RONALD NORMAN WHITE
September 20, 1954 – March 23 2021
On March 23, 2021, Ron passed away peacefully, with his family at his side.
Left to celebrate his life are his loving wife of 46 years, Lisa; their children, Erin (Kevin), Ryan (Danielle), and Richard (Amanda); the grandchildren who were his pride and joy, Genevieve, Amelia, and Rowan; his siblings, Dot (Barry), Dan (Riitta), Peggy (Garry), and Pat (Lorne); his Aunt Dot; his many nephews, nieces, cousins, and all of his wonderful and supportive friends. Ron was predeceased by his parents, Norman and Marjorie White.
Confident in their choices, Ron and Lisa married in 1974 shortly after high school. Ron worked at Northern Marine, and when they decided to grow their family, he took a position at the papermill in Kenora, which developed into a 30-year career. Ron loved to hunt and fish, which influenced their decision to partner with Lisa’s parents, to help run and eventually purchase Tarryall Resort. Tarryall Resort became their own for the next 25 years….it is the place they put their heart and soul into, raised their children, and made so many lifelong friendships. Eventually, Ron and Lisa chose to move closer to town, making time for themselves to fish, hunt and enjoy life. As the paper industry changed in Kenora, Ron and Lisa took on a new adventure – with Ron taking a job at Atomic Energy of Canada in Pinawa, MB. They lived part time in Kenora and part time in Whitemouth, this second home brought new and treasured friendships. Of course, as one thing was never enough to keep our Dad busy, they renovated a house, built a cabin, and travelled the world. Together they explored much of Canada and the United States, making friends and finding fishing holes along the way. They toured England, Ireland, Australia and enjoyed many trips to their favourite getaways in the Hawaiian Islands.
Dad will be remembered and dearly missed, at every shore lunch, on every hunting trail, and at all the family game nights and trips to the DQ. All he taught us will be treasured, with every renovation, every problem to solve, and every challenge we face in the future. Ron was always the leader; he had the strength and bravery to try new things and blaze new trails. We promise to do our best to live up to your example, and to continue to take ‘Ron and Lisa Adventures’.
In keeping with Ron’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private celebration of his life will be held when it is possible to gather. In the meantime, Ron’s family kindly requests that his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos and/or sharing your own memories and stories using the comment section on this page.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff and paramedics at the Kenora Hospital and the CancerCare departments in Kenora and Thunder Bay. We are especially grateful to our palliative care team, including Dr. Brad Kyle; Nurse Practitioner, Alexis Peplinskie (NWLHIN); Nurse, Emmerson (Paramed); Community Paramedic, ‘Super’ Dave Francis (KDSB), and everyone at the Walmart Pharmacy for all the care they have provided to our whole family. Their support and understanding allowed us to fulfill Ron’s wish to remain at home.
In lieu of flowers, the family would sincerely appreciate any contributions made in Ron’s memory to Triple P.L.A.Y. (www.tripleplaykenora.com) or any Cancer related charity of choice. The family also encourages any support letters for the Community Paramedics pilot program in the Kenora Region.
Remember what Grandpa always said….’A bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at work.’
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