Ron O’Donoughue passed peacefully at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound, on June 23, 2021. He was in his 80th year.
He leaves behind his wife and best friend of 57 years, Donna May O’Donoughue (nee De Mary), his sons Glenn of Victoria, BC, Seann (Andrea) of Owen Sound and Todd (Rachel) of Boston, MA. and his six healthy, intelligent, beautiful grandchildren; Liam, Erin, Aidan, Maeve, Dylan, Rohan who were the apples of his eye.
Left to mourn are his brothers, Mark (Pam) of Orleans, ON and Michel (Cathy) of Jacksonville, FL, along with many dear family and friends both near and far.
Ron was Irish French Canadian who is remembered for his organization, determination and good sense of humour. One of his favourite sayings was: “Winning isn’t everything….it is the only thing.” Ron was a proud Graduate of RMC’s class of ’64, and an RCN Tracker Test Pilot. He retired to Georgian Bay in 2000 after a long and rewarding career at the Royal Bank. Ron became a Georgian Bay commercial pilot and volunteered and enjoyed being part of many organizations such as the Billy Bishop Museum, Owen Sound Marine and Rail Museum, BALL, Silver “C’s” and Silver Tones, International Shipmasters’ Association, RBC Pensioners, along with being a very active and involved “Poppa”.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Marc Newton and the caring doctors and nurses on 6-1 at GBHS for their loving care and support.
A visitation will be held at the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 14th Street West, Owen Sound, 519-376-7492 on Saturday, August 7th from 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. With COVID 19 restrictions guests must wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols. A private celebration of Ron’s life will be held on Saturday, August 7th, 2021 with interment to follow in Leith Cemetery. Although it is private, friends are welcome to view the service at 11:00 a.m. via livestream on the funeral home website (woodfuneralhome.ca).
Memorial donations can be made in Ron’s honour to the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation, the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Chapman House Hospice and can be made through the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 14th Street West, Owen Sound ON N4K 3X8, 519-376-7492.
Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Ron’s online memorial at www.woodfuneralhome.ca