Coral Reefer Ralph MacDonald Dies

posted December 18th, 2011 at 10:02 am

24 Comments »
by Josh Martin

Longtime Coral Reefer Ralph MacDonald died early this morning after battling lung cancer.

From his humble beginnings as the son of Caribbean immigrant parents, MacDonald followed his family’s musical heritage and, in the process, defined the the very nature of percussion in American music.

Our condolences to Ralph’s friends and family.

(H/T Bam Bam)

Update:



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  • Terrisita

    Condolences to his family and the Coral Reefer family. So very sorry for your loss.

  • Chris Mos

    Not good news.  More evidence that cancer sucks.  Rest in peace, Ralph – you will be missed.

  • Sheppac

    So sad, RIP Ralph. Thoughts and prayers to family, Coral Reefer family and friends!

  • Betsy31069

    So very sorry to hear this. R.I.P.

  • Linda

    My condolences to the MacDonald family and to Jimmy and the Coral Reefer family!

  • Linda

    My condolences to the MacDonald family and to Jimmy and the Coral Reefer family!

  • bob schooley

    Its a sad day. You will be missed Ralph!

  • Htroye

    You will be missed but will be keeping the beat in a better place

  • Rolex246602

    may you rest in  peace ralph

  • Geeky Randy

    A sad day for parrotheads.  Sail on, Ralph.

  • Garden_gal20

    The concerts will never be the same without you. RIP

  • Chuck Rainey

    Oceans of love and respect to the living memory of a good friend and his family.

  • Chuck Rainey

    Oceans of love and respect to the living memory of a good friend and his family.

  • Cii143

    God bless Ralph. RIP. Now keeping the beat in Heaven. Every fan will miss him very much. Frank

  • Cii143

    God bless Ralph. RIP. Now keeping the beat in Heaven. Every fan will miss him very much. Frank

  • Waltholza

    So sad you will be missed,”sail on Ralph” RIP

  • Peggyp223

    So sorry for the loss to Ralph’s family and to Jimmy and the Coral Reefers.  He will be missed here but celebrated in Heaven’s conga line.

  • Mbmiller51

    My condolences to the MacDonald family and to Ralph’s band mates.  Ralph made Margaritaville sound better!

  • Folger 830

    Just found out. Can’t believe it! My grandfather had same name and died of same thing. God bless, Ralph, his family and friends. Thanks for everything you gave us. Things will never be the same.

  • Lrpsinger

    I am so sorry to hear about your lose. My thoughts and
    Prayers go out to the whole MacDonald Family. RIP Ralph you will be Missed.

  • Jaycandee

    another piece of our world moves on. At least he lived the dream. Godspeed. WE must carry on the dream parrotheads 

    • folger830

      Amen!

  • Folger830

    Remembering Ralph with an Egg Nog toast. God Bless his family too. Hope they had a Blessed, Healing, and Peace-filled Xmas and will have a Happy and Hope-filled New Year. Can’t believe its been a year already. Loved it when Jimmy and the rest of the Coral Reefers paid tribute to him and did a song in his honor at the VA Labor Day Concert. Ralph still lives in all our hearts.

  • Suzi Sanderson

    Ralph was a wonderful man and will truly be missed not only by the band but by his fans!  So sorry to hear this news.  I’ve known him for over a quarter of a century and have even been known to party with him from time to time – will miss his smile!  Suzi Sanderson

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