OBITUARY

Harper R. Ronalds

27 April, 192812 January, 2021

Passed away peacefully on January 12th 2021.

Harper will be sadly missed by his wife Marie (McIsaac, married 66 years) , daughter Kelly (Norm), son Rob (Nancy) and daughter Denice. He will also be fondly remembered by his grandsons, Matthew, Sam, Jonathan,Chris and Kyle. Harper was predeceased by his brothers John, Lee and Marshall and his sister Lyla Trites.

Harper was born in Bathurst New Brunswick in 1928. He grew up on his family farm on the shore of Chaleur Bay. It was here during the Depression and War years that he learned the value of family, friends, hard work and the natural environment. His memoriesof these good years were a source of comfort to him in his last few years as he bravely faced dementia. He faced his illness with courage, resilience and humour.

We will remember him as an avid gardener, Tiger Cat fan, animal lover, handyman and environmentalist, long before it was trendy to be one. Harper was a huge hockey fan and he passed his love of the sport to his son and grandsons. Harper was a retired employee of the Hamilton School Board and he was blessed with thirty years of retirement.

We would like to thank Dr Ann Douglas, Dr Ruth Morris and her staff, Dr Frank Murphy, PSW Teresa from Bayshore and the awesome staff at The Meadows Long Term Care home where dad resided for the past four years.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Society. Harper has requested cremation and private burial. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Services

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Kelly Ronalds-Potts

3 February 2021

Thank you to all of you who have shared your condolences and stories about my dad. He loved to talk about his early years on the farm. Martha, I also remember the fun stories he would share with us when your dad visited. Usually they involved some kind of mischief!
Thank you Margaret for your condolences as well. Dad often spoke of his time living with your mom and dad in the boarding house many years ago. He said they were great cooks and played a lot of cards!! Clearly they were kind people who left a lasting impression on him. Such happy memories for him.
Thank you as well to the Hourigans. Dad loved living on West 5th street and enjoyed hosting backyard campfires for the neighbourhood kids.
Thanks as well to you Ellen. Hope you get to enjoy a long retirement like my dad. He was blessed with a long life filled with many good memories.

Martha Ronalds

22 January 2021

Uncle Harper was a man of comical stories. When he visited my Dad John Ronalds, they would have a chuckle about what went on the farm in New Brunswick. There was so many stories about the home, the Grandfather and the hard work on the farm.

I wish to send my condolences to Kelly, Denice and Bob and their families at this time. Take care and remember your Father was a good man.

Ellen Pittaway

17 January 2021

Dear Kelly, I am so very sorry to read in the Spectator about your Dad. Such a difficult time. My condolences to you and Norm and Jonathan ( he's all grown up now). Also, I extend my sympathy to your Mom & family.
Sincerely,
Ellen Pittaway

Paul & Florence Hourigan

16 January 2021

The Hourigan family would like to extend our sympathies to the Ronald family. May all the good memories help you through the difficult times.

Margaret Decourcy (Hirons)

14 January 2021

Harper, Lee and John stayed with us for a few years, Mom had a boarding house. My sister and I were quite young and he used to tease us. Harper had a great sense of humour. It was nice to read about what a fine man he was and his happy life.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY