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Ronald Joseph Gatien



After 71 years of him giving and receiving much love, we say goodbye to our Ron, our Dad, and our Grandad. Ron passed away on Friday, September 11, 2015. Above all else, he loved his family.

Ron was born in Edmonton and grew up in St. Albert with his sisters: Arlene Gatien and Delores (Pat) Briault. He was the son of the late Marie Palmer (nee Ricard); and had many aunts, uncles and cousins who were part of the Ricard family. In high school, Ron met the love of his life, his wife of over 50 years, Therese (nee Lefebvre), daughter of Roland and Florence Lefebvre; and he became the big brother and hero to Therese’s brothers: Larry, Marty and Leon. Soon after he and Therese were excited to start their own family. He was the most amazing husband and father. One of Ron’s favourite quotes was “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother”. Their marriage was a true love story and a beautiful example to all who knew them. Ron was blessed with three children and five grandchildren. He loved being a ‘grandad’. His eldest daughter, Angele and her husband Rod Wilson, who currently live in Pointe-du Chene, NB have three children: Karli, 26, who lives in Nanaimo, BC; Sarah (Maxwell) Austensen, 24, who lives in New York, NY; and Lee, 22, who lives in Montreal, QC. Ron’s son, Tim and his wife Angela (nee Runco) have two children: Steven, 21, and Eric, 18, all who reside in St. Albert. His youngest child Michelle, who lives in Toronto, ON and her fiancé Adam Thomas will celebrate their marriage next month; and although Ron will not be there to walk Michelle down the aisle, he will be with us. This past summer Ron thoroughly enjoyed spending a full week with his entire family at his daughter Angele’s home on the ocean as they celebrated the wedding of his granddaughter Sarah. Throughout his life Ron and Therese enjoyed many years camping throughout Alberta and British Columbia. Ron was known as a man who could fix or build anything, most recently helping his son, Tim to build a cabin at Alberta Beach. He especially enjoyed helping his grandchildren with school projects, even into their university years, and always had the patience to listen to their ideas. Ron’s very successful business career in telecommunications concluded with him receiving, in 2008, the CIPS National Award for Professional Ethics in Ottawa. He will forever be remembered for his loyalty to family, his quiet confidence and his soft spoken nature.

A gathering in his memory will be held for family and friends in October.

In Loving Memory of
Ronald Joseph Gatien
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