Dr. Ronald George DICKSON

June 3, 1927 – September 3, 2008.

Died peacefully, at Lady Minto Hospital, surrounded by his family. Survived by his loving wife Ila?Mae, children Karen (Warren), Ken (Carolyn) and Patti (Rory), grandchildren Kristi, Graham, Turner, Emilie, Miranda and James, brother David and sister Ailsa Pearse.

Ron graduated from the University of Washington Dental School in 1952. He practised dentistry in North Vancouver for 37 years. He was a man of the sea, cruising up and down the B.C. Coast to Skagway. Ron was an enthusiastic predicted log racer, winning Skipper of the Year 9 out of 10 years.

From Ron, September 1, 2008:

“I was dealt a very good hand. I lived in nice houses, owned yachts and boats and dinghies, but more importantly I practised a profession that I truly enjoyed. Even more importantly, I had some very good and loyal friends.

“To have a great hand, you have to have 4 Aces, and I did. The Ace of Diamonds would be Karen. If you want something, she’ll get it for you – top of the line, but she’ll get it. The Ace of Clubs would be Ken, who really is a better fisherman than me, though he never lets on. The Ace of Spades would be Patti. If you want a hole dug for a tree, or the prawn traps brought in, she’s the one to do it. The Ace of Hearts, of course, would be Ila?Mae. She gives so much, cares so much, makes our life come together. She never finds anything too much trouble.

“The gate has opened, and I must go. God bless and good bye.”

A celebration of Ron’s life will be held in late December; details to follow. No flowers by request.

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