Charles James Ripley "Rip" Ballantyne, of Kapuskasing, died at Sensenbrenner Hospital on April 3, 2004. He was 91 years old. Born on Sept. 12, 1912 in Ottawa, he grew up on the Dominion Experimental Farm in Kap and started work for Spruce Falls in the mid-1930’s in Smokey Falls. He retired in 1977 as Production Manager. The family said Mr. Ballantyne had a passion for the outdoors and a strong dedication to his community, and that he was a devoted member of the Kapuskasing United Church, Spruce Falls Masonic Lodge, the Jewel Chapter of the Eastern Star and the Royal Canadian Legion where he was branch chaplain. He served as Grand Registrar of the Grand Lodge of Canada of the Province of Ontario and Worthy Grand Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star. He was past board member of the North Cochrane District Homes for the Aged and a past PUC commissioner. The family added that Mr. Ballantyne was honoured to be Mr. Kapuskasing for the town’s 75th anniversary. He is predeceased by brothers Stewart, Edward and James and sister Margaret. He is survived by his wife Wilma, daughters Elizabeth Kauffmann of Kingston and Patricia Ballantyne (Don Lodge) of London, brother Thomas of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, sister Ella England of London and grandchildren Julie, Otto and Donroy. Reverend Brenda Lumsden directed the service on April 8, at Kapuskasing United Church. He will be interred at the Kapuskasing Cemetery.