RONALD MARTIN SCHOEFFEL Age 77, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on July 4, 2013, in his home in Toronto. Ron was a true gentleman and scholar, living a life of grace and selfless love. The only son of Anne and Martin Schoeffel, who emigrated from Germany, Ron received his PhD at The University of Toronto and studied at Cornell University, where he met the love of his life, Jone Kirk, a native of Butte, Montana. They were engaged in Vienna. At The University of Toronto Press, Ron began his life's work, editing The Collected Works of Erasmus, a project he envisioned. Everyone loved Ron. He got down on the ground to play with children, sometimes for hours. A father who came home each night and often made dinner, he was always there for his sons, whether for a game of catch or a late ride home. For over fifty years, Ron was Jone's magnificent companion in life, by her side each day during her long battle with cancer. In the brief time he had alone after her death in March, Ron embraced work and friends in high spirits, most recently hosting a celebration of Jone's life. Times at their beloved cottage and in their garden at dusk will be cherished. Ron is mourned by his sons John (Susan), Mark (Laura), his grandchildren Eleanor, Henry, and Lucy, by his nephew Jim and nieces Pam and Wendy, and by Gerry Mabin, whose friendship and boundless care for Jone and Ron brought them joy and laughter. A Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 12th, at St. Basil's Church, 50 St. Joseph Street. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made payable to: University of Toronto, Ron Schoeffel Erasmus Fund, 10 St. Mary Street, Suite 700, Toronto, M4Y 2W8. Concedo Nulli, Ron.
Published in Toronto Star from Jul. 9 to Jul. 10, 2013.