Born at home, Ron grew up in a very different Toronto; there was an orchard next door to his house, no sewers and one of his jobs was collecting eggs from the backyard chickens.
He slept in the kitchen as a child and almost burned the house down one night when he over stoked the coal burning stove.
Ron attended East York Collegiate before starting his first job at Duplet as a tool and die maker for 14 cents an hour.
He met his beloved Charlotte on a train coming back from a YMCA ski trip and offered to repair her broken ski.
After Ron served in the Navy as a steering engine mechanic during WWII, our parents were married in 1945.
They made their home in Don Mills, Canada's first planned subdivision. Active in the community, they helped spearhead the planting of flowering apple trees in the 50s that circle the Donway and continue to bloom every spring.
Ron and Char were a creative team. If Ron couldn't buy a tool for what he needed, he'd fashion one.
In 1951, he started his career at IBM in the test equipment area where his ability to fix anything was indispensable. Over a 34 year career, he rose to management and during the late 60s was transferred to the Bombay plant in India. The opportunity to travel the world and experience different cultures with his family was a highlight of his life.
Our home was filled with treasures collected from around the globe. Predeceased by his wife Charlotte and siblings Audrey and Albert, Ron is lovingly remembered by his daughters Lisa (Doug) and Susan (Alex), as well as his six grandchildren James, David, Becky, Mike, Peter and Elisabeth.
They were the bright light for our Dad, especially when his light was growing dim. We would like to thank the beautiful staff at the Veteran's Centre where our Dad spent the last few years of his life.
Their kindness and support enriched his days when he could not do much for himself anymore. He was well loved for his gentle spirit. Before he died, he was still wishing his daughters a safe drive home. We wish you a safe journey Dad.
A Celebration of Life for friends and family will be held at Sunnybrook Veteran's Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, on Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 4-6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be sent to support the Veteran's Garden, a place our Dad so enjoyed. Please specify that the donation should be directed to the Veteran's Centre Comfort Fund – K Wing Garden.