Nov 13, 1934 – Apr 3, 2018
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, and ‘grandpa’ after a long and valiant fight with a debilitating form of palsy and pneumonia.
He passed away peacefully at Eden Care Centre in Chilliwack surrounded by family and friends.
He was predeceased by his mother Mrs. Alice Frew, his two brothers Peter, Ian (Etta) in Scotland, his two sisters Connie McGill (Ralph), Jean Miller (Stan) and his only nephew Allan Miller (Edith) in Winnipeg Manitoba, his brother in laws Ralph McGill and Stan Miller.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years Frances (Ireland) Frew, son Sean Frew, daughter Shelagh Westfield (Kerry), grandchildren Carleena Brownell, Dustin and Cory Westfield, step grandchildren Sherry Boone and family, Bob Worrall and family and many young people who throughout the years called him Dad or Grandpa.
Ron was born in the town of Penicuik Scotland in 1934. He immigrated to Canada in 1956 at the request of his sister who lived in Winnipeg.
After a short stint in the RCAF he worked for Eaton’s in Winnipeg taking a management course in retail. Leaving Eaton’s he was hired by Saan’s stores and was relocated to Langley BC. Because of the practice of transferring the managers from store to store he left Saan’s to join Corrections Canada beginning at the old BC Penitentiary in New Westminster, when it closed he transferred to the new Kent Prison in Agassiz BC before retiring from Mountain Prison after 26 years in the Corrections Service.
In April 1981 he finally decided to become a Canadian Citizen.
He was a great World War II buff with a great collection of books and movies. His other passion was on the American West and the Native Indians. His favourite movie was the Battle of the Little Big Horn which he never tired of watching. He enjoyed sports, soccer, fastball and hockey.
Ron enjoyed going back to Manitoba and visiting with Frances’ family and friends. He loved the area where the Irelands’ had farmed with the rolling hills, rivers and lakes, he said it reminded him a little of the Brae in Scotland.
Ron made friends with all sorts of folks and always had a twinkle in his blue eyes and a smile for everyone. He was dearly loved by his grandchildren.
The family would like to extend our thanks to Dr. Ta for his years of care, the staff at Netcare and also to Fraser Home Support for their daily morning help while Ron was at home and a special thanks to the wonderful staff at Eden Care Centre where he spent his last few months.
“Faur Frae Scotland tho I be, Guid St Andrew succour me, Give me this an everyday, Will to work and spunk to play, May this content me wi ma lot, I micht no hae been born a Scot”
As per request no funeral service will be held. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers a donation to the charity of your choice.