November 17, 1936January 8, 2021

Ronald David Neeve CD, Maj (ret’d)

It is with heartfelt sadness, the family of Ronald David Neeve, long-time resident of Nanaimo, BC, aged 84 years old, announce his peaceful passing on January 8, 2021.He was dearly loved by all his family and the loss is deeply felt by his sons Robert (Margo) and Barry (Debbie), as well as his grandchildren Andrea and David, step grandchildren Kyle and Rachelle. Also left behind are his sister Marnie (John), sisters-in-law Deanna (Fred), Pat (George), Michelle (George), Ida (Rodrigue), Monique (Bertrand), brother-in-law Robert (Ruth), many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 54 years Nicole Marie (nee Vandal) April 2013, his parents William George and Iris Rose (nee Morrison) and brothers Fred and George. Ron spent 36 years as an Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force. As an Air Interceptor Navigator flying the CF 101 Voodoo, he enjoyed various postings across Canada and the USA. At the height of the Cold War he and his pilot were the first Canadians to intercept a Russian Bear Bomber over Canadian airspace. In 1977, while In Colorado Springs, CO, as the Canadian Liaison Officer for the Distant Early Warning Line, he was awarded the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal.

After retiring from the Air Force in 1991, he and Nicole settled in Nanaimo, BC, the province where he was born as a first generation Canadian in Kimberley. Enjoying his life at Nanaimo Seniors Village Ron walked 6km every day until he became ill mid October, but being the trooper that he was he never complained and always looked forward to a new day. He was a delightful, calm, loving man and a true gentleman as everyone who knew him always commented. His passing will leave a huge gap and we are truly blessed to have been a part of his life. Memories of his kind and loving spirit will live on in the hearts of his family and friends.

In keeping with his desires and in view of the Covid protocols, there will be no visitation or formal service. His ashes will be scattered as per his request at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada or the Canadian Cancer Society.


  • In keeping with his desires and in view of the Covid protocols, there will be no visitation or formal service.



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Bernie Hughes

January 18, 2021

My memory of Ron is very simple. He was one the nicest men that I had the privilege to know,

Fred Brittain

January 17, 2021

I served several flying tours with Ron. He truly was an outstanding air defence navigator, officer, gentleman and friend. He will be missed and long remembered by many. We extend our deepest condolences to all in his family.

Debbie Strandberg

January 17, 2021

Robert, Barry and family
We are sending you our love and prayers during this sad time. Your Dad will be dearly missed and our lives will feel a deep hole with the loss of Uncles Ron's nostalgia and stories. His Joyful Spirit shines forth in our memories!
Take care and may God send His Genuine Peace and Comfort to you all.
Debbie (Dean) Strandberg

Cindy & Keith Hickman

January 16, 2021

Robert, Barry and Family

We will miss Uncle Ron we always stopped to see him when we were in Nanaimo I will always remember what a wonderful person he was and how much he reminded me of my father

Deanna Neeve

January 14, 2021

Those we love don’t go away
They walk beside us everyday
Unseen, unheard but ever near
Still loved, still missed, still very dear.

Ron, you have been a very big part of my life and you were my best
Friend. I will miss you!
Love & prayers

Kimberley Neeve

January 14, 2021

Robert and Barry;

We are sadden to hear of your Dad's passing. Uncle Ron was such a great person and we have so many fond memories to cherish. He will be truly missed. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Patrick et Julie

January 14, 2021

I remember when He would come to the farm and he would like to go get fresh cheese curds straight from the cheese factory and then eat them with a Pepsi...That was one of his little pleasure!

Je me souviens quand Il venait à la ferme et qu'il aimait aller chercher du fromage en grains frais directement de la fromagerie et ensuite les manger avec un Pepsi ... C'était un de ses petits plaisirs!

Toutes nos sympathies

Julie et Patrick

ronald neeve

January 13, 2021

Toutes nos sympathies.

Georges et Michelle.

Ronald Neeve

January 13, 2021