BELCHER, Ronald Edward - Died suddenly on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 in Guelph Memorial Hospital.
Ron was the dedicated son of the late Edward and Greta Belcher and brother of Bob (Peggy). He will be dearly missed by partner Helena Donaldson and her sister Ada Jacque (Cary), his sons Rob (Rachel), Chad (Elaine) Belcher, Lance, James (Melanie) and Adam (Michelle) Gallagher, Shane (Tonia) and Gordon (Stacie) Seehaver and daughters Chrissy (Steve) Ercolani, Katrina (Mike) Seehaver and first wife Wendy Belcher. He was widowed by Laurin Kerr. Deeply loved by his grandchildren Geoffrey, Hayden, Ellie, Bethany, Curtis, Keenan, Haylei, Cole, Scarlett, Shayla, Blake, Elizabeth, Natasha, Keith and Gavin and great grandchildren Sam, Landon and Taylor. His grandchildren and great grandchildren were the focus of his later years.
Ron Belcher was born in Truro, Nova Scotia on August 6, 1942. He was a proud “Bluenoser”. As an “Air Force Brat” he and his family lived his school years in Quebec, the Yukon, Germany and Ontario. He was active in many sports as a youth and that probably led him to study Physical and Health Education and Mathematics at the University of Toronto. Upon graduation Ron entered the teaching profession in the mid ‘60’s with the Peel Board of Education working at a variety of Secondary Schools – Lorne Park, Cawthra Park and Clarkson. An excellent teacher of Physical and Health Education and Math, he was well respected by students and staff alike. Over his 30+ years in education he held various leadership roles such as Department Head, Admin Assistant and Acting Vice-Principal and was a dedicated volunteer coach. Ron was a skilled Basketball Official assigned to High School and Community College games in Peel and Halton. He used his talents to teach others how to officiate in his roles as clinician, evaluator, and rules interpreter. When Ron was assigned to one of your games you knew the officiating would not be a problem. Upon retirement, Ron’s dedication to education led him back into the math classroom for several years as a long-term replacement when schools had vacancies and needed a veteran. He was an enthusiastic motorcycle owner since the age of 20. A life-long passion was canoeing and camping – especially with his “Canoe Group” gang of friends and colleagues. The guys and their families played a pivotal role in his professional and personal life from his first year of teaching until his passing. Ron will be truly missed.
The WALL-CUSTANCE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL in Guelph are handling arrangements. Condolences can be expressed on their website at: www.wallcustance.com An immediate “family only” service will be held shortly and a grand memorial gathering will be held at a later date when Health Regulations in the Guelph area permit.
In lieu of flowers a donation can be made in Ron’s memory to a charity he annually supported – Telus Ride For Dad (Fighting Prostate Cancer). An “In Memory” donation can be made by calling toll free: 1-866-710-6733.
|A tree will be planted in memory of Ronald E. Belcher in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest, University of Guelph Arboretum. |