Joseph is married and lives in Simcoe with his wife and 4 daughters.  He was educated in Northern Ontario and became a southerner in 1975.

He is retired and was the past President and Chief Negotiator for the Grand Erie Occasional Teacher Local, President of Ontario Public School Teachers Federation, Norfolk district.  He also was a junior and senior elementary teacher at the Grand Erie District School Board.

He is the founder and former artistic director of the Young Theatre Players.  He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Norfolk Association for Community Living.

Ralph was elected as Director-at-Large to the Community Living Ontario Board of Directors in 2014 where he served a two-year term.  He also sits on the Board of Directors for his Condo building.