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Ron Walker

October 13, 1937 — March 7, 2024

Goderich

Ronald Douglas Walker, born October 16th, 1937, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, passed

peacefully and unexpectedly at Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario on Thursday March 7th

with his daughters by his side.

From his humble prairie childhood, Ron’s passion for creativity was ignited by the movie, Lust for Life, the 1956 Vincent Van Gogh biopic, and he never looked back. After attending art school in Regina and Vancouver, he eventually moved to Toronto where he became heavily involved in the city’s art scene while earning a B.A. degree at U of T. Upon graduating teachers college in 1964 Ron found his professional calling as an educator, first in Toronto, and later in Clinton at CHSS.

Ron brought his love of art with him to the country where he was known as a prolific landscape painter. He and his wife Bev founded the Blyth festival gallery, volunteered in numerous community projects while simultaneously fixing up a derelict property and lovingly raising their family.

Ron’s bohemian passion for life was infectious and endlessly inspiring. He lived every waking moment with a joyful energy that drew people of all ages to his magnetic personality.

Swimming in Lake Huron, travelling the world, eating, drinking, painting, reading and

appreciating films were all approached with a sense of delight and adventure. A self proclaimed extrovert hermit, Ron was always ready to lend you a hand or hand you a libation. He was a loving husband, a wonderful father, a doting grandfather, a consummate teacher and friend. He will be sorely and deeply missed.

He is survived by his loving daughters Shawna and Tammy, his son in law Damon, and his

granddaughters Myelle and Iyla. A celebration of life for Ron and Bev will be announced in the coming months.

In lieu of flowers and as expressions of sympathy donations to Huron Hospice or Alexandra Marine & General Hospital in Goderich would be appreciated.

Condolences may be left at riversidefuneralhome.ca

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