Ronald James Rines

Rines, Ronald James

February 12, 1932 – July 30, 2010

Our beloved husband, father, and friend passed away peacefully on July 30th, 2010 at the age of 78. Ron was born in Shubenacadi, Nova Scotia. After completing high school and his first year of university in Truro, he headed west to Prince George, B.C. He met and married Marge in 1957. With a young family they settled in Cranbrook for over 22 years, Ron’s CA Practice thrived and he established many long time friends and loyal clients. Ron loved to work outside, dabbling in ranching for a time, ensuring his fences were always meticulously painted and always striving for the nicest lawn. Ron loved to watch all Vancouver Canucks games.

After retiring from his practice in 1986, they moved to Kelowna where Ron owned and operated Okanagan Cedar Products, and then managed Holiday Park in Winfield, B.C. Ron enjoyed travelling with Marge and after spending many winters in Phoenix they travelled to Mexico, Costa Rica, Nova Scotia and Hawaii numerous times. After living in too many places to mention, they settled in Smithers in 2006 to be close to Leanne and their growing granddaughters.

Ron is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marge, of Smithers, B.C., his son Ken Rines, of Cranbrook, B.C., his daughter Shelley Rines (Paul Gibson) of Calgary, AB, and his daughter Leanne Kindler (Tom) of Telkwa, B.C., his grandsons, Derek & Cory Rines, granddaughters, Kayla and Jessie Kindler and great-granddaughter Isabella Kindler, his sisters Dorothy Grant (Wilfred), Barb Parsons (Roland) and brother Graham, all of Nova Scotia.

Ron was a kind and loving husband, awesome dad, fun grandpa and close friend, his wonderful smile and enthusiasm for life will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Smithers Bulkley Valley Hospice Society. Box 8, Smithers, B.C., V0J 2N0.

A Memorial will be held Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at the Christian Reformed Church in Smithers, B.C. Please come and celebrate Ron’s life with his family and friends. Service will be at 1:30 p.m.

We little knew that morning that God was going to

call your name,

In life we loved you dearly; in death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone.

For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.

You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide,

And though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same,

But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.


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