DEMPSEY, Ronald A.
Oct 24, 1944 – April 9, 2010
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of husband, father, grandfather and dear friend Ronald A. Dempsey at the Royal Columbian Hospital on Friday, April 9th, 2010 at the age of 65.
In his early years Ron was a member of the Royal Canadian Navy and it was from this experience he found his greatest joy – travelling – be it by car, boat or RV. His number one passion when not behind the wheel of a vehicle was spending time with his much beloved grandchildren.
Ron’s entire career was spent in the elevator industry and he was a member of the IUEC. He moved from Ontario to B.C. in 1990 and was manager of an elevator company until his disability in 1995. There are still stories floating around the industry about the “infamous RAD man”.
Ron was born on October 24th, 1944 in Hamilton, Ontario to Mable Buckingham and George Dempsey (both predeceased). He is survived by his sister Elaine (Bill) and brothers Bruce (Nancy) Brian (Dana) Wayne (Margaret) Barry
(Penny) only son Ronald R. Dempsey (Lisa) and special step-daughter Leah Summerhayes, Leanne
Withyman (Rob) grandchildren Nolan and Nicole Dempsey, Teaghan and Skyler Summerhayes, Kiatlynn,
Jaidyn and Kyle Withyman, his first wife Diane Arpin, best friend and partner Brenda Summerhayes and numerous nieces and nephews.
During his last weeks Ron was tenderly cared for by the doctors and nurses at RCH in New Westminister. The family would very much like to express their deep appreciation to Dr Rupka and Dr Shukin who allowed Ron the opportunity to enjoy the past 15 years.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A celebration of Ron’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 17th, 2010 at Victory Park Chapel, 14831- 28 Avenue in South Surrey.