It is with great sadness that the family of Ron Chandler announces his passing on Oct. 11/09 at Heron Grove complex care facility in Vernon BC.
Ron was born within the sound of Bow Bells in east London, England to the late Alfred and Amy Chandler. He is also predeceased by his sisters Pearl, and Vera. He has a surviving brother Alfred of London.
He was proud of his Cockney heritage but in 1955 he immigrated to Canada for a better life with his wife Mary Elizabeth, (Betty), and 2 yr old son Jeffery Norman. They settled in Regina Sask. and two daughters followed, Karen Elizabeth and Kathleen Elaine. Ron and Betty became proud Canadians citizens in 1961.
Ron was by trade a pipefitter and was in the pipefitters union for over 30 years. He worked in construction in various locales including Trinidad, Inuvik, and all through western Canada working his way up to a project manager for Commonwealth Construction building pulp mills, fish canneries, dams, mines etc.
Ron was devastated when he lost his wife of 42 years, Betty, to Cancer in 1993 after only one year in their new house in Enderby. Ron made many new friends through the hospice and singles clubs and also through his avid crib playing.
Anyone who knew Ron knows he was opinionated, a thinker, fighter, doer, lots of fun, and one in a million!
Left to mourn Ron are his children Jeff, Karen (Greg), Kathleen (Steve), and Grandchildren Christine, Joanne, Brian, Sarah, Wyatt, and Nolan.
The family would like to express their profound thanks to Ron’s special neighbours Gerry & Rosalie Almaas and Dirk Timmers, his very special friend Irma Gore and his right hand man Nehemiah Sweigard. There are no words to express how grateful we are for the care & concern for Ron shown by his physician Dr. Maggie McKnight. Also the staff on the 3rd floor at Vernon Jubilee Hospital and last but certainly not least the care aides and staff at Heron Grove cottage 6.
As per Ron’s wishes, there will be no formal service. Condolence messages may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org