Ronald "Ronnie" Joseph Peters
It is with profound sadness that the family of Ronald Joseph
Peters announce his passing on Monday, March 6, 2023 at the age of 87.
Beloved husband of Shirley (Doiron) and father to Darren (Brenda) Peters and Monica Robinson. Proud grandfather of Jack (Keita), Will and Peter Robinson and Brittany and Tyler Peters. Stepfather to Louis (Jan) Doiron, Colin Doiron, Carlene Doiron, Maureen Doiron, DeeDee (Dennis) Johnson, Willis (Lisa) Doiron and many step grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Predeceased by his first wife Noreen (Connick), grandson Henry Peters, niece Deanna Simpson, brother-in-law Jack Thorpe, sister-in-law Mary Dunbar, along with a brother and sister in infancy. Brother to Lorina (John deceased) Dunn, Edwin (Norma deceased), Gloria (Earl) Walsh, Vernon, Gerard (Linda deceased), Doug (Vera), David (Janet), Marilyn Thorpe (Jim McCarthy), Rick and John (Frannie).
Brother-in-law to Suzanne Peters (Eric deceased), Jean Peters (Reggie deceased), Angela Peters (Roy deceased), Dot Peters (Norbert deceased), Aggie Connick (George deceased), Bernice Cameron (Wilbur deceased), Borden Macdonald (Margaret deceased), Pope (Joan), Connick, Fr. Joe Connick and Keith (Bonnie) Frazer.
Ronnie was born November 11, 1935 to Henry and Evangeline (Gallant) and was the first of 17 children. He grew up on the Toronto Road and began his first job as a farm hand in Stanley Bridge. He went on to work on several farms where his work ethic gave him the reputation of being the guy who could plant the straightest row of potatoes.
Ronnie’s mother passed away when he was just 26 and while working as a farm hand he also stepped up to help his father with the remaining children still at home; the youngest being just one. His siblings remember him as the one who had the car and he would chauffeur them around to where they needed to go. He also was known for driving many friends around. His generosity knew no limits and if he couldn’t drive them he would lend them his car.
When Ronnie was 31 he married Noreen Connick and moved to Kinkora. They had two children, Darren and Monica. While working with Campbell and Burns he had the opportunity to apply for a job as school bus driver with the Unit 2 School Board. He loved that job and remained there for 24.5 years until his retirement in 2000.
Just as Ronnie retired he lost his first love Noreen to cancer. To fill his days he went back to working on his sons’ farm. A job he loved but a lot had changed since he last worked on one and Darren would chuckle at what he might have to fix after his dad had spent the day there.
Ronnie was lucky enough to find love a second time with Shirley Doiron. He was always known for the big smile he usually wore on his face but Shirley could make his eyes smile too, and for that Shirley his children will be forever grateful. He loved children and children loved him. He always had time to play with them and didn’t mind changing a diaper or two in his day. He very much enjoyed his grandchildren on the Island, two special grandchildren in Alberta, Maya and Maddy and two great grandchildren, Kyle and Rosslyn Dickieson.
After a stroke left him wheelchair bound and caused him to move into the Garden home, it wasn’t long before he was smiling again and teasing the staff, giving many of them nicknames. Shirley rarely missed a day sitting by his side.
Ronnie was known for his gentle way, his smile and his kindness. Always there to help anyone who needed it never expecting anything in return. He was a humble, gentle soul and he was very much loved.
Visitation at St. Malachy’s Parish, Friday, March 10, 2023 from 4 to 7 p.m with funeral mass Saturday, March 11 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers if so desired, donations may be sent to Pat and the Elephant. Arrangements entrusted to Lawless Funeral Home, Kinkora.
My father didn’t
tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
-Clarence Budington Kelland -