I never knew Ron very well in school but got to know him very well over the last six years as he was a valued member of the RHS 65 reunion comittee. But besides being one of the gentlest "big men", I have one very fond memory of Ron. Jim Brier and I were at a classic car show in Issaquah a couple of years ago sitting behind our two cars we had entered in the show. Naturally we were enjoying the day, drinking a few beers, and enjoying all of the nice old cars. All of a sudden I looked directly to my right and there were two very cute pug dogs standing next to me wanting to be petted. I also saw they were on pink leashes. So I started to look up the leashes to see who the owner was and I had to look a long way up because it was Ron with his usual deep, jovial laugh. Mabey you had to be there but to see two small pug dogs, on pink leashes, with a huge giant of a man as their owner was a "sight to see". We'll always miss you Ron.
I've known Ron since we were in the 8th grade at McKnight Jr. High. It's impossible to put into words how special Ron has always been to so many of us. He was always laughing and enjoying everything and everyone around him from the first day I meant him. He was like a big brother and allowed me to cry on his shoulder when I had my heart broken for the first time. And always made sure he left me laughing. I don't think we will every met another person like Ron again. He had so much love for his fellow man, his friends and most of all his Family. He will always be remembered as that Gentle Giant and our Guardian Angel. He left us with a beautiful legacy of how to enjoy life and what the "Golden Rule of Life" really is.
I have this picture in my mind of Ron sitting next to God just shooting the breeze and enjoying a beer. Of course he is telling him stories about all of us and what to expect when we coming knocking at that Pearly Gate.
So I raise a glass to you Ron, until we meet again my Dear Friend.
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