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February 8, 1954 - May 30, 2020
Passed away suddenly on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at the age of 66. Cherished son of June Hughes. Dear brother of Pat (Keith) Bartlett. Loving father of Jennifer Hughes (David), Amber Hughes (Adrian) and Sean Hughes. Proud Grampa of Liam, Tegan and Beckett. Dear uncle of Brad. Predeceased by father Lester Hughes and his beloved dog, Odin.
Ronnie was always the life of the party. He loved being surrounded by friends and family, eager to have a good time and share a few laughs. He had a reputation for being a great storyteller with a rapier wit.
He was also a hard worker, a man who got up every day and went to work regardless of how he felt. He was truly at home in a big rig and had the driving championship trophies to prove it.
A deeply spiritual man, he believed in the symbiotic relationship between all living creatures, Mother Earth and the universes beyond. He identified strongly with the beliefs and practices of North America’s indigenous peoples. He studied their cultures and adopted some of their customs.
Ronnie was what we used to call “a man’s man,” a 2020s Jeremiah Johnson type. He loved to commune with nature in the wilderness or in a cabin in the woods. He loved fast cars, fast motorcycles, fast horses, fast boats and mighty trucks – the bigger the better.
He was fiercely protective of the people he loved. His family joked that they would all beat a path to his door in the event of an emergency because they knew he would protect them. His children believed unequivocally that he would have slain dragons to protect them. And they were right.
Ron was well-loved by many and will be fondly remembered by his extended network of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends in the Stockdale, Hughes and Imerson families. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Ron’s Life will take place at a later date. Memorial donations to Food4Kids Niagara or the Farley Foundation would be appreciated. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family through adamsfuneralhome.ca
“They are not dead who live in the hearts they leave behind.”
– Native American Proverb