Ronald Charles "Ron" Conrad
It is with great sadness that the family of Ronald Charles "Ron" Conrad announce his peaceful passing on Saturday, January 9, 2021, in the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville, with his beloved wife Myrna by his side. Born in Rose Bay, Lunenburg County, on October 11, 1932, he was the son of the late Captain Charles Conrad and Clara (Creaser) Conrad. Ron was a lifelong learner who began his education in Rose Bay, graduated from the iconic Lunenburg Academy and Maritime Business College in Halifax, and furthered his education at Acadia University. On June 3, 1955, he married Myrna West, with whom he celebrated 65 wonderful years of marriage this past summer. He began his business career as manager of P.R. Ritcey Co. Ltd. in Kentville, followed by a position which he truly enjoyed as owner/manager of Rafuse Building Supplies in Wolfville. Many years after retiring from that role, he still made frequent trips to Wolfville to see how things were going and to keep abreast of new developments in the building supply business. Ron truly loved life and lived every day to the fullest. His accomplishments and interests were many. He enjoyed a good adventure and he and Myrna travelled the world extensively, by land, sea and air, from Ayers Rock in Australia to St. Petersburg, Russia. Ron was a very social person, connecting easily with people, and whether on their travels, or at the buffet line on a cruise ship or at Costco in Halifax, he always made friends easily and sincerely valued these friendships. Ron cherished his time at Aylesford Lake, at the family cottage which he built himself and was always ready for a swim or a boat ride, preferably with a grandchild or friends along for the fun. Always ready for a challenge, Ron enjoyed a plethora of competitive sports, including hockey, basketball, tennis, badminton, curling and golf. In his scant spare time, he could be found enjoying an outdoor pursuit like fishing salmon in Newfoundland, hunting geese in Prince Edward Island or boating on Lake Maligne in Alberta enjoying that incredible turquoise water. He indulged his passion of music through singing in several choirs, learning to play the trombone at 70 years of age, marching in a band in many parades around the Maritimes and, just lately, taking up harmonica so he could perform with his friends in their harmonica band. Ron was a man of great Christian faith. He began his journey of faith at the St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Rose Bay and, after his marriage, at the Kentville United Baptist Church. Over his 60 years of membership there, he served as Church Moderator, Treasurer, Deacon, Sunday School Teacher and choir member, where he loved exercising his beautiful bass voice. Of all his accomplishments in life, Ron would consider his greatest pride and joy to be his family. He leaves behind to mourn his passing, his daughters, Susan (William) Shaw, Janet (Terry) Carter, and Marlene Conrad (Alfred Bonnell); cherished grandchildren, Andrew Shaw, Katie Shaw (Jason Zajac), Rebecca (Matthew) MacDonald, Rachel (Ted) Bobier, Dr. Joseph Carter, Daniel (Jessica) Layton and Dr. Julie Layton (Josh McGill); precious great-grandchildren, Abigail Shaw, Alice MacDonald, James MacDonald, Isaac Layton, Elliott Layton and Charles Bobier. Ron is also survived by his brother-in-law, Howard Wilson; sister-in-law, Mildred West; brother-in-law, James Doig; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, JoAnne Wilson. Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation, by request. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2021 in the Kentville United Baptist Church, Kentville, Reverend Doctor David Bielby officiating. Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, those who wish to attend the service are required to pre-register (via email at [email protected] or phone at 902-678-3162). Registrations will be received until the 100-person capacity limit permitted under the current Nova Scotia Public Health order is reached. Masks will be required, and physical distancing will be observed. A webcast of the service will be available at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2021. A private family interment will take place in the Elm Grove Cemetery, Steam Mill. Donations in memory may be made to Kentville United Baptist Church (503 Main Street, Kentville, NS B4N 1L4) or the Canadian Cancer Society – Prostate Research (https://www.prostatecancer.ca/Donate/Ways-to-Donate). Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. For on-line condolences, inquiries and to view the webcast please visit www.whitefamilyfuneralhome.com.