It is with much sadness that we share Ralph’s passing. When we announced Ralph’s retirement, it was with the hope that he would recover from a series of strokes … which was the catalyst for his retirement. Unfortunately, that was not to be, as he passed quietly in his sleep, surrounded by his family, on the night of January 27, 2021.
Ralph was the voice of our support desk for products running on Microsoft Dynamics SL (eBanking, Project Work Order, Work Order Procurement, and Shop Floor Control) since the early days of Sandler*Kahne Software (SK Global’s predecessor). We get many, many comments from our SL customers that they absolutely loved Ralph!
A Little History:
Prior to Rick Sandler and Tim Kahne founding Sandler*Kahne Software (SK) in 1994, Rick & Ralph, both having backgrounds in consulting with manufacturers, collaborated on a few manufacturing engagements. After SK launched Work Order & Project Work Order for SL (then Solomon), the next project on the table was Shop Floor Control w/Capacity Scheduling. Rick asked Ralph to collaborate on the design of the module. Although his initial relationship with SK was as a consultant, he soon became SK’s 3rd employee.
As SK launched the eBanking Suite for Solomon, which was the natural evolution of Tim’s AP Direct Deposit, Ralph quickly mastered that product…and the rest is history.
Over the years, as we attended SL events, we were consistently asked “where’s Ralph?” They wanted to put a face to his name and voice. We always kidded Ralph that he was like Mr. Wilson on Tool Time (starring Tim Allen) …the neighbor we always heard but never saw! …
When Sandler*Kahne Software evolved into SK Global Software (SKG) on January 1, 2015, Ralph continued to support our SL customers. As Microsoft Dynamic F&O fueled the expansion of SKG, our SL customer base continued to grow. Ralph single-handedly kept up with the support of our SL customers.
We are grateful for all the contributions Ralph made over the years. We will miss him dearly.
Like to make a contribution?:
Elephants held a fascination for Ralph … and a special place in his heart. To him … as with many of us … they are majestic creatures that deserve our protection. In honor of this passion, we are making a contribution in his name to The World Wildlife Foundation’s Adopt an Elephant program. If you would like to learn more and/or make a contribution yourself, click the links in this paragraph.
In 2005, Ralph lost Martha, his wife of 30 years, to kidney failure. We (and his family) thought it would be fitting to make a donation to the American Kidney Fund. If you would like to make a contribution in Ralph’s name, you can click the donate button in the upper right corner of that page.
One of Ralph’s annual traditions was to throw a big party on July 4th, where he would put on a no-holds-barred firework show! Neighbors, friends, and family would all bring their lawn chairs and enjoy the show. In honor of that tradition, his family is planning a “Celebration of Life” event on July 10th in Belair, MD. Given the current pandemic, we will have to see how things develop. Ralph’s daughter, Ella, has said “all are welcome, but nobody is obligated”. We will update this page as things develop.
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