1942 - 2021
Ron passed away on September 20, 2021 at the age of 79 with his daughters at his side, who will continue to honor his legacy by living their lives as Ron lived his - always humble and always kind.
Ron was predeceased by his loving wife Carol in 2000, and then by Dianne, the second love of his life and second wife, in 2017. Leaving behind to cherish his memory are his daughters, Cathy (Brian) Scott, and Christine (Gary) Bray; grandchildren, Megan (Scott) Latimer, Garrett (Julie) Robitaille, Michael, Jason, Cory (Alicia) Scott, Matthew (Alyson) and Taylor; great grandchildren: Kaycen, Aliese, Estelle, Greyson, Emelia, Riley and Kaleb; sister, Vicky Haberman of the Seattle, Washington area, life-long best friends Terry and Dianne Dunnigan as well as numerous beloved extended family and friends.
When Ron met Carol Allen it was love at first sight for them both. They quickly got married and soon Catherine and Christine came along. Carol's only complaint was when you marry a man who can fix anything, you never get anything new! During their marriage, besides building and running several successful Alberta businesses, Ron accomplished many things with his quiet determination - using his mechanical talents and hard work he built many things, including the "two-seater" bicycle, a pontoon houseboat, the RR barn at the acreage and he converted a burned-out Greyhound bus into a mobile commercial kitchen, just to name a few! Ron had an uncanny way of finding happiness in a jar full of doodads!
Those who knew Ron best knew that the most pleasure he got in life was helping others - whether it was fixing a neighbor's furnace on a cold winter night or helping someone down on their luck get back up.
Ron never backed down to a challenge – he was known for ingenious solutions to problems, many of which would involve duck-tape or silicone.
However, possibly the most courageous fight Ron fought in life was his battle with dementia. He was stoic and brave right to the end - never complaining and always the gentleman still saying “thank you”.
We are grateful to all the amazing caregivers at both St. Albert Retirement Residence and Villa Caritas who helped take wonderful care of him.
A Private Graveside Service will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s’ Society of Alberta or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta.
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Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home
St. Albert Chapel