Ralph Sidney Buchanan 85 of Hudson, born May 27, 1931 in Ridgewood New Jersey to Ralph Sr. and Harriet Veach Buchanan.
Ralph died peacefully, surrounded by love on April 19th, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Joan Horvath Buchanan of Hudson, Ohio; his three children: Todd Buchanan of Hudson, Brad Buchanan (Denise Knight) of Novelty, OH and Tracy Buchanan of Hudson; seven grandchildren, Brad Jr., Mary Katherine Buchanan; Nick, Sydney, Lindsey, Meredith Pinkerton, Brooke Buchanan; his brothers, Robert (Nan) Buchanan of Poland, Ohio and James (Nancy) Buchanan of Greensboro, NC and his late sister Elizabeth (Mrs. Robert) George.
Ralph paid his way through Westminster College while playing trumpet with the Keystone Pioneers. Upon graduation, his first job was as a manager for Sterling Lindner Davis Co. This job brought him to Cleveland where he met the love of his life, Joan and they were married in 1959. They would eventually move to New Wilmington, PA where Ralph owned The Overlook Medical Clinic, a full facility nursing home and he was also President of the Nursing Home Association for Pennsylvania. Together with Joan in 1976, they decided to fulfill a life long dream of owning a Vermont Country Inn when they purchased Spruce Pond Inn and moved to Stowe, Vermont with their three children. While their children were in college, Ralph continued exploring different business interests and eventually became a part owner of Young Galvanizing, Inc., which brought them back to Hudson, Ohio. Always the entrepreneur, Ralph purchased commercial property in Hudson, Ohio to create with his sons what became the very well known restaurant, The Inn at Turner's Mill. Ralph and Joan were usually found in the Tavern at their favorite table near the door where they would welcome everyone that came.
A hallmark of his success in business was his ability to make his employees feel like part of his family. Known by all that worked with him at the restaurant as "Mr. B", he lived by the mantra work hard, but play hard. Always a lover of good music, Ralph will always be remembered as the consummate host with a hearty laugh, a glass of Old Grand Dad, and a singing voice that would fill the room.
Family time was important to Ralph and he loved to travel on vacation. There were many trips, but one of his favorites was to Italy as well as a trip to Hungary to visit Joan's relatives.
Later in life, Ralph cherished his role as a Grandfather. Gramps loved his visits with the grandchildren as they came for a swim or raced around the yard in his Gator.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 13th at 10:00am at First Congregational Church 47 Aurora St. Hudson, OH 44236. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The First Congregational Church of Hudson, Ohio.
Arrangements by Johnson-Romito Funeral Home Hudson, OH (330) 650-4181. www.johnsonromito.com
(Johnson-Romito Funeral Home (330) 650-4181 HH 4-26-17)