.

“Many words have been used to describe Mr. Vold and his impact on the cattle industry, baseball, hockey, golf and more throughout Alberta. Icon. Legend. Entrepreneur. Visionary,” the post said.

“Our old Head Pro Clint Duff said it right describing Mr. Vold as a real-life John Wayne. We simply knew him as Ralph. Someone who appreciates hard work and valued his family.”

He was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame as both a multi-sport athlete and builder.

Vold is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dolores “Del”; sons Ryan (Ellie) and Blair (Sheryl); daughters Lori, Cathy (Joe), and Vicky (Duane); 15 grandchildren; and 28 great grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Calnash Ag Event Centre in Ponoka at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. The service will also be livestreamed on Vold’s obituary page at womboldfuneralhomes.com.



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