Ronald Thomas Cockrill

Ronald Thomas Cockrill


Ronald Thomas

December 27, 1943 – March 28, 2015

We sadly announce the passing of Ron, lovingly known as the “Garden Gnome” by friends near and dear to him for very special and memorable reasons.

Ronald was born December 27th, 1943 in Vancouver, BC and passed away on March 28, 2015 in Penticton, BC at the age of 71.

Ronald was survived by his son Jeffery Lyth (Vanessa) of North Vancouver, BC and his daughter Marci Hyndman (Donald) of Keremeos, BC and his sister Diane Hayes (Dennis) of Surrey, BC. Ronald also had 2 grandchildren, Ashley and Jessica. He is also survived by his very special friends, Della Brown of Summerland and Dave and Tracey Goodman of Penticton, as well as Harley his feline friend forever. Ron touched the hearts of so many people and leaves a void in many lives. Ronnie was definitely diverse and multi talented. He started his work life at a Cadillac dealer in Vancouver. After several years there, he then owned his own automotive garage. He was later employed by Mills Paints which brought him to the Okanagan. Ronnie was a very good painter (even though he hated it and complained like crazy when he had to do it). He worked in the silviculture and logging industry and soon became a foreman. He also fought many forest fires for Forestry. He then in 1986 worked with BC Park. Again he became a foreman and manager, and was dearly loved by the employees and campers! His never ending jokes and wit supplied a nonstop flow of laughter!! He truly lived up to his reputation as ‘Rockin Ronnie’ and memories of him will be treasured forever!!!

Enjoy your last pantyhose run darling.

There will be no service at Ron’s request. A Celebration of Life will take place during the summer, his favorite season.

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