Ron passed away peacefully at the Unity Long Term Care Home on March 29, 2020 at the age of 72. Born on January 1, 1948, he was already a big guy weighing 11 pounds 12 ounces! Ron was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Thelma Wood (Burns), his sister, Marian Kind, and his nephew, Dale Dickson. He is survived by his sisters, Patsy (Harvey) Dickson, Betty Wood (David Schmidt) and brother, Ken Wood ( Padie Stabner) and also by nieces and nephews, Joanne Dickson, Stephen Wood, Megan Wood, Patrick Wood and grandnephews Erik, John and David Dickson, Grant Kormos and grandniece Ivy Kormos.
Ron attended Mount Everest rural school and Unity Elementary and Composite High School. After high school, Ron began working on the farm with his parents and also as a hired hand for Ray and Vernon Knowles. In 1987, Ron and his parents moved to Unity. Following Dad's death, mother and Ron had 16 years together each looking after the other. Ron took over the farm and continued to work on other farms as well. Ron sold the farm in 2008 and began to work as a Pest Control Officer for a number of R.M.’s.
Ron enjoyed curling and golf. He was an early participant in the geocaching hobby.
Ron was a strong supporter of the Unity Lions Club. He was a member for 37 years, joining on January 1, 1983. During that time, he served 2 years as President. He also served as a Zone Chairman and was Chairman of Christmas tree sales for many years. He was a Life Member of Lions Foundation of Canada (Guide Dogs) as well as a Life Member of Lions Eye Bank of Saskatchewan. He was recognized with a Marvin Chambers Fellowship awarded by the Saskatchewan Lions Foundation. He was always willing to give his time whenever called on and believed strongly in the Lions motto "We Serve". He received his 37-year 100% attendance award, never missing a meeting during his entire Lions career.
Ron was a gentle giant who had a friendly and happy demeanor. He loved to visit on coffee row and keep up with Unity happenings. He loved his family and enjoyed many family gatherings. While he was quiet by nature, he was always ready with a laugh or chuckle.
The family would like to thank the Wilkie and Unity Long Term Care facility nurses and staff for their kind care of Ron throughout his stay there. The family will make a decision on a memorial gathering later in the year.
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