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Obituary of Ronald George MINSHULL

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved, Ronald George Minshull. 

Ron, also known as Ronnie or Ronski, passed away unexpectedly in the early morning hours of February 26th, 2019 with his family by his side at Nanaimo General Hospital at the age of 77 years young. 


He leaves behind his wife of 49 years, Laura Minshull (Peterson); Children, Angela (John) Bradley, Karen (Steve) Moza, Bradley Minshull, Andrew (Corinne) Minshull, Michael (Stephanie) Minshull, and Tahlia Minshull (Koltre Chernenkov); 10 Grandchildren, and 13 Great Grandchildren. As well he leaves his brother, Gordon Minshull; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who he dearly loved. He is preceded in Death by his parents, William and Norma (Lamb) Minshull; brothers, Richard Minshull, William Minshull and Robert Minshull; and grand-daughter, Candace Josephine Bradley.


Ron was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on January 27th, 1942 and raised by William and Norma (Lamb) Minshull with his four brothers, William, Richard, Robert and Gordon in a home on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River. In the 1960’s, Ron moved to Calgary, Alberta where he met his first wife, Bella Dubeau and had children Angela, Karen and Bradley. By the late 1960’s, Ron and Bella had parted ways. He met Laura Peterson in Vancouver in 1970. They were married and had 3 children together, Andrew, Michael and Tahlia. Ron and Laura raised their family in the small community of Sointula, B.C., a fishing village located near the North end of Vancouver Island. There he also lived out his days. 


Ron was a kind, fair and compassionate person who gave everyone a chance, or two, or three. He had many different friends from all walks of life and found the best in everyone. He cherished the little things; be it a hot water bottle, a cold bud, a game of rummy with his family, or a warm fire. Ron loved children, animals and the environment. He was artistic, intelligent and could often be found inventing a new “gizmo” or contraption that would somehow benefit the earth and those around him. His sense of humor was one of the best, always ready to tell a good joke or a great story, anything to put a smile on the face of those around him. Though we will always feel that he was taken from us too soon, we can rest assured that Ron had a full and adventurous life filled with love, great accomplishments and many happy moments. 


We will love him forever and miss him terribly. 


Arrangements have been made to give Ron a send-off on April 27thin Sointula, B.C., the place he called “home”. 


1pm until 3pm on April 27th, please join us at The Finnish Organizational Centre in Sointula to share our memories of Ron. There will be a celebration of his life afterwards, details to follow. 


In lieu of flowers, hug your family, pet your dog, drink a cold bud, take a drive, share a funny joke, help someone in need or just enjoy the little things, in his memory. He would have wanted that. 

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