Ron Rackley passed away peacefully in his 91st year on March 7th 2023 at Brucelea Haven, in Walkerton, Ontario
Survived by his loving wife Yvonne of 71 years, his daughter Lynne (Stan) Johns of Kincardine, and his son Dean (Tamis) Rackley of Kincardine. Grandchildren, Perry (Jacqueline) Johns of Kincardine, Kyla (Scott) Mahn of Toronto, and Kelsey Rackley of London. Ron was both happy and proud to be a great-grandad to Tyler Johns of Kincardine, Carol (Kyle) Stares of Bradford, Kalvin Stares of Sarnia, and Sienna Mahn of Toronto.
Born to Frank Rackley and Mary Ryan-Rackley in London, England, Ron was the youngest of 7 children. Ron had a rough start in life being evacuated to Wales during WW2 at age 6 due to the relentless bombing of London. While he was in Wales, his mum Mary passed away; Ron was only 7 years old. Despite a difficult childhood Ron never lost his sense of humour, his infectious smile, and his love of life and adventure.
Ron met Yvonne 73 years ago at a local youth club; they both knew it was love at first sight. From that point on, they were always together.
Ron worked at Ontario Hydro for many years but took early retirement to follow his dream. Ron and Yvonne took off on their sailboat and let the wind guide their way to distant shores. When his seafaring days were over, Ron volunteered at the Day Away program in Kincardine for many years. He loved to entertain, sing, write music, and play his guitar.
Ron was a devoted husband and family man, he was so proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and he wasn't shy to tell everyone how great they were. Ron never let life get him down no matter what it threw at him. He always had a smile, a sense of humour, and something funny to talk about; we will miss his laughter.
Special thanks to the Brucelea Haven nursing staff and Dr Gill for taking such great care of Ron.
A Memorial Service to honour Ron's life will be held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine on Monday March 13, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Kenneth Craig Officiant. Reception to follow at the funeral home.
If so desired, memorial donations in Ron’s memory to The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation or The Canadian National Institute for the Blind would be appreciated by his family.
Portrait and memorial online at www.daveylinklaterfuneralhome.com