WO Ronald James Silk, CD (Ret'd)
We regret to advise of the death of Warrant Officer Ronald James Silk, CD (Ret'd) peacefully at Bluewater Hospital in Sarnia ON at the age of 86 on 4 November 2020 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Ron was born in Hamilton, ON to parents who had emigrated from Northumberland, England in 1912. His family had moved to Vancouver BC in 1943 and he attended and graduated from high school there and apprenticed as a carpenter. The family moved back to England in 1952 but Ron preferred life in Canada and sailed back alone later that year. He worked as a carpenter in Hamilton Kitchener, and Galt.
Ron joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1961 and served as a Carpenter and Construction Technician. His postings included Clinton ON, Winnipeg MB, Moose Jaw SK, Gander NL, and London ON. Ron deployed as a peace keeper with the United Nations peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) in 1974. Ron also served at Canadian Forces Station Alert NU and worked on the Canadian Embassy in Moscow USSR.
After retiring from the Canadian Forces in 1980, Ron worked as a Commissionaire at Camp Ipperwash ON for several years. Over the years, Ron kept very busy completely refurbishing their cottage until they sold it and moved into the town of Forest. Ron was a Royal Canadian Legion lifetime member.
In keeping with Ron’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will take place at a later date. Online condolences can be sent to the funeral home .