July 24, 1940 – February 4, 2019


Surrounded by nature, Ron was always in his element.  Whether it was the visits of wildlife fox, deer, or bears, the overabundance of birds he fed daily, or his work-life on the many lakes in and around the Kenora area, he held a deep and rich understanding of and connectedness to the open air, wind, and earth.


Born July 24, 1940 and raised in Clearwater Bay, Ron grew to love and appreciate the outdoors, the abundant wildlife, and the waters that drew him to fur trapping, commercial fishing, and minnow catching.


 A successful life, rich in Clearwater Bay history, adventures, and stories, he along with his devoted wife, Ida built up “The Rockeries.”   It became the meeting place of cottagers to gas up their boats, pick up those weekend groceries, buy a Winnipeg newspaper, inquire where the best fishing spots were that day, and then to complete their day purchase a bucket of minnows caught by Ron by 05:00 that morning.  Traveling either by his Lund boat, yellow ski-doo, Bombardier, ATV, or windjammer, Ron, fashioned in his ‘greens’, traversed the many portages and lakes while trapping, fishing, or minnowing. 


Ron lived by the motto that man’s best friend is his dog.  His love of dogs spanned a lifetime, ranging from a husky dogsled team, hunting dogs, and their house pet Pekingese.


During his latter years, advanced Parkinson’s robbed him of his speech and physical mobility.  Yet, he always had a lake story to share with friends who dropped by, or when he gathered with friends who always ensured he had transportation to Vet’s Confectionery for weekly coffee get-togethers.


For those who knew Ron well over the years ~ with the wind blowing, the next time you cross the lake in Clearwater Bay, Nestor Falls, or Storm Bay, do feel comfort in that Ron may be guiding you to the next best fishing spot!   


As of the early morning hours of February 4th 2019, cherishing his memories, Ron leaves his devoted wife of 56 years, Ida (Hall), as well as, closely related Roberta Shumka, Sue Berry, and Rob Platford, who were a constant part of his life, and he will be fondly and forever remembered by his in-laws, cousins, and their families.


A heartfelt thanks to the 3rd floor staff at Birchwood Terrace.  Their dedication, support, and compassion over the last year are very much appreciated by his family.


Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date during the summer.