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Born: Apr 01, 1954

Date of Passing: Jul 14, 2019

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April 1, 1954 - July 14, 2019

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Ronald Bruce Bodie on July 14, 2019.
He is survived by his beloved wife Susan (Boroski), and their three children, Kyle (Brittney and son Remy), Mathew (Alexandra and son Caden) and Kara (Noah). Greatly missing their brother are Ron's sisters, Maeva (Bruce Bell) and Leslie (Joe Szucs).
Ron was born on April 1, 1954 to Bruce and Mae Bodie. He grew up in East Kildonan with sisters Maeva and Leslie. Ron had a great childhood and made lifelong friends, Steve Brewer, Robert Marshall and Gord Howard who he kept in touch with his entire life. Growing up Ron enjoyed all sports, playing hockey, baseball, football and basketball. Hockey was his sport of choice and he played from a very early age throughout his university days. Ron played goalie, but made sure his sons never made that same mistake.
He graduated from Miles Macdonell Collegiate and went on to the University of Manitoba where he graduated from the Faculties of Education and Phys Ed. He began his teaching career in St. Rose, before moving to Gordon Bell High School and then Tec Voc High School. It was at Gordon Bell where Ron met the love of his life, Susan. It was a natural fit that Susan was his life partner, as their love of sport and successful athletic performance drew them together. Ron's love of sports continued into his adult life. He coached many teams including high school football, volleyball and basketball. He also coached his children in youth hockey, basketball and soccer. Outside of athletics, Ron was known for his great sense of humour and contagious laugh. When he laughed, so did everyone around him.
Ron's three children, Kyle, Mathew and Kara, brought the most joy to his life. Wanting to ensure he provided every opportunity to succeed, Ron would go above and beyond. Every winter, he would make a rink in the backyard, bringing family and friends together to create countless memories on the ice. Ron set the foundation for his children's achievements in academics, athletics, and relationships, for which they are eternally grateful. Nothing made Ron prouder than watching each of them graduate and find their own path in life.
Ron fought early-onset Alzheimer's with dignity, and with Susan by his side, every step of the way. Their love and commitment to each other through these difficult years was marvelled at by all who witnessed it.
Our family would like to thank the Deer Lodge staff and the staff at Middlechurch, especially those on N1 for their love and support of Ron.
Alzheimer's takes so much away from the millions of people it touches, but it can't take away the love we have for our husband, father, son, and brother. Even when he forgets, we will always remember.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 20, 2019

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. It is a difficult time to watch a loved one go through that disease, take care of yourselves. - Posted by: Bob Glacken (Acquaintance ) on: Aug 13, 2019

  • Dear Sue and family, my sincerest condolences for your loss. As stated earlier, Ron always looked for the good in everything and brought joy to those around him, staff and students. May you find peace in the wonderful memories - Posted by: Maxine Geller (Colleague) on: Jul 28, 2019

  • Many fond memories of Ron and Susan. - Posted by: Risto Puusa (Fellow Teacher) on: Jul 26, 2019

  • I am so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. Ron was the first person I met when I moved here when I was 4 years old! We lived across the street from each other on Hazeldell. He would pick me up in his green peddle car for our date! He will always hold a special place in my heart. I always loved running into him and I think the last time I saw him was one morning at Tim Hortons quite awhile ago. I am so sorry Susan. My heart goes out to you. He was a special person that I will never forget. - Posted by: Nancy James (Beattie) (Friend) on: Jul 22, 2019

  • Our family was so sad to see that Ron had passed. We have many happy memories of the times we spent together watching our boys playing many different sports and the road trips we took. Always a friendly face in the crowd, we enjoyed the banter we had with him on what was going on during the play. Our hearts go out to all of your family and pray for peace as you hold your memories close. - Posted by: Brian, Linda, Tom Pescitelli (Friends) on: Jul 22, 2019

  • Susan I was terribly shocked to see this in today's Free Press read. I remember seeing you both while checking in at the airport quite awhile back but seems sooner. You both so young looking as if still in school. All your focus on health and fitness showed. Ron's Alzheimer's did not seem to be diagnosed then. I am so sorry for you and your family having to continue on in your lives without this special person. I can still see the both of you that day happy, healthy and young and still young. Please carry the strengths you both had together as your torch to help carry you and your children along. I send you my condolences wrapped in a warm hug. Jill Palmer nee McWhinney - Posted by: Jill Palmer nee McWhinney (Friends from high school sports) on: Jul 21, 2019

  • My deepest condolences to Susan, Kyle, Matt and Kara and their families. Ron was a special person, friend and former neighbor who would always be outside watching and encouraging the kids at street hockey, ice hockey, basketball and even catching frogs. Ron was a great neighbor who was always there to lend a hand when needed. He was a good soul who has gone too soon. Hugs to all of you! ❤️ - Posted by: Sandy Stevenson (Friend) on: Jul 20, 2019

  • Sending our deepest condolences to the Bodie family. Always remember Ron as such a kind and happy person with a zest for life, in fact I can see him with a mischievous grin always looking for a good time. We remember many wonderful times spent together through the course of our sons hockey days. May you all take gentle care. Thinking of you all. - Posted by: Janet and Wes (Friend ) on: Jul 20, 2019

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