RUTHERGLEN, Ronald William
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November 27, 1921 - October 20, 2013
Ron Rutherglen passed away peacefully with his family by his side on October 20, 2013. He will be remembered and sadly missed by his son Grant, daughter in law Barb, granddaughter Lauren, daughter Heather, son-in-law Steve, brother Tudor, relatives in BC, Alberta, New Zealand and Holland and his friends. Sadly predeceased by his loving wife Eleanor and brothers Ted and Con. Ron was born in Salmon Arm and raised in Long Beach near Nelson, BC. The youngest of four very active boys his childhood was filled with great fun and mischief. Ron served in World War II as a Physical Training Officer with the Canadian Navy. After the war, he married his hometown sweetheart, Eleanor Simpson and they began their married life together in Nelson, Vancouver and then the far north. In the 1950's Ron and Eleanor moved to Penticton to build a new home on West Bench, establish a cherry orchard and raise a family. Ron worked as a community social worker for over 40 years mainly in southern Okanagan and Similkameen communities. For many years he was an active contributor in the management of the West Bench Irrigation system and he took a very active role in the Penticton Adventurers Club. Over the years Ron's hobbies and interests included badminton, tennis, canoeing, fishing, and prospecting. His lifelong love of being out in nature was reflected in his natural scenery and wildlife paintings, a hobby he took on at the age of 86! His love of music could be seen in his singing, guitar and harmonica playing. Ron will be remembered for his wry humour, rich life stories, amazing strength and gentle ways. The family would like to thank Dr. Dutchman and the staff at Moog and Friends Hospice for their kind, thoughtful and respectful care of our father. Donations in honour of Ron may be made to a charity of your choice or to Moog and Friends Hospice. A private family service is planned with a celebration of Ron's life to follow at a later date.
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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Nov. 3, 2013