On July 11, in his sleep, Ron Farquhar passed away from a massive heart attack.
Ron was a great man, husband, father and grandfather. He lived a fruitful life with no regrets and was loved by his family and friends.
He was fortunate to have two sons, four grandchildren and an amazing wife whom he loved and cherished dearly for 48 glorious years.
Ron's life was filled with great memories, experiences and adventures.
He was raised in Southern California, where he graduated from Dominguez High School. He also graduated from the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California.
He was drafted into the Army and honorably served his country.
Ron married the girl of his dreams, Carol. They shared many great memories and adventures as they traveled the many corners of the world.
His most memorable adventures were on an African safari, where he shot big game with his digital camera.
He continued his love and passion for photography throughout his life with his own branded "Granpa Productions": He would take family photos and capture them on family home DVD movies.
Ron lived his life with passion, dedication and hard work. After his time in the Army, Ron went to work for The Treasury. This group of stores was acquired by J.C. Penney, for whom Ron worked for 33 years until his retirement at age 60.
He was always thankful for the work that J.C. Penney provided him, but he was most thankful for the company moving him to Washington state. He was a proud Washingtonian.
Ron was an instrumental guide and mentor to his two sons, Anthin and Robert. During their childhood, Ron was their Scout leader, baseball coach and lifelong cheerleader.
Robert, his eldest, followed in his father's footsteps, working for J.C. Penney, making his own path as a store manager and backed by the principles and advice given by his father.
Anthin pursued a career in high-technology sales, which has allowed him the opportunity to participate in many adventures and his love for travel.
Anthin tries to never forget one piece of advice he received from his father: "Attitude is everything."
Ron's sons feel fortunate and honored to have had such a great man as their father and hope to instill Ron's principles, passion and work ethic with their children.
Ron cared for people and always tried to help where help was needed.
He made many friends during his years with J.C. Penney, as he took his many leadership roles with great responsibility.
He tried to not only guide his people to professional success, but he also lent a shoulder or listened to his people, their needs, their dreams and goals and how he could help them achieve greatness in their lives.
When he retired, he felt there were other ways he could help people, most importantly in his hometown of Sequim, where he worked with the Rotary Club
of Sequim and served as a City Council member.
Ron's work with Rotary Club and the City Council allowed him to put his passion for people to work.
At the time of his passing, Ron was with his one and only true love, Carol. Carol was his wife of 48 wonderful years and shared so many great memories together.
Ron touched so many people's lives, and he will be greatly missed.
He was a dedicated, hard-working man who treated everyone as he would have wanted to be treated, with great love and respect. The many co-workers and colleagues whom he worked with during his 33-year tenure at J.C. Penney can easily attest to this.
The family is currently arranging Ron's burial, which will be dedicated to immediate family.
An open house celebrating Ron's life is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 9.
The event will be held at Ron's and Carol's home in Sequim.
We are asking everyone to please not send flowers or money to the family but to consider donating to the American Diabetes Society (www.diabetes.org/donate
) or the Sequim Rotary Club Scholarship Fund (www.sequimrotary.org
Ron dedicated much time and attention to the Rotary Club of Sequim. He firmly believed in its mission and its cause.
Just a week before his passing, Ron was inducted as the club's president.
For those of you who would like to attend the open house on August 9 at Ron's and Carol's home, please send an email with your name and email address to email@example.com stating your desire to attend and who will be joining you.
An "e-vite" with all the pertinent details will be emailed to those who wish to attend.
Please take a moment now to remember a time when Ron made you laugh or put a smile on your face. This is a time to remember his life and how much he lived and loved us all.
Carol Farquhar and family