It is with great sadness that the family of Ronald Gordon Oke announce his sudden passing at his home on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at the age of 83.
Beloved husband of Sally Oke.
Cherished father of Kimberly (Peter Naperstkow), Lloyd (Brenda) (both pre-deceased), Lesley Lindsay (Scott), Darryl (Amber), Derek (Marylynn), Alix Sarnowski (Michael) and Lisa Barton (Franck Jussaume).
Very proud grandfather of Alec, Julia, John, Lily, Matthew, Lara, Peter, Clara and Jordan.
Will always be remembered by Dolores Oke, brothers Paul Edmondson (Linda), Garry Oke, sister Sandra Cox (John) and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Ron was born and raised in Oshawa, Ontario and lived his whole life in the area. He was a graduate of Queen’s University and held a Master of Science in Education. He was a respected teacher and principal in the Durham Catholic District School Board for many years, retiring in 1994.
Ron led a very active life which included running, curling, sailing and walking. He loved the outdoors and was a King Scout, an avid camper, cottager and traveller. In recent years Ron and Sally loved spending summers in cottage country and winters in Florida.
Ron was very social and joined as many activities and events as possible. He will be especially missed by his many friends who were drawn to his warm and humorous, yet calming personality.
Even as Ron’s eyesight failed him in later years, he maintained his sense of humor and never stopped seeing the beauty in everyday life. He continued with his favourite activities especially Nordic pole walking, researching his family tree, keeping up with world events and spending as much time as possible with family and friends.
Ron will be remembered as a kind and gentle man with strong Catholic faith and values. He was a man full of life and his chuckle and his beautiful smile will always remain with us.
We loved him very much. He will be greatly missed and he will never be forgotten. Relatives and friends are invited to attend at McINTOSH-ANDERSON-KELLAM FUNERAL HOME LTD., 152 King Street East, Oshawa (905-433-5558) on Thursday November 22 from 2 - 4 pm and 6:30 - 8:30 pm.
Funeral mass will take place at St. Gregory the Great Parish, 194 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, on Friday November 23 2018 at 10:30 am. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery, 355 Taunton Road East, Whitby.
Memorial donations in Ron’s memory may be made to Chalice (Education Gifts); the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada or Durham Outlook-St.Vincent Pallotti’s Kitchen.
Online condolences can be shared at makfuneralhome.com.