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Born: May 16, 1943

Date of Passing: Nov 05, 2019

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May 16, 1943 - November 5, 2019

Ron Ralston, aka "Rotten Ron", passed away while in the Grace General Hospital on Tuesday, November 5, after a battle with inoperable heart disease. He is now reunited with his best friend and soul mate, Jennette, and their dog Munchie.
Ron is survived by his sons, Brian of Calgary and Cory (Michaela) of Hamilton, and his grandchildren, Brander, Everley and Norah; his sister Dianne McCubbin (Ken) of Calgary, nephew Kevin McCubbin (Colleen) and niece Rhonda (Dylan) of Calgary. He is also survived by many other Ralston/Cook family members, and his extended Fortney (Jeanette) family members.
Ron was predeceased by his wife Jennette (2004) and his parents, George Ralston (1998) and Evelyn Ralston (2018).
Ron was born In Vancouver, BC, and as an infant his family relocated back to Manitoba where he grew up in the Anola, Dugald and Transcona areas. In his adult years, he lived and worked a short while in Thompson, MB and Calgary, AB before settling back in the Winnipeg area, working for CP Rail as a Brakeman starting in 1970 and retiring in 1997. He also ran a small independent freight claim/inspector business for a period in the 1980s.
In 1994, Jennette Fortney, a lost childhood sweetheart, had re-entered his life. The spark that had always been there between them now exploded into a burning forever love. They married joyfully in 2000 in a meaningful outdoor ceremony in front of family and friends. They remained married until her passing due to cancer in 2004.
Ron enjoyed playing games and keeping connected to family and friends on his computer; waiting for hockey season and fantasy hockey drafts, which included participants from many faraway places. Ron was enthusiastic about watching sports, especially the Bombers and Jets and some curling. He loved music and singing and enjoyed performing karaoke.
As his health and mobility declined, his phone became his link to his family and many friends. He loved talking on the phone even if it was a quick check in, and so appreciated those who took time to stay in his life. Ron gave everyone a nickname, and that's how he remembered you and stored that nickname in with his phone list.
Ron was a simple man, with simple tastes. He disliked braggarts and BS'ers, snobs and people with a poor work ethic. He loved children, dogs and cats, socializing and fishing. He loved his sons and was an enthusiastic spectator during their sports activities. Ron is remembered as that hockey parent in the arena who could be heard above the rest blowing his bugle and ringing his cowbell.
The family would like to extend special thanks to his friend Jessie Jones, and to his niece Jackie Cohen, and nephew Glenn Fortney, for their loving support during his final years and being there to hold his hand at the end.
Cremation has taken place, and at Ron's request there will be no formal service. The family plans to hold a Celebration of Life for Ron and interment of ashes in 2020. Further details confirming date and time of these occasions will be published at a later date. If you would like us to contact you when the date is decided, please leave a note in the "offer condolences or memory" section of this obituary (Winnipeg Free Press).

"And I'll cherish the old rugged cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged cross
And exchange it one day for a crown"

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 16, 2019

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Sorry I had forgotten to extend my condolences earlier, but my husband had passed in May, 2019. Ron and Lawrence phoned each other every day. They made fun of each other. He called my hubby Grumpy. Lawrence would take leftovers to Ron. He surely enjoyed them. When Lawrence passed he sent me a very nice letter regarding this. Ron kept in touch after my husband passed. His health had deteriorated and he called to say he wanted to go like my husband. I missed his call two days before he passed. Please let me know if the Celebration of life is taking place. - Posted by: Georgina Leschyshyn (Widow of Lawrence Leschyshyn who worked with Ron) on: May 21, 2020

  • A good friend. Met Rotten Ron in 1974 when I hired on at CP Rail and boy was he a friendly, funny guy. Ron gave me the nickname Chooch and it stuck like glue. Will miss our talks and the Vatican coffee. I know you went "Up". Say Hi to Jeanette for me. - Posted by: Glenn Malanchuk (Chooch ) (Friend and co-worker CPR) on: Nov 21, 2019

  • Good person, good railroader, great sense of humour and just an easy going guy! Fond memories from the work life with Ron! He will be missed.. Our condolences to his family at this difficult time. - Posted by: Allan Morka (Fellow Railroader - retired) on: Nov 18, 2019

  • We met Ron when Jennette reunited with him. They were meant to be together. He was a character in his own way. Sorry to hear of his passing. He & Jennette will be remembered to me in a special way. Love you guys. RIP Ron. - Posted by: June & Jack Neal (Co-worker with Jennette. ) on: Nov 17, 2019

  • Will miss Ron's updates re: hockey and also lots of other sports that was on TV. Ron was always there to let me know re: curling. My condolences to all the family and friends on this very sad loss. - Posted by: Tom Rogers (life long friend from Dugald MB) on: Nov 16, 2019

  • I was one of Ron’s cousins - his dad and my mom (Flo) were siblings. We didn’t keep in touch, which I regret, but I was close with his mom, Evelyn, so she kept me up to date on Ron’s life and his family. Our sincere condolences to Ron’s family and friends. I have to believe he is also with his mom and dad now, having a good laugh over many memories... please let us know when the celebration of life will be. Val & Warren Barker - Posted by: Val Barker (Cousin) on: Nov 16, 2019

  • Dear Brian and Cory sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. We had really good times together as hockey parents. We have stories during Han's coaching years of our boys together. Ron was a hoot!! Take care boys. Please let us know when the celebration of life is so we may see you in person. - Posted by: Hans and Tanis Goretzki (Hockey Friends) on: Nov 16, 2019

  • Our deepest condolences to Brian and Cory. We are sad to learn that your dear dad has passed. We hope that your fond memories will help ease your heartaches. - Posted by: John & Ingrid Silvari (Old neighbours) on: Nov 16, 2019

  • Ron and I lived on the same block in Transcona where our boys played hockey, along with others on the block. It was always a fun time with the hockey drafts though he could never pick any to win. I really enjoyed spending time with him, He was a fun loving guy, always with a smile and a laugh. It pains me to hear that he has passed, I still thought of him often and joked with some of the old gang when remembering some of Ron’s antics. My deepest condolences to Brian and Cory. RIP, Ron. - Posted by: Ross Watson (Friend) on: Nov 16, 2019

  • please notify me when the celebration of life is happening...i loved this guy and will miss him will find me in his phone book under "mucka hi" he was koharski to me...(have another donut)...i already miss you koharski...i don't usually cry for men, but i have been crying for awhile now..amen.... - Posted by: derek mckay (RAILWAY CO-WORKER AND PHONE BUDDY) on: Nov 16, 2019

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