1955 – 2022
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ron on January 8, 2022 while he was surrounded by his loving family. His long battle has now come to an end.
He will be missed by his wife Francine; their children Sean and Lauren (Everitt), grandchildren Clark and Sullivan; his siblings (Bev, Rick, and Dale) along with their families; numerous in-laws, extended family, and countless friends.
A memorial celebration will be planned for a later date.
Ron was born in Toronto to parents Bill and Amy. He moved to northern Ontario where he began his Millwright Apprenticeship. In the late 70’s he moved out to Alberta and he never looked back. He worked at a number of industries including a coal mine and oil refinery. His education continued at NAIT where he earned a Mechanical Engineering Technology degree. He then became an instructor of Millwright apprentices at NAIT. He always put the best interests of his students as a top priority.
He married Fran in 1989 and together they raised Sean and Lauren. From playschool through to graduation and beyond, and through all the hockey rinks and school concerts, he was always involved and supportive. The family loved to travel and whether it was a camping trip, a luxury cruise, or a trip on two wheels, he took pleasure in seeing new places and learning new things.
Ron was an avid motorcycle enthusiast. He loved to ride and work on bikes, especially Harley–Davidsons and Nortons. He was an active member of the Old Strathcona HOG chapter and recently joined the NORAL Vintage Motorcycle Group where he participated in shows and activities.
We wish to give special thanks to Dr. Karen King and the staff at the Cross Cancer Institute; Dr. Kevin Klingbeil and Dr. Richard Hanelt and the staff at the Grey Nuns Hospital for the kind, compassionate care Ron received over the years. The MAID team allowed him to have control over his final decision and to maintain his dignity. We are extremely grateful to them.