OBITUARY

Ronald Harold Wilkins

January 14, 1955January 20, 2021

Ronald Harold Wilkins “Ronnie”, 66, of Digby, passed away peacefully, surrounded by love and friendship, Wednesday January 20, 2021 in Prim House, Tideview Terrace, Digby. Born in Digby, January 14, 1955, he was the son of the late Harold “Bear” Wilkins and the late Viola (Brittain) Surette. He was raised with his sister on Sydney Street in Digby by his father and grandparents, Agnes “Aggie” and Elton Wilkins.

A well known presence in the town of Digby, Ronnie held many jobs over his years, everything from washing dishes at the Cornwallis Cafe and Kaywin restaurant to working in the wood yard at the Conway Workshop. In the years prior to his stroke in July of 2018, he could be seen walking many kilometers a day in the town, with his grocery cart, collecting bottles and cans for refund, and having the occasional chat with those he knew along the way.

Ronnie was raised in the Digby Salvation Army, and wore the uniform proudly, until the church closed its doors. A self taught organ and accordion player, he was proud of his involvement with the “Army”, and had many fond memories of the musical fellowship he shared. A self taught harmonica player as well, he delighted many with his musical talents at local church and nursing home functions over the years. He took great pride in being able to play “I’ll Fly Away” on the harmonica, at his father’s funeral in September of 2007.

Ronnie is survived by his sister Louise (John “Jack”) Harvey, Middleton; his nieces Tammie (Andrew) Phillips and their children Aaron and Rachel, all of Jonesport, Maine, Lisa (Michael) Sabean, and their children Corey, Andrew and Maria, all of Middleton, nephew David Harvey, Middleton; half sister, Gail (Surette) Rockey, Prescott, Ontario. He is also survived by his fathers second wife, Eugenie Wilkins, Sandy Cove, and her children Scott (Tonya) Langhorne and Cindy (Dan) Smith, in North Carolina, and many extended family members in the Digby area.

In keeping with Ronnie’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Due to current provincial restrictions, a service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the Digby and Area Foodbank, Tideview Terrace or to The Salvation Army.

We would like to thank all the people who have lovingly provided care and companionship to Ronnie over the years, with special appreciation for Shelley Halliday, and the friendship she shared with him. To Dr. John Black and Dr. Grant Goodine, thank you for providing such compassionate, professional care. To the employees of the Veterans Unit at Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Mountain Lea Lodge and Tideview Terrace, we thank you for giving Ronnie a reason to smile and laugh every day. You uncovered Ronnie’s true spirit, and brought joy and light back into his life. You are all blessed with a special gift, and we are forever indebted to you.

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Christian Orde

February 23, 2021

You were a fixture of the town of Digby. You were well known and very well liked. You always said hello to me every time we ran into each other. You had a glow to you every day. The town has lost an angel. Digby will never be the same without you. May you R.I.P

Tanya/Luke Wambolt

January 26, 2021

We had many fun times with "Booty" Ronnie, he was always around growing up with us. He was a great spirit. You could always here his ahem, before you saw him. He will be missed. Until we meet again.

Edith Hogan

January 23, 2021

I remember him well, he was such a well mannered, kind young man, I have not seen him in years, however, can see from his obituary that he remained true to himself and continued to be a wonderful person. He will be missed.

Lisa Sabean

January 23, 2021

Moving day from Mountain Lea to Tideview. He was so happy to be going home!

Lisa Sabean

January 23, 2021

With nephew David

Lisa Sabean

January 23, 2021

Ronnie loved photos with snapchat filters! :-)

Lisa Sabean

January 23, 2021

WIth nieces and his nephew, at Mountain Lea Lodge

Lisa Sabean

January 23, 2021

With his sister Louise, Christmas 2018

Lisa Sabean

January 23, 2021

With his great niece, when he resided on the Veterans Unit at Soldier's Memorial in Middleton

Pat Cameron

January 22, 2021

Kind soul...rest in peace

FROM THE FAMILY