Squadron Leader Ronald Sierolawski
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1923 - 2012
Former RCAF pilot and Squadron Leader Ron Sierolawski passed away in hospital on November 15, 2012, at the age of 89. He leaves behind to grieve his wife Sheenagh and her daughter Fiona, sons Alan (Grant) and Bill (Kate), daughter Lorna, grandsons Fred, Trent, Andrew, brother Wally and sisters Kay and Bette. Predeceased by his beloved wife Janet, his brother Henry, sisters Mildred and Joan, and son-in-law Danny. Ron was barely in his twenties when he went overseas and completed a tour of operations with Bomber Command during World War II. For service to his country, he was decorated with several medals. The nose-panel from one of the Halifax bombers he piloted, 'Willie the Wolf', is on display at the Canadian War Museum. After the war, he returned to Canada to start a new life with his Scottish war bride Janet. He continued his passion for flying by serving in Transport Command and giving flying lessons. Upon retirement from the forces, he became a civil aviation inspector with Transport Canada. Restoring and showing cars was another passion of Ron's and he made many friends as a founding member of the Ottawa Jaguar Club. In the last few years, health issues intervened but Ron always bounced back and never lost his spirit, determination and desire to be of service. He will be greatly missed. Visitation Thursday, Nov. 22 from 4 to 7pm at the Westboro Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 403 Richmond Road. Memorial service Saturday, Nov. 24 at 10 am at the Beechwood Cemetery Chapel. Reception to follow. Donations to the Good Companions Seniors' Centre would be appreciated.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen from Nov. 17 to Nov. 19, 2012