Ronald Gordon Oberholtzer
March 26, 1929 - November 4, 2018
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our father.
Predeceased by his soul mate and wife of 54 years, Cathie Ann (née Fleming), his father, Gordon Clarence Oberholtzer, his birth mother, Minnie Etta Goudie, his stepmother since he was 8, Edith Mae Inkster and his infant sister, Joyce Velma, he leaves to mourn, his four children Beth (Ray Fennelly), Todd, Candace, David (Kathryn Larcher), five grandchildren Jesse Church (Emily Cowan), Noah Church (Heather King), Christopher, Maleah and Katie Johnson, his sister Joan Todd and a great circle of friends.
Dad was born in Kitchener Ontario, then at the age of eight, moved with his dad and step-Mum to Port Rowan Ontario. He attended school in Port Rowan, then high-school in Simcoe. He also spent a year at Albert College in Belleville Ontario. At University he studied chemical engineering, graduating in 1951. He apprenticed as a draftsperson in Montreal before finding work at Monsanto in Oakville, an agricultural pharmaceutical company in Paris Ontario and then in 1969 accepted a job in Port Hope at Eldorado (now Cameco). The entire family moved and settled in Cobourg.
Port Rowan is a small fishing village on Lake Erie. His family lived in the doctor's house while running a dairy. Dad would help with the milk run in and around his school schedule. He loved the rural environment, and loved to be on the wharf fishing for sunfish and largemouth bass. He participated in sports at school and built model airplanes. He would later get his pilot’s licence and develop a deep love for Motor Sports.
He and our mother met at the Oakville Car Club and participated in many car rallies while courting. We spent much family time driving in the back of a second-hand TR3 or a vintage Jaguar or at the side of the Mosport race track. Later, he and Mum would spend their down time back-country camping and canoeing. He was Mum’s academic research assistant, documenting the artefacts she was researching, building archaeological sifting screens, and accompanying her on her teaching / speaking circuit. He was an active participant in Cobourg life, volunteered with the town archives, was a life-long Mason and was an active part of the Probus Club.
Quiet and unassuming, he had a devilish side and loved a good joke. A small town soul that loved drinking in the world.
He will be sorely missed.
Thank you much to the fantastic staff at Palisade Gardens, Dad truly loved living there. And to the health care professionals that were patient and caring.
Cremation has taken place. A small reception will be held at MacCoubrey Funeral Home, 30 King Street E., Cobourg, on Thursday, November 8 from 7-9 pm
Flowers are welcome. Donations can be made to The Kidney Foundation of Canada or The Cobourg Ecology Garden.
Condolences received at www.MacCoubrey.com
Thursday November 8, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
MacCoubrey Funeral Home Reception Centre, Cobourg
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