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 Ronald “Ron” Southern

Ronald “Ron” Southern

Birth
Newcastle, Shropshire Unitary Authority, Shropshire, England
Death 15 Jun 2011 (aged 96)
British Columbia, Canada
Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
Memorial ID 74779070 · View Source
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Ronald Southern
(September 23, 1914 - June 15, 2011)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear father, Ron Southern. Dad slipped away after a long and happy life, to join our mother, his beloved wife Marjorie (1914 – 1985), and many relatives and friends.

Ron is survived by daughter Gillian Muir (Doug), granddaughter Pamela; son Roger (Kerrie Talbot), granddaughter Madeline (Mike MacPherson, great granddaughter Anaïs), grandson Adrian (Emily); Sister in law, Mary Southern; Cousin, Beryl Forster and many nieces, nephews and friends. All who knew him were blessed by his spirit, his bright mind and his easy going manner.

Dad was born and raised in Newcastle, England and told many interesting stories of his youth ~ counting grandmother's petticoats, holidays at uncle Bert & aunt Emily's, travelling to the Exposition in London (1920's) and many more. Ron served with the Durham County 4th Survey Regiment in WWII. He married his sweetheart, Marjorie Stephenson, when he came home from the war and in 1957 they emigrated to Canada with their two young children in hopes of a better future. Life had challenges, but the family finally settled in Duncan and were active and respected members of the community. There were many happy family gatherings at their home on Quamichan Lake.

Ron became an icon as a decorating expert at Dobson's Paint Ltd., where he spent his working career until he took early retirement to care for Marjorie. He was also a long-term and very active member of Toastmasters, where he held a variety of club, area, and district officer positions.

Many thanks to Michelle Jedwab for her years of friendship and support, as well as to all the wonderful caring staff & residents of: Wedgewood House, where Dad spent many sociable, carefree years; Dovehill House, Chemainus; and Sunridge Place, Duncan. The care he received was exceptional.

Cremation entrusted to Cedar Memorial Gardens. There will be no service by request, instead a Celebration Tea will be held Thursday, July 28th 11am – 2pm at Wedgewood House, 256 Government St., Duncan. All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Cowichan District Hospital Auxilliary or a charity of your choice.

He was a True Gentleman


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  • Created by: Peterborough K
  • Added: 11 Aug 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 74779070
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ronald “Ron” Southern (23 Sep 1914–15 Jun 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 74779070, ; Maintained by Peterborough K (contributor 46537737) Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.