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Born: Nov 24, 1933

Date of Passing: Mar 29, 2017

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RONALD JOHN FORSYTH DAWSON November 24, 1933 - March 29, 2017 Our beloved husband, father, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at the St. Boniface Hospital. Left to mourn are his wife Shirley (nee McCallum); son Ian (Viviana); daughter Susan Tereck (Gord), daughter Colleen Paterson (Bob); and son Malcolm (Karen); plus fourteen grandchildren, Catherine (Jason), John, Meghan (John), Sean, Grace, Ron (Sandra), Tom (Lena), Ivan, Marisa (Adam), Sara, Trevor, Caitilin (Ryan), Colleen (David), Cameron; and fifteen great-grandchildren, Chris, Ryan, Cameron, Ethan, Devon, Ashley, Mikayla, Haley, Jonah, Hanna, Alex, Jack, Adrianna, Riley and Madeline. Dad was born and raised in Winnipeg where he met mother and married at the age of nineteen. He served his city as a member of the Winnipeg Police Service and retired as Patrol Sergeant #155 in 1980. He served his country as a member of the Canadian Forces beginning in 1951 as a Private in the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada Army Reserve and finishing in 1980 as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserve Cadet Instructors List. He learned to play bagpipes as a young person and played for many years in the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada Pipes and Drums and the Winnipeg Police Pipe Band. In his retirement he played with the Anavet Unit 303 Pipes and Drums. He was an avid shooter as a member of the Manitoba Provincial Rifle Association and the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association. He often won the matches in Winnipeg, then competed on the Manitoba team annually in Ottawa and also made several trips to Bisley, England to compete on the Canadian team. He was an avid snooker and billiard player and could be found several times a week practicing at the Army, Navy and Air Force Unit #1. He was also Bro. Ronald J.F. Dawson 32nd degree in the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, a member of Millennium Lodge #182. A source of pride and joy were the two cottages he built, with his family, at Long Lake, MB and the days spent enjoying hunting, fishing and nature. He enjoyed this long and healthy life only because, by the grace of God and the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous, he received the gift of sobriety in 1980. Because of recovery he was able to appreciate and cherish every moment spent with family at various gatherings. Special thanks to Dr. Sharma and staff on 5E and the ICU at St. Boniface Hospital. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Salvation Army. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017 in the John Osborn VC ANAF Unit #1 at 300-1395 Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 03, 2017

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • We are so very sorry to learn of Ron's passing an our sincere condolences are extende to Shirley and the entire family. Ron was an accomplished piper, a great marks man and fine gentleman who was well respected by all who knew and loved him. He will be sadly missed. - Posted by: Fred & Laura Ross (Cousins and friend) on: Apr 12, 2017


  • Sorry to hear of Ron passing. Ron and I were great friends and enjoyed, shooting, snooker and sobriety together. On shooting trips when others were partying, Ron and I would slip away and go to a meeting or play pool. He will be missed by many. - Posted by: Lorne Fisher (Friend) on: Apr 04, 2017

  • We had known Ron for many years having met him for the first time when he and Shirley lived in Bissett. While we didn't see much of each other we kept in touch by telephone particularly on his birthdays. Ron was a fine gentleman and it was our pleasure to consider him as a good friend. Our sympathies go out to all the family. Jack and Vera Waite from Bissett also asked if we would also express their sympathies to the family as well. - Posted by: Mel and Pat Finlayson (Friend) on: Apr 04, 2017

  • We are so very sorry to learn of Ron's passing. Janet has so many memories of Ron and Shirley building the cottage at Long Lake and Bob giving him a helping hand and Janet insisting that Ron stop all work to play a tune on the pipes! And of course working together on the police force and in Bissett as well. And so very appreciated that Ron was able to play Amazing Grace at Bob's memorial service. Ron will be missed. - Posted by: Janet Garton, Colleen Goldie, Tim Garton (Friends) on: Apr 04, 2017

  • We are so very sorry to hear of Ron's passing and extend our sincere sympathy to Shirley and all the Dawson family. (We can still hear the bagpipes.) Gail and Mark Wynne (Bissett, MB) - Posted by: Gail and Mark Wynne () on: Apr 03, 2017

  • Ron was a gentle man with strong principals and a dedication to his family. I respected Ron for many of his ways. We played many a tune together both in the Police Pipe Band on numerous trips and engagements and social events. My sympathy goes out to Shirley and the rest of his family. Rest well Ron and you will be missed. Sincerely Jack and Elaine,in Kelowna. - Posted by: Jack Reay (Friend and fellowBand member with Wpg. Police Pipe Band) on: Apr 03, 2017

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