Ronald E. Gilligan

April 2, 1938 - April 29, 2019

Funeral Details: Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Stroud Innisfil Recreation Centre

Ronald (Ron) Gilligan born April 2, 1938, passed peacefully with his family by his side at Royal Victoria Hospital on April 29, 2019.  Ron was in his 81st year. He started with North York Fire on April 08, 1963 and retired on April 30, 1995 with 32 years of service.

Beloved husband of Sandy Gilligan (Oliver), father of Wendy and Wayne (Cathie), Poppa of Derek, Kassandra, Cole, Dana. Brother in law to Cheryl and Brian Sellwood, Bev and Jack House, Chuck and Hazel Oliver, Carol Gilligan. Uncle Ron to Ashley, Colin, Joanne, Brian, Bob, Bill, Jeff, Rick, Jason, Laura, Karen, Danny, Paul, Kelly, Laura, Jason and their families. A truly proud and brave gentleman whom will be truly missed by all his extended family who called him Uncle Ron, Poppa and Gilly. He was a true friend to many.

He will be reunited with his mother Alice, Brother Bob, Sister Vivian and his fur babies Smokey, Brandy, Milly.

Ron’s wishes were cremation and a celebration of his life.

Friends, Family and Fire Fighters will join together on Saturday May 4 at 1:00-4:00 at the Stroud Innisfil Recreation Centre (7883 Yonge St., Innisfil), with a Memorial Service starting at 1:30 p.m. This will be followed by an open forum for stories and memories. There will be an Honour Guard and the Bell Service will be done.

In honour of Ron’s memory, donation may be made to Sick Kids Hospital





16 Condolences
  • David French
    Posted on: Thursday, May 2, 2019 Reply

    A wonderful man, fondly remembered, but never forgotten.

  • Pam & Robert Bell
    Posted on: Thursday, May 2, 2019 Reply

    Aunt Sandy & Family,
    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for Uncle Ron. He always had a smile and made sure to leave you with one.
    The firefighter tie clip he passed on to Robert was the smallest gesture that held the most significance! He will be missed indeed.
    When someone we love becomes a memory,
    Their memory becomes a treasure…
    Wishing you peace…

  • Kristy House
    Posted on: Thursday, May 2, 2019 Reply

    You were always such as amazing uncle, but more of grandfather to me. I have and always stand by the values your instilled in me . Love you and good bye until we meet again

  • Gordon Crocker
    Posted on: Thursday, May 2, 2019 Reply

    My condolence Ron will be missed when he was very young he came to say with your family in Port Burwell and its never bin the same RIP COUSIN

  • Sandra Charlton
    Posted on: Thursday, May 2, 2019 Reply

    Dear Sandy and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear about Ron’s passing. On behalf of the Sayers Family, our hearts go out to you in this time of sorrow. Although we can not bring him back he will be forever in our memories. I can honestly say that Ron was a great cousin. He had a wonderful sense of humor and told the greatest stories ever when he spoke about family and his experiences working as a fire fighter. Rest in Peace Ron, we love you! Some day we will have that family reunion when we meet again!

  • Dylan and Jodi Subject
    Posted on: Friday, May 3, 2019 Reply

    Aunt Sandy,

    We want to send our deepest sympathies and condolences to you and the family. Uncle Ron was an amazing person who we will remember for his sharp wit, sense of humor and love for baseball. He was a hardworking and passionate man and for that he will always be admired.

    Sending special thoughts to the family as they say goodbye to a wonderful man.

    Rest Easy Uncle Ron.

  • Kevin and Christine Buoy
    Posted on: Friday, May 3, 2019 Reply

    Dear Aunt Sandy and Family
    We hope you find comfort in knowing that someone so special will never be forgotten. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Karen Simpkin
    Posted on: Friday, May 3, 2019 Reply

    Dearest Sandy, My heartfelt condolences on your loss of Ron. He was such a kind man. You are in my thoughts during this difficult time. May you and your family find some peace in the days to come, spending time together and remembering all the happiness. Love Karen

  • Aunt Lois & Uncle Henry Baker
    Posted on: Saturday, May 4, 2019 Reply

    Deepest sympathies to Wayne, Cathie, Cole and Dana and the rest of the family at this time of loss.
    Sorry we cannot attend the service, but know our prayers and hugs are there for everyone!

    Aunt Lois and Uncle Henry

  • Annie Charlebois & Shane Oliver
    Posted on: Saturday, May 4, 2019 Reply

    Our loved ones leave behind spaces in the world that can never be filled. However they also leave behind love and light in each of his love ones, those are the sparks of joy and hope that live in your hearts and give strength to your souls.
    May there be moments of comfort in your sadness and peace in your days.
    Heartfelt sympathies,
    Annie & Shane

  • Janette Gajic
    Posted on: Sunday, May 5, 2019 Reply

    Dear Sandy, Wendy, Wayne and family.

    My heartfelt condolences to you all. Ron will be dearly miss by all who loved him.

    Thinking of you during this difficult time.

    Love Janette

  • Brenda Berthier
    Posted on: Sunday, May 5, 2019 Reply

    My sincere heartfelt condolences to Sandy and all the family. The photo I submit shows a loving couple holding hands at a Barrie Colts game where they enjoyed attending and were seasons ticket holders for years. This will be my fondest memory! Ron was a gentleman and he will be truly missed. Sandy, please accept my loving hugs and know where to reach out if you need anything.



  • Dave Beauchesne
    Posted on: Thursday, May 9, 2019 Reply

    To Sandy and Family

    I am just hearing of the passing of Ron. My deepest condolences to you and your family on your loss. My dad, Maurice considered Ron one of his best friends and now they can be together in the Wrinkled Warriors baseball team up in heaven. Ron was a great guy and I enjoyed our conversations when I would run into him at the Colts games. On behalf of Lise and my family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  • Jasper & Mollie Bruining
    Posted on: Saturday, May 11, 2019 Reply

    Sandy & Family:
    We just read of Ron’s passing and would like to send our condolences to you and your family.
    Jasper & Mollie Bruining

  • Marlene
    Posted on: Saturday, May 11, 2019 Reply

    My sincere condolences to Sandy, Wendy and Wayne as well as extended family. Ron was a one in a million man I only have good memories of time with his family.
    Sorry i did not make it to the Service my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Gary McLeaming
    Posted on: Sunday, May 12, 2019 Reply

    Ron was always my idea of the loving, family man. He will be missed. I will miss our chats at McDonald’s restaurant on Bayfield street.

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