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Ronald (Ron) William Thistlethwaite

August 1, 1946 - February 4, 2020


It is with great sadness that we share with you the loss of a wonderful and kind man, Ronald W Thistlethwaite. Ron was born August 1 st, 1946 and was reunited with his wife and best friend, Diana, Feb 4 th, 2020. He was predeceased by Diana only 3 12 months earlier. Just one month before their 54th wedding anniversary. Ron is also predeceased by his parents, Andrew (Wally) and Marion (nee: Nelson), sister Mavis Smith, brother Allan (Skinny), brother-in-laws Syd Milsap and Harold Brooks.

Ron is survived by his son Ron (Sherrie), grandchildren Alicia (Xavier), Corey (Jackie), great grandson Beau, son Dean (Lisa), grandchildren Ashley and Sydney. He is also survived by sisters Jean Brooks and Gail Milsap, brothers Mel (Allison) and Dan (Marja), brother-in-law Barry Smith. His loss is mourned by his other family Mother-in-law Eileen McKenna, sister-in-laws Bonnie (Lauren) and Debbie, brother-in-laws Vic and Jim, many nieces and nephews and extended family.

Ron was born in Duncan, he was the 2 nd oldest of 7 children. He moved to Chemainus at a very young age and later raised his own family in this community. He worked various jobs but his longest being at the Crofton Pulp & Paper Mill in the Woodroom, Shipping and then retiring as Weir Operator. He also enjoyed defending workers rights as Master Shop Steward then President of the PPWC Union Local 2. He was an involved member of the Chemainus Legion Branch 191 and spent many hours volunteering his time cleaning, bartending, sitting on the executive and selling poppies among other duties. Ron was also a fairly recent member of the Fraternal order of Eagles out of Ladysmith.

Ron was someone his family and friends could always count on. He and his wife, Diana always had a warm and welcoming home be it for family, friends and friends of their boys. Their lives were most fulfilled when shared with others. For those of us left to mourn both Ron and Di it goes without saying that they loved each and everyone of us.

Thank you to Dr. Nielson, Dr. Broere, Chemainus Medical Staff and Chemainus Health Care Staff.

In lieu of flowers please donate to Ron’s great nephew, Sammy who is 2 12 yrs old and battling cancer. www.gofundme.com/f/rooting-for-super-sammy

A Celebration of Life will be planned and announced at a later date.


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Inez. Hill
Relation: Auntie

Condolences to the family.Was so happy I was able to spend time with you both a year ago.

From: Paula Thomas
Relation: friend and next door neighbors from childhood

God speed Ronnie, say hi to Diana, Gordon, Carol, my mom send them my love, will miss you, but until we meet again, love you, yourfriend Paula

From: Jack Frost
Relation: Good Friends

My heart goes out to Ron & Sherry and the rest of family and friends. So many memories of all the good times , so sad 😩😢 Love you all 💕💕

From: Brenda Allester

So sorry for your loss Ron and Sherrie. Such a hard time for all of you. My thoughts are with you and the family at this time. xo

From: Lisa Hoise
Relation: Family friend

My condolences to the Thistlethwaite’s and family. Uncle Ron & Auntie Di’s house was a place of warmth and belonging, free of judgement and full of hearty laughs.

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Private service arrangements have been made.

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In lieu of flowers please donate to Ron’s great nephew, Sammy who is 2 12 yrs old and battling cancer. www.gofundme.com/f/rooting-for-super-sammy

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