Ronald George Bartram
Ronald George Bartram (93 years young) passed away comfortably at University Hospital in London Ontario on April 30 2020 at 3:10 pm. Ron was a victim of Covid-19 but he stayed strong until the end. He is pre-deceased by his loving wife Joyce (Biss) of almost 60 years of marriage and his first granddaughter Sasha (Steve). Ron is survived by his children: Angela (Clive), London; Nigel (MaryLynn) Ilderton; his grandchildren Tabitha (Nathan), Kyle (Nikki) and Carly (Kevin) and his great grandson Jacob (“Red Dog Leader”) and his great granddaughter Addison (“Score another goal for Bampi”) and his sister Vilma (Harold) Seer in Wales.
He will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by all his relatives in Canada and in Wales & England. Ron was a proud and active member of the Guards Association and will be fondly remembered by all his fellow Welsh Guards (Cymru Am Byth). Ron and Joyce were baptized at Byron Community Church and attended until his mobility became an issue. Ron was visited regularly by Pastor John at both Grandwood Retirement Home and later at Henley Place. Ron’s bible will become a family treasure.
Ron was born in Newport, S. Wales in 1926 and proudly served as a Welsh Guard in the British Army in Palestine during WWII. Ron, his wife Joyce, daughter Angela and son Nigel emigrated from S. Wales to Canada in 1969. Made in Wales and “aged” in Canada - Ron and Joyce loved their adopted home and visited many parts of Canada. Ron & Joyce couldn’t resist visiting their homeland - each time reacquainting with old friends and family and re-energizing their memories of times well spent during their youth and young adult lives. A saying that is well suited to Ron is “You can take the Boy out of Wales but you can’t take Wales out the Boy!” As a strong presence in his family’s life Ron will be greatly missed by all.
May 1, 2020, 11:03 am
Ron served with my husband in the Middle East as a young guy where they became best friends. This friendship lasted over half a century. We kept in touch with him over Facebook the last few years. We had our occasional chats and always checked on each other.
His death came as a surprise, since I called him only a few days ago. My heart is broken And my eyes are tearful over the loss of our old friend. He will be missed for he was a good man and a loyal friend. I and my family loved him and his death was a very sad experience.
Our heartfelt condolences to his family. May his soul meet his old friends’ souls departed before him, and may he find eternal peace .
Rose Faraj Sweiss
Terry and Pauline
May 4, 2020, 9:55 am
We are so sorry for your loss and wish we could be with you at this time.
We have many memories of Ron and Joyce they always welcomed our family to their home, dinners and swimming in the pool, get togethers at holiday times, family was special to them.
Ron’s love for people was evident wherever he went always with a big smile.
He loved the Lord and wasn’t afraid to tell others of that love, he was a special uncle.
Terry Pauline and family
May 4, 2020, 10:34 am
Nigel, My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless.
Colin & Isabel Matthews
May 1, 2020, 12:01 pm
We will always remember Ron & Joyce from our visits to London. A proud and passionate Welshman and his wonderful Welsh Room.
In the words of the great Welsh song
“ We’ll keep a welcome in the hillside
We’ll keep a welcome in the Vales
This land you knew will still be singing
When you come home again to Wales.”
“ This land of song will keep a welcome
And with a love that never that never fails
We’ll kiss away each hour of hiraeth
When you come home again to Wales!”
Cymru Am Byth!
Colin & Isabel in Scotland
Andy and Sue Barker
May 1, 2020, 12:13 pm
To Angela and Family, sending much love at this sad time. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Lots of love Andy and Sue xx
Brenda & Bryn Stephens
May 1, 2020, 2:07 pm
Remembering Ron, We are saddened to hear the passing of Ron a Welshman through and through and a true gentleman.
"Bendith Duw ar Ron R.I.P."
Love Brenda and Bryn in Cardiff, Wales.
Sarah & Matt Peters
May 2, 2020, 1:14 pm
Such a lovely tribute to Uncle Ron. His genuine loving smile, giggles and hugs are what I remember so fondly from my childhood. Along with endless fun in the pool. It is with much sadness that we say good bye to him but grateful to have been loved by him and to have loved him.
Sarah & Matt, Grayson and Macy
May 8, 2020, 7:31 am
Ron was a kind and loving uncle, and I am sending all my condolences for his loss. Stan and I had a wonderful trip to Canada twenty years ago when we visited Ron and Joyce, and we kept in touch regularly.
With all my love,
May 8, 2020, 8:59 am
We are very sad to hear of Uncle Ron’s passing, and send all our love and condolences to you. We first met Ron when he visited Newport in 2007 and stayed for a while with Marlene and Stan. He was so kind, cheerful and interested in everyone he met. He always kept in touch, and we would have loved to have visited him in Canada. Thinking of you at this difficult time, Alex Collins and family
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