On July 13, 2010, just one day past his 76th birthday, Ronald L. Kyle passed away with his family and pastor at his hospital bedside.
Born on July 12, 1934 in Alix, Alta., Ron was raised and educated in Carman, Man. and later Fort Frances, Ont.
Aviation was his love, and he first began his apprenticeship in the industry at Rusty Myers’ Flying Service in Fort Frances. He later worked as the engineer at the Thunder Bay Flying Club, during which time he received his aircraft maintenance engineer’s licence from the M.O.T.
He also learned to fly at the club, and received his private pilot’s licence in 1962.
The highlight of his years at the flying club was to put together a Spitfire Mark IX for the late John Paterson, and see John fly it. The “Spit” is now in the Aviation Museum in Ottawa.
In 1968, Ron moved to Ottawa, where he worked as a service rep and sales rep for the Cessna Aircraft Co. In 1972, he returned to Thunder Bay, where he began teaching aircraft maintenance at Confederation College and became co-ordinator of the program.
His career at the college lasted 27 years, and he was greatly respected by his students and peers.
Ron always enjoyed sports, and was a member of the Brockie’s baseball team and the Fort Frances minor hockey team.
He also was a log-roller, entering national competitions and performing at sportsmen shows in the United States with his log-rolling buddies from Fort Frances, including two Dalmatians and a monkey.
Ron also loved woodworking and became an expert mandolin maker, which his son, Doug, enjoyed playing. He was very handy and capable of repairing almost anything, and was the “fix-it man” of the neighbourhood.
He also loved gardening, and early this summer grandson Liam and Papa planted potatoes together.
Ron is survived by his wife, Helen; daugher, Donna Harrison; son, Douglas (Miriam); much-loved grandson, Liam; and step-grandchildren, Emily, Laurel, and Colin Smyk.
Also surviving are his brothers, Gordon (Bev), Raymond (Jane), and Richard (Laurie); sister, Lorraine Lindvall; brother-in-law, Donald Skinner, and sister-in-law, Roberta Shaw; as well as two aunts, an uncle, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Ivy and Gordon Kyle; sisters, Lois Calvez and Nola Skinner; and brothers-in-law, Armand Calvez and Charles Lindvall.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 11 a.m. at the Hilldale Lutheran Church on Hilldale Road, with Pastor Ed Long officiating.
If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations to the Hilldale Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated by the family.