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Saturday April 18, 2015

June 9, 1917 - April 10, 2015

Ronald passed away peacefully
at Christie Gardens in Toronto,
Ontario in his 98th year. Born in
Preston, Lancashire, England,
Ronald came to Vancouver at the
age of seven, and left school in
his mid-teens to help the family
during the depression. Self-taught in music, he learned
shorthand, typing and some
Italian and German at night school, and began to write. Over
the next seven decades, he
published eleven books and
pursued a remarkable career as a
poet and freelance writer in
broadcast media and journalism
Survived by his loving wife Jean
Elizabeth Hambleton (nee
Ferguson); brother Arthur (Vale);
children, Gregory, Ian (Taida),
Fergus (Victoria), Sarah (Denis)
and Paul (Sarah); grandchildren,
Jennifer (David), Julia (David),
Kirsten (Ryan), Daniel (Heidy),
Graeme, Margaret, Alanna
(Graham), Emily, Caitlin, Aman,
and Ava; and great-grandchildren, James, Jack, Erin,
Marc, Neil and Anne
Predeceased by brothers
Gordon, Jack, Leslie, and
grandson David. He will be
greatly missed. The family
expresses sincere appreciation
to all his caregivers at Christie
Gardens. In memoriam
donations may be made to the
Writer's Trust or to Christie
Gardens. A service in memory of
Ronald's life will be held at a
future date. Online condolences
may be made at

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