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Ronald Fournier

December 2, 1940 - June 3, 2015

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There are not too many battles Ron Fournier did not win, but with great sadness we announce he lost the courageous fight against esophageal cancer on June 3, 2015.

Ron grew up in Haney (Hammond) BC, but escaped to the warm, sunny town of Oliver in 1973. Here Ron planted his roots – he cultivated a life of farming, family and friends. Ron was considered a “maverick” when he and his business partner became the first independent fruit growers to sell directly to retail companies. Years of work crews were indoctrinated into choruses and dance moves to “Sweet Caroline” and Conway Twitty’s “You’ve Never Been This Far Before” – (Bom Bom Bom). The farm evolved from fruit trees to vines and was the gathering place for hard work, life lessons, good wine and a ton of laughter. The early morning “coffee banter” along with evening poolside debates, storytelling and solving world affairs were a daily routine…and did we mention good wine?

Ron’s influence was far reaching, whether you agreed or not. He was politically active – running campaigns and even serving time on the hospital board. He also gave to various charities close to his heart; Children’s Telethon, Families in Need and more recently, his contribution to raising funds and awareness for ALS. Ron could often be heard yelling out answers to “Wheel of Fortune”. HIS greatest fortune however, was not in monetary terms – it was his love for family, friends and the farm. Ron was a proud member of Fairview Mountain Golf Club for many years, where his comical antics and 26 verbal swing thoughts – then repeated, will be remembered and missed by all. Ron was inclusive, lived larger than life and was passionate with all his endeavours. He will be so greatly missed by his family – we love you!

A celebration of life for Ron will be held at Fairview Mountain Golf Club, Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 5pm to 8pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Desert Valley Hospice Society.

Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com

Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Ron & Deanne Gray
Relation: friend

So sorry for your loss…may your memories and the love you share help you all through this incredibly difficult time…RIP Ron!!!

From: Wayne,Wendie Radies
Relation: Friend

We are so sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed the times we spent with both of you. Our thoughts are with you at this time

From: Victor & Lindsay Vieira
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

Our Condolences to the family. Ron was a great man that lit up any room with his smile. He will be missed. R.I.P. Ron…..

From: Diane Buckton
Relation: We grew up in Hammond B.C. Family friends

I am saddened to see this notice. Ron was a wonderful, happy guy who brought fun to any gathering whether it was family or friends. Michelle & Gavin please pass on my condolences to Donna, Jack and the rest of your extended families. Sending my love to you all and hugs to you. Diane . xo

From: Robert & Robin Reid
Relation: friend

Sorry for your loss. We have many warm memories of Ron. I remember our school days and playing baseball against each other – Haney vs. Hammond. Then those wonderful get togethers at Christmas time in later years. Ron was a very special person. All our condolences.

From: Carla
Relation: Friend

So sorry to gear of Ron’s passing. He will be missed. xo

From: Daphne Lee Fisher
Relation: School Friend

Ron attended Maple Ridge High with me. I have many memories of him and Dona’s sense of humour! We live in Kelowna now and on a visit to Osooyos to the great Italian restaurant there, I asked the owner who was visiting each table if he knew Ron, the answer was “Yes, he is very generous and comical, they were just in here celebrating his wife’s birthday”! Small world but Ron was larger than life and a privilege to have known him. Love to all his family. XX

From: HOLLEY NIELSEN
Relation: FAMILY FRIEND

My late father Ron Nielsen and Ron Fournier were fast friends in the early 60″s. As neighbours on Grover Ave, Donna and Ron spent many evenings playing cards and laughing with my parents. As I grew up I remember babysitting Michelle. Mom is still with us but sweetly demented, but I know she would smile and say God Speed.

From: David & Krista Miller
Relation: Neighbour

Ron was a great man, he’s laugh was very contiguous… We’ll miss him yelling hello from across the vineyard…. You’ll be missed…

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
July 11, 2015
Beginning at 6:31am

Location:
Fairview Mountain Golf Club
933 Old Golf Course Road
Oliver, BC Canada

A celebration of life for Ron will be held at Fairview Mountain Golf Club, Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 5pm to 8pm.

933 Old Golf Course Road
Oliver, BC Canada

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In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Desert Valley Hospice Society, Po Box 1261, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0.

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