Chapel of Memories Funeral Directors

4005 Sixth Ave, Port Alberni, BC


Ronald Arthur Suits

December 28, 1950July 16, 2020

Ron passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at the age of 69 years.

Survived by loving wife Leanne; children Tyler and Rebecca; sisters Donna, Sandi and Bev; and nephews Brendan, Jared and Chris, his extended family in the fire department as well as many friends.

Born on the prairies, Ron spent some time in Victoria as a teen and quickly fell in love with the Island. He spent over 25 years in Calgary working as a firefighter, and was involved with numerous aspects of the job including water rescue, dive rescue and hazardous materials. He took an early retirement to move with his family to Qualicum Beach in 2002, a decision he never regretted. While living on the east coast of Vancouver Island, he served on the board of directors for the Dashwood Fire Department. In 2013 he and his family moved to the Alberni Valley and although Ron was retired, he never stopped working. In 2016 he joined the Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department and became both a member of their team and part of their family.

He had a passion for gardening, loved to build, and was so creative with all of his projects. His ability to work with his hands and create something out of nothing was counterbalanced by his complete confusion with electronic devices. He was working hard to master the art of the text message. A dedicated family man, he was immensely proud of his children, and loved watching them grow into the outstanding young adults that they have become.

He will be so dearly missed by family and friends, near and far.

Due to COVID there will be no public gathering taking place.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Association Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, 110-1525 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1Z 8R9 or the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society, 2234 30th Ave. NE., Calgary, Alberta T2E 7K9


  • Due to COVID there will be no public gathering


Ronald Arthur Suits

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Sheila Denike

July 26, 2020

Leanne and family,we were so sorry to learn of Ron’s passing. Please know we are thinking of you all at this difficult time.

Philip Mollet

July 24, 2020

In the few years I’ve known Ron, I came to realize he was a man of knowledge and patience. He was never too busy to offer advice to young fire fighters or lend an ear if someone wanted to bounce some ideas. He will be missed and his legacy will live on in the people around him.

Mark&Jeorjia Gooch

July 24, 2020

Our wonderful memories of Ron and his family alone , would be enough to wing him to heaven and his rewards. The man was quiet, but confident...soft speaking, but straight forward...
compassionate, never condescending....could make you laugh.....but never laughed at others......loved his family deeply....and was never hesitant to show it.
For those who knew him best, will remember his concern and care for others, his work ethic that has been passed on, and his ability to think, create , build, and enjoy his visions of work and play.
To his credit he was a man of his word as well as a servant to many. He was our friend.
Rest in peace, Ron.
Mark and Jeorjia Gooch

Calgary Fire Department Pensioners Association

July 24, 2020

Our sincere condolences to the Suits Family on the passing of "Brother" Ron at his final alarm.

Leisa MacDonald

July 24, 2020

Ron was a kind friend with a gentle spirit. I knew Ron for many years as he was one of Bill's close friends. Bill and I would get together often with Ron for dinner, to catch up on our daily lives. Ron was a real handyman, always busy working on a project. Like building 2 infills with a work friend, working on his cabin in the Shuswap and various home renovations. Ron was an amazing gardener. He had a beautiful back yard and flowers in Calgary, complete with a Koi pond and lily pads. I will always remember you Ron. You were one of a kind. Soar with the Eagles my friend!!!

Bill Makowichuk

July 23, 2020

Ron and I were very close friends for more than 50 years. He was part of my wedding party. We experienced many of life's ups and downs together. I totally understood his decision to move from Calgary to BC with Leanne because he loved the simple ways of life, most of us could not make that kind of decision but Ron could. I will truly miss him forever!