DAVID­SON, Ron­ald (Ron)

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Septem­ber 14, 1934 − Oc­to­ber 3, 2018 A gen­tle­man and a gen­tle man, Ron trav­elled on­wards on a glo­ri­ous Fall af­ter­noon af­ter a bout of ill health. He was ready.

Ron was deeply kind, in­nately friendly and un­fail­ingly con­sid­er­ate right to the end. He cared for his wife Gail un­til her re­cent death while on his own jour­ney with pan­cre­atic can­cer. Made of re­silient stuff, he spent his 35 chemo treat­ments jok­ing with the nurses and his pos­i­tive at­ti­tude helped keep him free of symp­toms well past his pre­dicted ’due date’.

Sur­vived by his girls Michele (Dan) and An­drea who filled his life and later his hospi­tal room with an abun­dance of love. Ron said his great­est joy was see­ing what fine women his daugh­ters had be­come. Ron’s ca­reer was mostly at Van­cou­ver Gen­eral Hospi­tal, where he rose from as­sis­tant Pur­chas­ing Agent in 1957 to Vice− Pres­i­dent, Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment, re­tir­ing early in 1991. Rest was not for him and sub­se­quently Ron worked with WHO to open a hospi­tal in Belize where he and Gail spent some happy years. The love of ad­ven­ture con­tin­ued with trav­els to Ti­bet, Europe, Gala­po­gos, Peru, Alaska and their beloved Hawaii.

Ron was a long­time pis­tol and ri­fle marks­man; as a com­peti­tor, of­fi­cial and statis­ti­cian. His in­volve­ment in­cluded Rich­mond Rod and Gun Club, Pa­cific Shoot­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, among oth­ers. Lat­terly tak­ing up the noble game of golf, of which we won’t dis­cuss his prow­ess. Ron also kept ac­tive, vol­un­teer­ing wher­ever he saw need. His years as a Green­coat at YVR were a par­tic­u­lar plea­sure.

Ron’s ashes will be scat­tered in Hawaii along with Gail’s, who pre­ceded him by 11 weeks and 3 days. Mar­ried for 60 years, they are to­gether again.

An in­for­mal gath­er­ing for friends will be held at a later date. Con­tact info@mod­erncel­e­brant.ca

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