Ronald William Gay
Obituary for Ronald William Gay
GAY, Ronald William – 83, Stellarton, Nova Scotia, passed away on February 12, 2021 at the Aberdeen Hospital.
Ronnie was the first of ten children born to the late Percy and Alice (Barkhouse) Gay, in Country Harbour, NS. The large, close family meant that Ronnie’s life was full of weekend get-togethers with family, morning coffee meetups with his brothers, fishing trips to the Harbour, and big yearly celebrations.
Over the years, Ronnie had many jobs. His first was lighting the fire at his one room schoolhouse. When he was older, he worked in the woods with his father, then later at D. Pike Awnings and Goodyear Tire (both in Toronto), and finally at Trenton Works in Nova Scotia.
In the 50’s, Ronnie moved to Toronto where he met and married fellow Easterner Rose Getson (Kildare Capes, PEI). They later moved back to Nova Scotia, settling in Island East River, where Ronnie built a home for them, digging out the foundation with a pickaxe and shovel. They loved to dance, had three children, and celebrated 22 years together before Rose passed away.
In 1983, Ronnie married Velma MacFarlane (Three Brooks, NS). They enjoyed camping and travelling to bluegrass festivals throughout the Maritimes. They built a small cabin by a lake where they loved spending time with their grandchildren, fishing or going out on the ice in the winter. After his retirement, Ronnie took up the guitar and spent many hours learning his favourite country songs. Ronnie and Velma were married for 30 years before she passed away in 2014.
In the last chapter of his life, Ronnie met companion Gerri MacDonald (Creignish, NS). She encouraged Ronnie to live life to its fullest, organizing regular game nights with friends and planning adventures. They went to Ireland, where he kissed the Blarney Stone, the Dominican Republic and Cuba, where he experienced parasailing over the beach. Ronnie also travelled to Ottawa to visit with his great granddaughter Lilly Gay.
Ronnie will be dearly missed. He is survived by children Randy (Micheal) Gay, Diana Martin, and Stacey (Marius) Gay; stepchildren Donna Thorne, Donelda (Don) Maxwell, Debbie Robinson, and Bobby (Beverley) Thorne; grandchildren Kyla (Lucas) MacKenzie, Charley Gay, Darby Gay, Tracey (Andrew) MacLeod, Chris (Jeannie) Thorne, Kyle (Tasha) Robinson and Chelsey (Joe) MacNeil; nine great grandchildren; siblings Joan (Dorance) Zinck, Tex (Anne) Gay, Whitney (Jessie) Gay, Glenda (Noel) Maillet, Luella (Gary) Harris, Carol (David) Harpell, Shane (Judy) Gay, and Coleen (Hudson) MacLeod. He is predeceased by wives Rose (Getson) and Velma (MacFarlane), sister Judy Patton, brother Milford “Buster” Jack, and brother-in-law David Harpell.
His family would like to thank the staff at the Valley View Villa and the Palliative Care Unit at the Aberdeen Hospital for providing him with care and compassion in his final days. Donations can be made to the Aberdeen’s Palliative Care Unit Endowment.
In respect of Ronnie’s wishes, there will be no funeral; a private interment will be held at a later date.
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