July 28, 1968 – January 22, 2008
Suddenly taken from us on Tuesday, January 22nd. He will be lovingly missed and remembered by his wife Nadine Clarke; son Curtis and daughters Jayla and Shylane of Comox; parents Gary and Janet Waterfield of Cumberland; brother Gordon Waterfield of Courtenay; grandfather Jim Evans of Courtenay; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Ron was born and raised in Cumberland, BC. This unique place of his boyhood shaped and molded him into the charismatic person he was. On any given day of his youth, one could find Ron mastering his growing self on the playing fields, dirt biking in the coal hills, getting into mischief with his buddies, digging up treasures from Cumberland’s past, or gathering useable junk to fabricate some kind of speed machine. Much of his wisdom was nurtured at his mom and dad’s kitchen table. Ron’s nature and moral code were a true reflection of his mother and father and their strong beliefs. As one friend has described, “He was one of the finest human beings I’ve ever met.”
As a father, Ron was immensely proud of his children, Jayla, Shylane and Curtis and aspired to teach them what he knew about respect for self and others. He believed in his children’s abilities to reach their potential and to create fulfilling lives for themselves. They miss him deeply. As a husband, Ron was an absolute sweetheart of a man who enriched his wife’s spirit with his love.
Ron had a great zest for life, lived his to the fullest and took great pride in his work as a professional faller. He had a strong work ethic and was always safety conscious. He was a leader among men, and a team player who knew how to create morale with his co-workers. Ron held a deep respect for the woods. Mercifully, his life was taken instantly, while doing what he loved.
When he wasn’t in the bush, Ron’s fun-loving side shone through, as did his many talents. He shared his passion for cooking with memorable meals for family and friends. He was also an outdoorsman. Ron enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, dirt biking, four wheel driving and snowmobiling. He was generous of spirit and was commonly found lending a helping hand to family, friends and strangers alike.
Ron was one of the last cowboys. He was a fierce protector, a true hearted family man, “The minister of fun”. He was a master storyteller and a knee-slappin’ joker who loved to laugh and had the makings of a wonderful granddad. He was an easy guy to be with because he was at ease with himself and who he was. Ron was the genuine article.
Ron’s family extend their gratitude for all the compassion and support that surrounds them during this deeply sad time, thank you.
A Celebration of Ron’s life will be planned for this coming summer. Details will be later announced.