READ, Ronald (Ron) Cedric Died peacefully on January 7, 2019, aged 94. He is survived by his third wife Marilyn Sloane; his children Helen and Colin, his daughter-in-law Rosemarie Harris; stepchildren Gillian Burns, Malcolm Harris, and Julia Hynes; his grandchildren Savannah and Kaya Harris-Read; and step-grandchildren Murray and Laura Burns, Amanda and Sophie Harris, and Laurent Hynes. Ron was born in Croydon, England. He served in the Royal Navy during WWII, then went to the University of Cambridge. He married Eileen Vera Propert, and in 1950 they emigrated to Jamaica and he became a mathematics professor at the University of the West Indies. In 1970 Ron emigrated to Canada with his family to join the University of Waterloo. He was an accomplished musician and played many instruments. In 1985 he married his second wife Marie Harris, herself a notable pianist, and moved to Oakville, where he played in the Hollier Quartet and the Oakville Symphony Orchestra. He composed four works for orchestra and several pieces for smaller groups. Ron's innate curiosity led him to explore many areas of knowledge. To list a few: he founded the Jamaica Caving Club in 1957; published a book on Tangram puzzles; invented the Olympic Flag String Figure (see YouTube); and enjoyed reading, dancing, and travel. His latter years were spent very happily at Delmanor Glen Abbey with his third wife, Marilyn Sloane. Each week he played popular songs of the 20s - 40s for the residents. His final performance was to play Christmas carols for a Delmanor event just days before his death. He will be remembered as a prodigious musical talent; an exceptional mathematical mind; an interesting, engaged, and loving father, grandfather, and husband. A memorial service will be held at the Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home , 64 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2019. We would like to thank the wonderful ER and palliative care staff at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital for their exceptional care and support of dad and his family. Donations may be sent to the Hospital in lieu of flowers.
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Published in Waterloo Region Record from Jan. 7 to Jan. 14, 2019.