Ronald Graydon Setterington

August 18, 1937January 16, 2016
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(January 16, 2016)

I had 78 glorious years. By my good fortune, I was to be born in Ontario to parents, Jane and Don Setterington, who cared deeply for me. They nurtured in me a love of learning, a strong appreciation for family and many other natural gifts. They gave me a brother, Gary (Cathy), who always watched out for me. Gary and I shared many exploits and adventures together. I have been so lucky to have him. I have two nieces Laura and Joanne. I grew up surrounded by the love and laughter of numerous Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. I was especially thankful for my cousin, Doug Taylor, who played music with Gary and I for more than 30 years. I enjoyed all the Taylor, Setterington and Daniels reunions throughout the years where I would get to catch up with cousins spread throughout North America. I married Marjorie, the girl of my dreams, 52 years ago. The YouTube song by Gene Watson "Because you believed in me" expresses the sentiment of our relationship. I loved Marjorie from the first time I saw her and love her still. I don't know how I got so lucky. We have three wonderful children Jill, Jason and Melissa (Ryan). It was such a privilege to watch them grow. Together our family shared many adventures and found great joy in moments, big and small, that we were able to have together. I don't know what I would do without you. One of my favourite things to do with Marjorie (and sometimes our children) was to travel. We had so many great trips where we made such special memories. Marjorie and I were able to go to Egypt in 2006, which fulfilled one of my life-long dreams. I have two lovely granddaughters- Scarlett and Elis Rose. You will never know how much you mean to me. I am so proud of all that you have accomplished. You will be great. Remember sweet girls how much Poppa has loved you.

I married into the Aird family and celebrated many happy occasions with Muriel and Jack, Nancy, Jim, Ross (Heather), Sandy, Ann, Doris and Don, Todd (Stacey, Brecken, Maeve), Chantel (Jeremy, Taylor, Briley), Luke and Cassie (Mike, Ivy). Marjorie and I took great pleasure in hosting the annual "Aird picnic" for many years at our place so that we could get together with the extensive Aird clan and were always happy to swap stories and give rides to the many cousins on the horses.

The natural gifts I received from my parents and the unwavering support of my wife allowed me to achieve a Ph.D. in Psychology, to become a professor at Trent University and to found Tri-County Community Support Services 40 years ago with the goal of assisting intellectually and developmentally disabled persons. It was my great privilege to work with my friend, Gerry Fucile, and many other wonderful colleagues at TCCSS for many years. I have been a very proud member of the Warsaw and District Lions Club for many years. Marjorie and I have been an active member of the Community of Warsaw since we moved there more than 40 years ago. I am honoured, to call so many there my friends.

(From his Children)

We won the lottery when it came to parents. Our childhood filled with love, laughter and adventure. We loved every minute of it. We have had the great privilege to watch our parent's love story and devotion to one another everyday of our lives. Mom is the girl of Dad's dreams and he is her whole world. Our Dad was truly the best man that we have ever known. We are so grateful that he chose to be ours. He was a pilot, a musician, storyteller, adventurer, jokester, juggler, cowboy, leader and instigator of a great many antics, and so many, many other things. He was our number one cheerleader, our beacon in the darkness: our place of safety, our sunshine and the person who somehow knew how to mend our battered hearts. He is our hero.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Parkinson’s or Peterborough Association for Riding Disabled, would be appreciated, as these were both causes near to our Dad's heart.

In memory of our Dad, we would ask that you perform an act of kindness, take time to sit under a tree to enjoy the beauty of the world around you or to appreciate what a privilege it is to have the opportunity to be part of a child's life.

The family will receive friends at Comstock Funeral Home, 356 Rubidge Street, Peterborough on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. for a celebration of Ronald’s Life. Online condolences may be made at


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Judi Glynn

February 15, 2016

I was saddened to hear of Ron's passing. I worked for Ron at Trent in the late 70's. He showed me great kindness at difficult time of my life. It was an honour to have known him.

Christine Annett

February 6, 2016

Truly saddened to learn of the loss of such a great man. Dr. Setterington (Ron) was a good friend and colleague of my father at Trent and then later one of my professors. We met again at Tri-County with different roles over the years but also as friends. Very honoured to have known such a good man. He will be missed.

January 28, 2016

Marjorie, Jill, Jason and Mellisa Our Family was so sorry to hear of your loss. Ron will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with you all.

The Murphy's
Raymond, Veronica, Mitchell, Mackenzie, Dawson and Bailey

January 25, 2016

My dearest Marjorie, Jill, Jason and Melissa.
I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your husband and father.
He was a great supporter of the Warsaw community, and it was always a pleasure working with Tri Counties.
Ron was a positive influence for so many.
Sincere regrets,
Pegi Handley-Bernardi

Judi Darling

January 23, 2016

Marjorie,Jill,Jason and mellisa your mom and dad supported my family when needed and continued there support throughout time. Ron will be missed by many. His contribution to our community will be gratefully missed. Your Mom made me the most beautiful guilt. Please give her a hug for me xoxo

Larry Bowers

January 23, 2016

Ron was my first boss at Tri-County Behavioural Services. He helped me launch my long career in behavioural sciences and supported me throughout my time working for him through Trent University. So sad to hear of the loss of such a truly wonderful and kind man. He'll be missed by many.

Larry Bowers

Karl Moher

January 22, 2016

Marjorie and family;
I am sorry to hear of your loss. Ron will be missed as a strong individual who was always giving back to his community. He will be missed. I hope that your fond memories from over the years will help you in the weeks and months ahead.
Leona & Karl Moher

Elizabeth Hyde

January 22, 2016

I attended Ron's service today and was so glad to meet the children he always spoke so fondly of. The service was a wonderful tribute and celebration of Ron's personal and professional life. He will be missed greatly.

Dave, Marguerite, Jennifer & Lisa Setterington

January 22, 2016

So sorry for your loss. Ron was a great person. Family meant a great deal to him and our family thought a lot of him. You are all in our thoughts.

Cindy Ambeault

January 22, 2016

Most of my memories of Ron go back to the days of Bowmanton and on the tobacco farm. He was such a kind and gentle person, with always a good word to say. In recent years in passing the same kindness shone through.
My thoughts are with you all!
Cindy (Carwardine) Ambeault