A resident of Iroquois for the past 52 years, Ron Graham passed away suddenly at home on Friday, February 27, 2015. He was 79.
Ron was born in Billings, Ontario, on January 16, 1936, to his parents Roy and Jane Graham (nee Spratt). He grew up on a farm two miles west of South Mountain and attended the South Mountain continuation school.
When he wasn’t attending school or working on the farm, Ron enjoyed swimming and fishing in the Nation River, playing hockey and dog sledding.
While in high school Ron met Clara McShane and on June 4, 1960, they were married and moved from South Mountain to Prescott. They were blessed with the birth of two children, a son Bruce in 1962, and a daughter Sharon in 1964.
Ron worked for the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) for 37 years. He dedicated his career to engineering and construction, and retired as the Head of Quality Assurance. Following his retirement from the MTO, Ron went to work for several consulting firms and was still working until he passed away.
Ron was a devoted member of Iroquois United Church.
He enjoyed woodworking and having a cup of coffee and conversation with his friends.
Ron is survived by his children Bruce and his wife Debbie of Sault Ste. Marie and Sharon and her husband John Westendorp of Kingston, his granddaughters Stephanie Graham (Steven Goldie), Rachelle Graham and Alexandria Westendorp and his loving companion Sue Whyte. He was predeceased by his wife Clara. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Iroquois, on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral service was held at Iroquois United Church on Wednesday, March 4th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Valerie Vande Wiele officiating. Cremation followed.
Pallbearers were Chris McShane, Barry McShane, Dale McDermott, Larry St. Pierre, Mike McQuaid and Steve Taylor. Honorary pallbearers were Walter McShane, Ron Brown, Charles Farlinger, Bill MacDonald, Kent McDermidand Bill Lee.
Spring interment of cremated remains will be at South Gower Cemetery.
Donations to Iroquois United Church would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.