Ronald Francis Dingwell

June 30, 1957May 5, 2016
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Dingwell, Ronald Francis (Ron) - 58

It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Ron at home on May 5, 2016. Ron has been living bravely with ALS since November 2013. He was born in Corner Brook, NL on June 30, 1957, the first-born son to F. Neil Dingwell and Lillian (Stacey) Dingwell. He attended school in Goose Bay and graduated high school in Stephenville, NL. Ron pursued post-secondary education receiving a certificate in Communications Electronics at DVS, Gander Campus in 1976. In addition, Ron studied diligently for his Certificate in Quality Management at Dalhousie University which he completed in February 2012. Ron was initially employed as a Service Technician — first with Mountain Cablevision in Hamilton, ON in 1976, returning to St.John's, NL in 1977 to work with Avalon Cablevision. In July 1978, Ron began a 35-year career as a Civilian Member with the RCMP, starting as a Technician in the Radio Workshop in St. John's, NL, and moving to Halifax with the Force in 1982. He retired in August 2013 as Atlantic Regional Informatics Officer. Ron truly loved his job and his coworkers and in turn was highly admired and respected by his RCMP colleagues from coast to coast. Post-retirement, Ron worked as Consultant with the Province of Nova Scotia, proudly seeing to completion the TMR2 Project for which he received the Ian MacKinnon Memorial Interoperability Award in October 2015. Ron was also the recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Ron was a regular blood donor, giving just under 200 donations. He was a volunteer with the Bedford Minor Basketball Association and Boy Scouts of Canada, 7th Bedford. Some of Ron's fondest memories were those spent with his parents, siblings, grandparents and cousins at the family farm at Wesley, Codroy Valley, NL. Years later, he continued the tradition of summer vacations to the Valley with his wife and children. Ron is survived by his wife Doreen Hutchings, his son Christopher (Elena Acosta) and his daughter Rebecca (Alex Nunes), his mother Lillian, his sister Janet Furey (George) and his brother Brian (Peggy), sisters-in-law Pauline Hutchings and Elaine Furlong (Tom) and brother-in-law Wally Hutchings (Mary) as well as five nephews and three nieces. Ron was predeceased by his father Neil in January of this year. A special thank you to all our family and friends who stood by us throughout this journey. Dave Jarvis and Colette McDonald, you always provided a laugh with your daily calls and texts. Special thanks to the following: Veterans Affairs Canada, staff at Continuing Care Nova Scotia; Ron's RJF caregivers, Nichola, Karen, Gareth, Ng, Kemmetia and JJ; the staff at the ALS Society of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia; Dr. Terry Mullan and staff and to all those providing care at the ALS clinic, QEII HSC; as well as other health professionals — Jeff Phillips, Steve Richey, Lana Meagher, Stephen Whitman, Janet Gallant and Carol Donaldson. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held for Ron on Monday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m. at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax with visitation taking place from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, May 15. Inurnment will take place at a future date. Family flowers only please. Donations may be made to the Dalhousie Medical Research foundation (ALS research - the Lab of Dr. Victor Rafuse) or a charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Sunday, May 15, 2016
  • Visitation Sunday, May 15, 2016
  • Funeral Service Monday, May 16, 2016

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Alice Cull (Woodfine)

May 18, 2016

Doreen and family. So sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts are with you at this time.

Reg Reeves

May 17, 2016

Very sorry for your loss. Ron was a great fellow and a pleasure to work with. I know he willed be missed by all who knew him.

Mitchell Heistinger

May 17, 2016

I'm very saddened to know that Ron is no longer with us. Every encounter we had together was a pleasure and being in the presence of someone so positive and strong while combating a life altering disease is a very eye opening experience. Ron never seemed to let ALS bring him down, he was always cheerful and didn't let any disabilities lower his spirit. It was a pleasure and honour knowing Ron in life and his memory will forever be that of a caring, strong and positive man who never did give up and truly made the best of every situation.

Lorne Grigsby

May 16, 2016

I am very saddened to learn of Ron's passing. I met Ron while working with Motorola Solutions as the RCMP National Account Executive. My associate, Reg Casey introduced me to Ron. Ron was very sharp and technically adept while still seeing the longer term view of the solutions required.

Ron became a very active member of the Motorola Trunked Users Group (MTUG). His dedication, passion and leadership to the group were recognized by his peers and he was honoured to receive the Danny Smith Leadership Award from the MTUG user group. This award is highly revered within the MTUG community. Ron was the 1st Canadian to receive the Danny Smith Leadership award from this international user group. Ron was a true professional in every sense of the word.

On a personal level, I will fondly remember Ron's sense of humour, his infectious laugh and wonderful smile. A true gentleman.

My sincere condolences to Doreen and family.

Lorne Grigsby
Motorola Solutions (retired)

May 16, 2016

I just found out! So sorry to hear about Ron's passing it is a great loss. I consider Ron to be one of the best managers and nicest guy I had the pleasure to work with. He had a great impact on me and my career. I remember when he first got the CM title and he was so proud. I wish I had known sooner that he was ill. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Ron.

Theresa Muise

May 16, 2016

We wish to extend our sympathy to the family at this sad time. Ron was a fine man and we were so pleased to have known him. We know he faced his illness with the courage that was a part of him, and he is at peace now. Smartex Tambala and Helen Landry

Guy Beazley

May 16, 2016

Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you. Guy & Jeanette Beazley

Craig Stacey

May 16, 2016

My heart is with my aunt Lily and cousins Janet and Brian. So sorry for your loss. Craig and Sharon Stacey

Jim Shaw

May 16, 2016

I was saddened to see Ron's obituary in the paper on Sat. When I knew Ron he was known as Ronnie, and I was Jimmy . We were friends as kids living in Goose Bay Lab. Although it has been more than 50 years since then, thinking about those days brought back a lot of fond memories. I remember his sense of humour and how he made us laugh. I always considered him a good friend. I'd like to share a photo my mother gave some years ago. It's my 7th birthday party, Ron is at the end of the table on the left, and I'm in the front row ,second from the left(gray sweater). Please accept my condolences and prayers.

May 15, 2016

Doreen, Christopher, Rebecca, Aunt Lillian, Janet and Brian, Sending our deepest sympathy to you on the loss of one so dear. Please know our thoughts are with you today and in the days ahead. Carole and Ted Felix