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Born: Dec 19, 1947

Date of Passing: Jan 18, 2020

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December 19, 1947 - January 18, 2020

It is with profound sadness, that Ron's family makes known the passing of a remarkable man. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, brother-in-law and friend. After an incredibly brave battle with multiple health conditions, Ron passed away peacefully at home.
Ron is survived by Sharon, his wife of 26 years, his son Brad (Susan), his son Troy (Karin), grandsons, Brett and Tyler, granddaughters, Krystal and Joy, all of Winnipeg, his mother Marg, sister Carol, brother-in-law Jim, as well as two nephews and three nieces and their families, all of Ontario.
He is predeceased by his father Robert, sister Mary and brother Danny.
Ron was born 72 years ago in Longueuil, Quebec, and moved to the Hamilton, Ontario area with his family, where he went to school. He joined the Canadian Air Force at age 18, where he served for seven years, based in Winnipeg, as a member of the Search and Rescue Crew. Upon his discharge from the military, Ron began a career in the
automotive industry that spanned 40 years. During these years, Ron held several positions, including General Manager, General Sales Manager, Sales Manager, Body Shop Manager and Salesman for dealerships in Steinbach, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Edmonton. He also operated his own businesses during this time, including a wrecking yard and a body shop, both in Winnipeg. Ron loved keeping busy and after retirement from the car industry, he worked briefly in construction and local retail outlets.

When he wasn't working, Ron was a homebody who loved sitting in his yard and garage with his dogs, most recently cocker spaniels, Benny and Nelson. He loved gardening and grew amazing green beans and geraniums, including one that was over six feet tall and 18 years old!
Ron was a kind-hearted, generous and good man of many talents and accomplishments. His fun-loving nature kept him always at the ready to tell a story, and enjoy the best that life had to offer. He was always happy to help a neighbour. He genuinely enjoyed the company of his friends.

Ron loved his family dearly and we loved him. He will be sadly missed as we all continue our lives without him. Rest in Peace Ron. Thank You for the time you shared with us.”

God saw you getting tired,
So He put His arms around you,
and whispered, "Come with Me."

After cremation, the family will have a private gathering. Ron's ashes will then be taken at a later date to his beloved Vancouver Island, to be interred in his final resting place.
The family wishes to thank the many professionals and health care providers who cared for Ron during his lengthy illness.
Memorial donations in memory of Ron, may be made to The Canadian Cancer Society, Wheels of Hope Manitoba, 185 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg. MB R3C 2B7, (204) 774-7483

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 25, 2020

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Posted by Brent Fitz | 25-Jan-2020 Sending condolences on behalf of the Fitz family to our dear friends Brad and Susan and Troy and Karin. From Brent, Chrissy, Merv, Audrey, Brenda and Doug. - Posted by: Brent Fitz (Friend) on: Jun 22, 2020

  • Posted by Randy Hewson | 28-Jan-2020 Sharon, Brad, Troy & Families Thinking about you all at this difficult time. I have been pondering so many memories I have of Uncle Ron over the years. Our deepest sympathy to each of you. Randy and family - Posted by: Randy Hewson (Nephew) on: Jun 22, 2020

  • Our most sincere condolences to Sharon and family ... you will be missed Ron. - Posted by: Floyd & Heather (Friends) on: Feb 11, 2020

  • I socialized and worked Ron for many years way back when we were a lot younger. I am sorry to read of his passing and offer my regrets to his family. - Posted by: Bob Sands (friend) on: Jan 25, 2020

  • To Brad and the rest of the Bailey family. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss My deepest condolences to all of you. Guy Nowe - Posted by: Guy Nowe (friend) on: Jan 25, 2020

  • Our deepest condolences from the Rode's family to the Bailey family. Ron was a true friend and great neighbor. He will be sadly missed Larry,Shirley,Kris, and Shayne - Posted by: Larry Rode (friend) on: Jan 25, 2020

  • Brad, my sincere condolences to you & your family. - Posted by: Tannis (Friend) on: Jan 25, 2020

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