March 26, 1942 – July 9, 2012
It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ron Drolet. Ron passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.
Ron spent his youth in LaTuque, Quebec and at the age of 17 joined the Canadian Armed Forces, where he enjoyed a 32-year career as a Traffic Tech. His career took him all across Canada and around the world. including a six month peacekeeping tour in the Middle East.
Ron retired in Peachland, B.C. in 1995 with his loving wife Elaine.
Ron was a natural athlete, enjoying skiing, golfing, archery, hockey, racquetball, ping pong, pool or anything else that engaged his competitive spirit. His happiest times were spent in the outdoors with his family and friends camping, fishing, or hitting the back roads on his quad in search of an elusive five pointer. Many an evening was spent around a fire with a glass of wine, laughter and good conversations. He will be remembered fondly for his animated stories that never failed to leave everyone in stitches. No one could tell a story like Ron!
Ron was a huge part of his children’s lives, always involved as a hockey coach or leading the family on epic hiking trips including the Cape Scott Trail. He was ever proud and very involved with his grand-children Michel, Vincent, Travis and Dawson. Ron is survived by his wife Elaine, his son Dan (Leanne), daughter Susanne (Rick) Banta, brothers Gaston (Diane) and Jean Paul.
The family would like to thank the dedicated staff at the Kelowna General Hospital, Cancer Clinic and Palliative Care Program, for their care and support. Elaine will be forever grateful for the sincere and extraordinary care Ron received from all the staff they had the privilege of meeting at the hospital. Truly caring people who made the toughest of times tolerable.
At Ron’s request there will be no formal service and in lieu of flowers please make a donation to the BC Cancer Agency or Kelowna General Hospital.