R. (Ralph) Bunting
Ralph was born in Kelwood, Manitoba where he attended elementary and high school. He graduated in 1954 with a degree in Survey Technology from the Manitoba Technical Institute in Winnipeg.
Ralph began his survey career with Canadian Engineering Surveys in 1954 where he worked out of their Edmonton and Regina offices. In 1960, Ralph moved to All-Can Engineering and Surveys working out of their Calgary office. During these years, Ralph would survey in the winter and return home to Manitoba to farm in the summer.
In 1973, Ralph and his family moved to Red Deer where he was an associate with Snell & Oslund Surveys until he retired in 1989. I remember Ralph saying that it took one quarter section to buy his home in Red Deer.
Ralph articled under Gillis Oslund, ALS from 1974 to 1978 and obtained his commission as an Alberta Land Surveyor in January 1979. He was active in the Alberta Land Surveyors' Association, serving as a member of Council from 1987 to 1989 and as a member of several committees. Ralph was also active in the community. When his sons were still at home, Ralph was a regular at the local hockey rinks and ball diamonds. In his later years, he was a volunteer at the Red Deer archives and put in many hours cataloguing the field notes, plans and other items donated to the archives by Charlie Snell, ALS.
Ralph was a hard worker, often working overtime in the evening or weekends to complete a well site or pipeline survey promised to a client the next day. He enjoyed doing the fieldwork whenever he could and his chainmen were hard pressed to keep up with him in the field. He took great pride in being the first one up a steep hill while carrying more than his fair share of the Wild DI10 Distomat. He was a conscientious surveyor and was well respected by all that knew him.
Ralph Bunting passed away in Red Deer on January 19, 2003.