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McDONELL, Ronald Alexander
After a brave battle with malignant melanoma, Ronnie McDonell left the world peacefully, on Friday, November 1, holding his wife Leanne's hand. A devoted husband, father, son, brother, friend and police officer, Ronnie packed more into his short 47 years than many do in an entire lifetime. Predeceased by his parents John and Shirley McDonell, he leaves behind his devoted wife Leanne (Berard), a beautiful two year old daughter Cameron and three brothers who were his best friends – Ian (Michelle), Glenn (Susannah), Scott (Eryn). He will be missed by father-in-law Leo Berard, mother-in-law Judy Berard and three sisters-in-law – Lisa (Jason Kilger), Erin (Chad Malette) and Jennifer (Richard Brunet), all from Cornwall, Ontario, along with countless cousins, uncles, aunts and friends. Uncle Ronnie will also watch over his 12 special nieces and nephews who he endlessly entertained with his love of life, fun and adventure. Born on August 27, 1966, Ronnie's easy smile and charisma won him many friends during his years growing up in Nepean, many that he has kept and cherished for over four decades. He followed his dream of becoming a police officer, changing careers at the age of 39 and loving every moment of his service to the community. He forged many special friendships during his eight years with the Ottawa Police Force and felt a deep sense of pride each time he put on his uniform. Ronnie's family is extremely grateful for the compassionate care he received during the final days of his life in the Intensive Care Unit at the Ottawa General Hospital, especially from the nursing staff and Dr. Andrew Seely. His passion for his family, friends, helping others, serving the community and living life to its fullest will live forever in his daughter Cameron who was his miracle and brought him incredible joy. Friends may pay respects at the
Kelly Funeral Home – Carling Chapel
2313 Carling Ave. Ottawa, Ontario,
K2B 7G3 613-828-2313
Monday, November 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday, November 5 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Wednesday, November 6 to St. Maurice Church (Perry at Meadowlands) for Mass of Christian Funeral at 11 a.m. Interment St. Catherine of Siena Cemetery, Greenfield. In memoriam donations to C.H.E.O. or the Canadian Cancer Society appreciated.
"Think where man's glory most begins
and ends, and say my glory was
I had such friends." William Butler Yeats

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Published in Ottawa Citizen from Nov. 4 to Nov. 5, 2013.
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27 entries
November 15, 2013
To Scott and the McDonell family,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. Thinking of you and praying for you.
Beth Blackmore (nee Henniger)
November 6, 2013
My deepest condolences to Ron's family. So many memories going for long motorcycle rides in high school.
Lori Lee
November 6, 2013
Leanne, I'm so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.
Catherine Neron
November 6, 2013
Leanne, My deepest condolences to you. Although I never met him, by all accounts, your husband was a wonderful man and I know he will be sorely missed. My thoughts are with you and I pray that may Ronnie's soul rest in eternal peace.

Your friend,
Iqbal Rahemtulla
November 6, 2013
My deepest sympathy to Ron and his family and friends. You will be missed.

I grew up the the McDonell family and Ron was always kind and thoughtful and always fun to be around, we played hockey outside every night in the Arials backyard rink and we all had great memories of that time.

R.I.P. Ron till we see eachother again
Bill Langdon
November 6, 2013
My condolences to the entire family. Ron has left us far too early but will never be forgotten.
Sandra Zanetti
November 5, 2013
Ron was a regular volunteer for a program I coordinated. It won't come as a surprise that Ron was exceptional in his role -- he put clients at ease with his calm and steady manner, he was steadfast in his commitment, and he was extremely kind to all who he encountered. He served our program for many years and will be very missed by staff and clients. Ottawa was a better community in many ways because of Ron's contributions. We are so sorry for your loss and we will be keeping you in our thoughts.
Sarah Posthuma
November 5, 2013
He will be missed by friends from long ago.
Debbie Stewart Page
November 5, 2013
There are no words that can express how truly sorry I am for your loss. May he be remembered through friends and loved ones, and stories shared between us all. He was a great guy and will be missed, gone way too soon. Thoughts and Prayers are with you all.
Lori Presley
November 5, 2013
So sorry to hear of your loss.
Sincerely, John Bourassa (CSNA)
John Bourassa
November 5, 2013
Such a shocking and untimely loss. He will live on in our hearts and memories forever. Strength and sympathy to all the family.
Donna Smith
November 5, 2013
Rest in peace Ronnie!
Randy & Margot Hollis
November 5, 2013
So sorry to here of the the passing of Ron. I went to high school with him...My thoughts and prayers are with his family..R.I.P. Ron...
Fiona Messer
November 4, 2013
My Heart goes out to Leanne and Cameron, Ronnie was a Great Friend though high school and Rockwell's, he will be sadly missed.
Julie & Mike Bell
November 4, 2013
May God put his arms around you ,and comfort you at this very sad time.May your dear husband rest in peace. Cynthia Williams Kanata.
November 4, 2013
Leanne, my deepest and sincerest sympathy on the loss of your beloved Ronald. I know both you and Cameron will be surrounded by the love of friends and family and that his memory will live on through you. Warmest hugs to you during this difficult time.
Janice Hayes
November 4, 2013
Scott and Family ,

Our Deepest Condolences go out to you and your family from your friends and Co-workers at 911 Industrial.
Paul Pinet
November 4, 2013
Scott, our prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family.
Andre and Tracy Dusza
November 4, 2013
I will always have fond memories of Ronnie as a friend through highschool and more recently in meeting Leanne and Cameron,whom Wendy looks after in her daycare.
The memory that I will hold dearest is the last week of Rons life.
How incredible was the love and support from both families.
Their "vigil" at his bedside was heartwarming.
Leannes courage in the face of losing her husband and the father of their little girl,was one of the bravest things I have ever seen.
I take comfort in knowing that Leanne and Cameron will not be alone in moving forward and that happiness will find them again.
Rob and Wendy Erfle
November 4, 2013

Mes plus sincères condoléances à toi, Cameron et la famille. Que les doux souvenirs de joie et d'amour que vous avez eu ensemble t'apportent une paix intérieure et un confort d'âmes.

Bon courage

Monique Therrien
November 4, 2013
Leanne and Cameron my thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire McDonell family. Ron was a wonderful man.
Angelle Fournier
November 4, 2013
Ron was truly one of the nicest people I've ever met. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing and I'd like to send my deepest condolences to his family. - Tammy Morrison
Tammy Morrison
November 4, 2013
Scott, Eryn and family:
I can't imagine the sadness you must be feeling from your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Love Lisa, Brad, Brody and Lacey
Lisa Munro
November 4, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Leanne and Cameron and all of Ronnie's family and friends. I was always inspired by Ronnie's bravery to change careers and follow his passion. And, of course, that he loved my friend Leanne so much and went on to create a perfect little girl with her. We are sending you lots and lots of love. Olivia, Steven, Ava, Xavier and Cujo
Olivia Letemplier
November 4, 2013
Leanne and Cameron, and the rest of the McDonell family, my sincerest condolences for your loss.
Heather Bowles
November 4, 2013
Thinking of you and your loved ones.Gone far too young.Please take comfort in each other and remember the happy times as well.Sandi
sandi forsythe
November 4, 2013
Our Condolences to his wife Leanne, and beautiful daughter Cameron, his family and friends.
Having been privileged to know Ron from his teens, he was indeed a man of honour and integrity. When he achieved his dream of becoming a police officer, we were privileged to see him professionally, as he frequently assisted the hardest to serve into a place of safety for the night. The light of his life was his daughter Cameron,and he proudly showed pictures of her every chance he got. His hunting friends, his family, and his family with Ottawa Police Services will all miss him.
Rest in Peace
Linda & Gaets St. Martin
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