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Ron Bildfell

Death Notice

Born Ronald Walter Bildfell, 1950-2018

After a lengthy, dignified fight with Pancreatic Cancer, surrounded by his loved ones,  Ron Bildfell passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Beloved husband of Louise Bildfell. Loving father of Chris Bildfell (Anudeep Kanwar) and Gudrin Beggs (Mark Beggs), and stepfather of Victoria Economou. Cherished Papa Ron of Henry Beggs and Lucie Beggs, and grandpa of Isla Bildfell. Dear brother of Rob Bildfell (Rosalind Blair). Predeceased by his parents Torfi Bildfell and Muriel Bildfell and by his sister Laurie Bildfell (Brendan Murphy).

Ron attended the University of Windsor law school and was called to the bar in 1977. He began his successful legal career in Kitchener. Thereafter in 1982 he joined the law firm of McEachran and Associates in Sarnia. In 1994 he established his own firm, practicing civil litigation and commercial law until his retirement in November of 2017. He was well respected by his fellow bar members and clients for his knowledge and advice.

Captain Ron enjoyed spending time outdoors, and loved to sail his boat Wicked R. He was a member of the Sarnia Yacht Club, the Sarnia Golf & Curling Club, and the Sarnia Ski Club. Ron was also an experienced fisherman, carpenter, and camper. Ron explored all corners of the globe and was constantly seeking his next adventure. He lived ten lives in one, and will be deeply missed by all of his family and friends.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 2:30 p.m., with family and friends being received one hour prior. A reception will follow at the Sarnia Yacht Club, 1220 Fort St., Point Edward. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice, Breast Cancer Society of Canada or Pancreatic Cancer Canada (cheques only at the funeral home please).

Visitation

Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home on Saturday, January 13, 2018, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Service

A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. A reception will follow at the Sarnia Yacht Club, 1220 Fort St., Point Edward.

Donations

Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice, Breast Cancer Society of Canada or Pancreatic Cancer Canada (cheques only at the funeral home please).

20 Condolences

  • Dr. John Milne, Dr. Karen Davis Team January 12, 2018 09:44am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. We will miss Ron's wonderful smile.

  • Ray Liz Pierce January 11, 2018 09:43pm

    Please accept our most-sincere condolences. Ron was a great friend who helped us in so many ways. He always made time for us and was a bastion of wisdom and knowledge. We will miss him and his pleasant smile. We will cling to the memories he has left us .

  • John Wendy Sutherland January 11, 2018 07:28pm

    Wendy and I wish to pass along our condolences. Ron was a long time fellow SYC member and dock member and will be remembered by us for his smiling way, competitive sailing spirit. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with your family members at this time

  • Erik Mortensen and Sarah White January 11, 2018 04:03pm

    Our sincerest condolences, may gentle breezes guide you to better times and glistening snow carry you towards your next adventure. Ron always showed us how to get there with a smile. Erik&Sarah.

  • Robert B. Gray January 11, 2018 03:35pm

    I will always remember Ron for his humour, legal acumen and sense of justice.
    Ann and I wish to express our sincere condolences to Louise and the family.

  • Joe Andali January 11, 2018 02:59pm

    Louise and Family, I was fortunate to have spent the last 12 years golfing every week with our regular foursome. In fact we have our own bench with our names Ron, Shaun, Al and myself. Great memories will flow each time we sit on our bench. He will be missed.

  • Jane Anema on Behalf of The Sarnia Community Foundation January 11, 2018 02:52pm

    On behalf of the Board of Directors, please accept sincere condolences on the passing of a true community champion. As a board member at the Foundation, Ron provided much insight into the legal aspects of charitable work and wise counsel on the development of many of our policies. His quiet work has strengthened this organization.

  • Kate Fess and Andrew Cradduck January 11, 2018 12:46pm

    We send our deepest sympathy to Rons family and close friends.
    Both Andrew and I shared some great times on the slopes and on the water with Ron.
    May the memories live on.

    Kate and Andrew

  • Marsha Arison-Barr January 11, 2018 12:44pm

    I was saddened today when I received a phone call from a friend that Ron had passed away. My relationship with Ron was as a friend from Windsor, and Sarnia and then he became our lawyer for Andy & I when we needed his legal advise. Ron continued to assist me after Andy had passed and I always considered Ron overall a dear and wonderful friend. He always had a smile and I'm glad that whenever I ran into Ron we always gave each other a hug.

    My Deepest Sympathy and Heartfelt Condolences to Ron's family & friends.

  • Lynn Passingham January 11, 2018 09:49am

    Louise and Family,

    May the sharing of your memories bring all of you comfort and peace. Ron will be Missed very much.
    Lynn Passingham and Everyone at Passingham Insurance.

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