LINKLATER, Ronald Cuthbert
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It is with great sadness and love that the family of Ronald Cuthbert Linklater announces his passing, at the age of 80 years, in the early morning hours of Monday, November 26, 2012 after a life well lived. Ron was born in Milden Hospital to Jack and Edna Linklater. He grew up on the family farm in the Sovereign district. He started school in Franklin School until their rural school closed and he attended Sovereign School. Ron fondly remembered the trips to school when the family drove the horse-drawn school van.
His love of sports and animals began early in life. An avid hockey player and fan he eventually became the official ref of the Sovereign Slowtimers. Curling led him to many bonspiels, and in later years, faithfully watching games on TV. Always important to Ron, animals were drawn to him-pet crows, kittens, ducks and geese, dogs, horses… After high school, Ron attended technical schools in Edmonton and Moose Jaw. Farming with his father and several neighbours inspired him to choose the farm life. On July 24, 1957, Ron married his high school sweetheart, Lois McDonald. Together, they raised a family as they farmed for over fifty-five years.
His greatest joy in life was his family. Ron and Lois have three children: daughters Linda (Doug) Varty, and Lorna (Grant) Dosch and son Larry Linklater. He loved and was adored by his grandchildren: Arlene (AJ) Nichols, Raymond Varty; Max, Ted, Sydney and Zac Linklater; and Josie Dosch. Always ready to lend a hand, he was very active in his community. Ron was a scout member and leader; charter member of the Sovereign Lions Club; long-time committee member of the Sovereign Wheat Pool; 4-H leader; and active member of the Sovereign and Rosetown United Churches, Rosetown Dance Club and the Friday Afternoon Bowling League.
Ron was notorious for his laughter and hugs. Friends and family eagerly anticipated his stories, pranks and teasing. He loved to tease but was even happier when the teasing was jokingly returned. He was predeceased by his parents, Jack and Edna Linklater; parents-in-law, Tom and Beth McDonald; sisters-in-law, Beatrice (Hugh Sinclair) Head, Dorothy (Bill) Linklater and Agnes Linklater; daughter-in-law, Brenda Linklater; and nephew, Charles Robin Linklater.
A Celebration of Ron's Life will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in Rosetown United Church with Reverend Jo-Ann Hills officiating. Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Saskatoon on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to: Rosetown United Church or Outlook & District Health Centre. Condolences may be sent to www.shanidarfuneralservices.com. Pierre A. Charpentier entrusted with the arrangements.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Nov. 28 to Nov. 29, 2012