CURTIES, Ronald Wallace
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Born, March, 1930 in Vancouver. Passed away November 13, 2012 in the Dufferin Care Centre, Coquitlam, BC. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Margaret (Tomie) in March of 2010. Sister Wylma, niece; Miriam, Nephew; Allan. Survived by nieces, Carol (Erny), Barbara (Jack), Virginia, Valerie, Dawne and Nephew Donald. Great-nieces Sandy (Don), Eileen, Sherilyn (Allan). Great-nephew Bradley (Carol), David (Yuliya), and extra special, Great-Great-nephew Jesse. Ron is also survived by a multitude of close Friends and acquaintances due to his involvement in a great number of valuable organizations. These included: Life Member Telephone Pioneers of America, Telus Retirees Men's Golf Club, Sports Car Club of BC (Life Member), Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary - Unit 6, Pleasantside Community Association, Port Moody Heritage Society, Public Library, Community Care Committee, Director Port Moody Foundation. Ron and his wife Tomie were Life Members of the Canadian Power & Sail Squadron, joining the Vancouver Power Squadron in 1973 and Ron was the founding Squadron leader of the Burrard Power Squadron in 1977. Ron's interest and dedication to his community had him on 26 City-appointed committees along with forming, leading and participating in many other local organizations and events, which ultimately led to him receiving the Community Volunteerism Award, The Freedom of the City of Port Moody in 2011 and The Queens Diamond Jubilee medal for volunteering to be presented at Ron's Memorial Service. Ron and Tomie enjoyed their years of volunteering at the Indy 500 and Science World. They also organized, promoted and emceed the Annual Rocky Point Park Penguin Plunge. He was also a founding member of the Westwood racetrack. For fun Ron was a member of the Greater Vancouver Garden Railway Club and he and Tomie traveled around visiting many layouts. Travel was also a key part of their life and they made many trips, both cruises and land tours, traveling by train, bus and automobile. The community will certainly miss the hours of dedication that both Ron and his wife Margaret (Tomie) gave. They were often referred to as Mr. & Mrs. Port Moody. The family would like to thank the caregivers at Dufferin for their kind attention during the final two weeks of his life as well as caregivers Leslie and Linda from Home Instead for their care during the last 2 years in his home. A big thank you also to Ron's neighbours Ron and Svend as well as good friends Melody and Dennis for all their help over the last couple of years. A memorial service will he held in the spring at which time a notice will be placed in the papers. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Eagle Ridge Hospital foundation or the charity of your choice.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Nov. 24, 2012