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Tuesday February 12, 2013

SMITH, Ronald William

Peacefully in his 94th year, on Saturday February 9, 2013 at Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH). Predeceased by his beloved wife Grace. He will be sadly missed by his loving sons Peter (Bonnie) and Chris (Ana) and his grandsons Rodrick, Andrew and Patrick. Ron was born in Loughborough, England and joined the Royal Air Force as an apprentice at age 16. He went on to serve in the RAF through World War Two as a Flying Officer. After the war, Ron worked at Bristol aircraft and later, in 1951, immigrated with his young family to Canada. After several years at Canadair in Montreal, the family relocated to Ontario where Ron worked at Dowty in Ajax on the Avro Arrow main landing gear, later in Peterborough at General Electric, and finally settling in Oakville in 1966 and working in thermal generation at Ontario Hydro. Ron was an avid furniture maker and fly fisherman. He was a true gentleman gifted with a great sense of humour. The family would like to thank the staff and Ron's friends at the Vistamere retirement home and the West Oak Village long-term care facility for their care and companionship during Ron's later years. Ron was a regular dialysis patient at the Oakville- Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and the family especially thanks the staff for their help and support over many years. Finally, for Ron's last days, we thank the staff in palliative care for their support in making Ron's last days comfortable. A memorial visitation will be held at the Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Rd. W., Oakville (1 block east of Kerr St., 905-844-2600) from 2 - 5 p.m. on Sunday February 17, 2013. Cremation has already taken place and will be followed by a family burial to lay Ron beside the love of his life, Grace. For those who wish, memorial contributions in Ron's name to OTMH would be appreciated. Condolences through www.koprivataylor.com

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