Ralph is a 70 year old man who lives in Derry and suffers from insomnia after the death of his wife Carolyn.
Ralph gives Mike Noonan the advice to go on vacation, which leads Mike to his destiny at Sara Laughs on Dark Score Lake.
I looked up and saw an old man that I knew but couldn't quite place.
'Ralph Roberts,' he said. 'I volunteer down at the Red Cross. Me and my wife, Lois.'
'Oh, okay, sure,' I said. I give blood at the Red Cross every six weeks or so. Ralph Roberts was one of the old parties who passed out juice and cookies afterward, telling you not to get up or make any sudden movements if you felt woozy.
- Chapter 5