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RATCHINSKY, Vincent Gordon



In Loving Memory

Ratchinsky, Vincent Gordon

1933 – 2024


Vincent Gordon Ratchinsky, affectionately known as Vince, a pillar of the St. Albert community and a devoted family man, passed away peacefully, on April 26, 2024, surrounded by love and cherished memories.


Vince was a trailblazer, opening the first Bank of Nova Scotia in St. Albert in 1961, setting a standard of excellence as a dedicated Bank Manager and Wealth Advisor. His professional relationship with Don Wheaton, owner of General Motor dealerships across western Canada and in Edmonton, was marked by mutual respect and success. Vince's prowess on the golf course brought him together with the most esteemed businessmen of northern Alberta, but it was his role as a husband, father and role model where he truly excelled.  Vince was a craftsman and engineer as well as the personal barber for his three boys, creating everything from state-of-the-art soapbox cars to cool buzz cuts with a skillful touch. His family relished adventurous vacations across North America, journeying from the icy reaches of the Yukon to the sunny climes of the Yucatán in a tent trailer that was one of Vince's DIY home-built masterpieces. Through his hard work and dedication, he ensured his family wanted for nothing, blessing them with a life rich in experiences, life lessons and joy.


Upon retirement, Vince didn't slow down; instead, he channeled his management and entrepreneurial spirit into starting an Orange Julius franchise, becoming a trendsetter in the fast-food industry. His leadership skills shone through as he served as the first lieutenant to the Mayor of St. Albert, his wife, Mayor Anita Ratchinsky. Together, they were instrumental in guiding the growth and development of St. Albert through the transformative late 80’s and 90’s.


Vince’s commitment to his sons was always evident to all, baseball coach, ice hockey mentor and pool shark. Vince's commitment to community service was singularly unwavering working tirelessly with the Lions Charity organization, making a difference until his final days. A devoted husband, knowledgeable mentor and loyal friend, Vince's absence will be profoundly felt by his beloved wife, Anita; his three sons, Mark, Scott, and Kelly; his six grandchildren; and his five great-grandchildren. His legacy is imprinted on the many lives he touched, the community he helped flourish, and the family he adored.


Vince's life was a testament to love and laughter, and his memory will continue to inspire those who were fortunate enough to know him. As we bid farewell to this remarkable man, we take comfort in the indelible memories he leaves behind—a legacy of love, leadership and lasting impact.


A celebration of Vincent Ratchinsky's life will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. in the Grandin Room at the St. Albert Inn,156 St. Albert Trail, where friends and family will come together to honor his remarkable journey.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Lions Charity organization in Vince's honor, to continue his lifelong dedication to service and community enrichment.


Rest in peace, dear Vince Ratchinsky. You will be forever cherished and remembered.


With love and gratitude,

Anita, Mark, Scott and Kelly


To send condolences, please visit


Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home

St. Albert Chapel

(780) 458-2222

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