(Retired Lieutenant Colonel)
81 years strong.
Ron led by example. He was a true gentleman; a fine officer, a loving husband, father, grampa, brother, uncle, friend and neighbor. Those who knew him were touched by his kind, and gentle ways. He was a cheerful, easy-going man with impressive discipline, integrity, and intelligence. Eager to help, slow to anger. He often began his mornings early, whistling a tune or singing a happy song. After Ron’s Thirty-four year distinguished military career (navigator and pilot), he continued to serve his country through political involvement and community service. He was a natural born teacher. Whether he taught flying, skating, skiing or swimming, he gave selflessly to others. Ron excelled at many sports throughout his life (hockey, skiing, swimming, curling, jogging, tennis, golf, biking, and hiking). He transferred his love of food, sport and education to his children. Ron passed away peacefully on August 24, 2016 after a valiant battle with dementia. Amazingly, his gratitude, kind heart, desire for a home cooked meal, and an ability to tell a quick-witted joke never waned. His beloved wife remained steadfast by his side for 54 years. He spoke lovingly of his family, siblings, and friends in his last days. He will be cherished forever and greatly missed by his wife, Pat; children Colleen, Scott, and Jill; grandchildren, dog, extended family and friends far and near. Ron considered himself a very lucky and blessed man, so too did those who knew him.
He had honorable values; people, not things mattered to him most.
Warm thanks to the staff at Cumberland Lodge, to Douglas Veale for his weekly visits, and to everyone for their support during this difficult time.
Please help celebrate a remarkable man. A life filled with excellence, integrity, class, humor and love. A celebration of Ron’s life will take place on Friday, September 16, 2016 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at his home in Comox. Please join us in remembering Ron by visiting our memorial at www.piercysmtwashingtonfuneral.com In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada would be very much appreciated (20 Eglinton Ave W., 16th Floor Toronto, ON M4R 1K8).