December 10, 1956 - April 03, 2015
Ralph Douglas BREMS
1956 - 2015
Our beloved husband, father, friend, and brother passed away peacefully and unexpectedly at his home in Seattle on April 3, 2015; he will be forever missed.
Ralph Brems lived life with great passion for his family, friends, and all who knew him. He touched the lives of many with his enthusiasm and love of people. He was a longtime Magnolia resident and loved his community and Our Lady of Fatima Parish and School, where his daughters attended class. He considered the neighborhood, parish and school part of his extended family.
He was born in Seattle on December 10, 1956, to Constance and Axel Brems and was one of five children. He graduated from Newport High School in 1975. Following in his father’s footsteps, Ralph chose a career in construction. He graduated from Central Washington University in 1983 in construction management and had a long successful career in commercial construction.
While at Central, Ralph met his loving wife of 26 years, Susan Lawrence. They married in 1988 and have three daughters, Geneva, Veronica and Noelle. He was proud of and devoted to his family; all were the loves of his life. He delighted in family trips to Cabo, Mexico, cheering on his daughters’ sports teams, and cooking and baking with his family.
Ralph’s boisterous, infectious personality was well suited to the construction industry. He worked for Mortenson Construction’s Seattle office and some career project highlights include: Elliott Bay Seawall, Tulalip Hotel, Providence Hospital Everett, Lynnwood Recreation Center, Cabela’s Tulalip store, and the 35-story Cosmopolitan Condominiums. He also was a dynamic peer mentor and motivational speaker and was proud of his efforts and leading role in social equity for Mortenson. Six months ago he accepted a position with Andersen Construction and appreciated the opportunity to work with a Pacific Northwest family-owned firm. Ralph was welcomed into the Andersen Construction family and was excited about being a part of their continued success in Seattle.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Susan; daughters, Geneva, Veronica, and Noelle; brothers, Christian (Vicki), James (Alison), and Brian; nieces, LisaMarie (Todd), and Sonia. His sister, Alice Marie Brems, and his parents have preceded him in death.
A Celebration of Life with a Funeral Mass
will be held for Ralph on
Friday, April 24th, at 10 a.m. at
Our Lady of Fatima Church,
3218 W Barrett St, Seattle 98199
Hoffner Fisher & Harvey
Guest book at harveyfuneral.com