Ronald Birch

Ronald Edward Birch

Friday, September 27th, 1935 - Saturday, November 28th, 2020
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Obituary

Ron/Dad could be crusty, tough, opinionated and brutally blunt. And he silently loved and cared for his family deeply.

He grew up between Charlton and Toronto with his parents and brother, Fred. He married Mabel Ager October 11, 1957 and four children quickly followed; and in time, 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandkids. Englehart was home since 1961 and much of the time he could be found at the cottage on Wendigo. Mom and Dad were married for 63 years.

Ron was a fixture at the Temiskaming Health Unit (Public Health Inspector) for many years. During the 30 years of retirement, Dad did more skidooing (and less fishing) and even took up the ATV.

Thank you to the OFCC (Old Farts Coffee Club) who provided much fun and friendship daily. A special
shout out to the ladies at JST Variety for hosting/tolerating this group of reprobates.

Ron was a direct, no-nonsense, maybe even hard man. When his wife, Mabel went into care, he visited
faithfully. When Covid hit, he missed her endlessly. When visitation opened up again, without
hesitation, he took no less than ten Covid tests to be able to see her regularly. And those visits were
hard on Dad. Mom no longer knew who he was and most often refused to speak to him.
Our Dad died of a broken heart.

Thank you to many friends and family and the support of a strong and caring community that allowed
our father to bloom. Much love and appreciation, Danny, Paul, Allen and Donna.

The Mayor of Wendigo has peacefully closed the cottage for the season and driven off in his new truck.

Cremation will be held and a Celebration of Ronald's Life will be held at a later date when it's safe t do so.

Please remember Ron and give your loved ones a call/hug/hard time in his honour.
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Diane Birch

Posted at 11:07am
Uncle Ron will be greatly missed but i am thankful for the years of great memories that I have. Love and hugs to all my cousins and their families

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Donna Lynn Posted at 12:28pm

Thank you, Diane. Dad let it slip once how he felt about you as you were the first born in our generation. A little extra special.
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Norma Austin (daughter of Gladys Birch)

Posted at 10:47am
"Ronald Birch" will always be remembered. Sorry for your loss.
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Verley and Darwin Lamb

Posted at 04:15pm
Dear Dan, Paul, Allan, Donna and Families: We are shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of your Father- I really enjoyed my many years of working with him at Timiskaming Health Unit - we got our work done but always had time to laugh and joke and that made for a pleasant working environment. He has had a rough road this last while with your Mom not wanting to talk - that surely must have broken his heart. May the love and support of friends and family, give you comfort at this very difficult time. Darwin and Verley.
Darwin and Verley.
 

Donna Lynn Posted at 12:28pm

Thank for sharing, Verley. Your kind words help.
BJ

Bruce James

Posted at 01:01pm
My deepest condolences to Ron's entire family. I will never forget all the fun visits with him & all his family up at the cottage, winter's & summer's, it didn't matter the weather, some of my most loved memories.
BJ Jr.
 

Donna Lynn Posted at 12:15pm

Thank you for sharing. It helps.
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Shirley cook

Posted at 05:54pm
Condolences to all the Birch family .. Shirley cook .
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