When Ralph Wadleigh Hoyt died on June 20, 2018 at 91, Jacksonville lost a terrific guy.
In the 50s and 60s, Ralph provided much listening pleasure to all with Hoyt Stereo in the then brand-new Roosevelt Mall; many people still remember the 45 r.p.m. records they purchased at Hoyt’s. Later, he and his wife Nancy moved to the beach and established The Pineapple Post, featuring beautiful gifts and furnishings for homes at Ponte Vedra and Sawgrass.
Ralph’s greatest achievements in his life were his 63-year marriage to his adored Nancy, and his wonderful relationship with his three daughters, Brooks (John Rob), Betty (Percy), and Anne (Steve) and sister, Marillyn (Clyde). He was also a proud WWII veteran and the biggest Tar Heel fan you’ll ever know.
Ralph lived a happy and fulfilled life as an active member of his beloved Riverside Presbyterian Church and, as he loved nothing more than helping others, was involved in many outreach programs. He and his family enjoyed many years in the mountains of North Carolina, where they spent happy summers playing cards, tennis, entertaining friends and taking his seven grandchildren on adventures.
Ralph will forever be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, friend and a servant of God. He was a lover of life, he was kind, generous, had a great sense of humor and spending time with him was always memorable, creating a great time for all.
Ralph is survived by his daughters, Brooks H. Holland and Anne H. Carlson; grandchildren, Anne, Rob, Christine, Hoyt, Carter, Nancy, and Marilyn; and 13 great grandchildren.
In memory of Ralph, reach out to someone in need, as he did all his life.
Donations may be made to Riverside Presbyterian Church, 849 Park St. 32204, or Community Hospice, 4266 Sunbeam Rd., 32257.
A family service will be scheduled at a later date.
Arrangements are with Evergreen Funeral Home & Crematory (904) 353-3649.