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Ronald John Potter

POTTER, Ronald John - Surrounded by his family, Ron passed away peacefully at the age of 83 on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 at University Hospital, as a result of a pulmonary embolism. Cherished husband of Judith (née Snyder) for 58 years. Ron and Judy moved to London from West Toronto in 1965 and have lived in their home on Hunt Club Drive since that day. Proud and loving father of sons, Chris (Karen) and Tim (Jill), and daughter Robin (Neil McDougall). Caring and forever entertaining Grandpa of Jesse, Quinn, Claire, Gray, Logan, Brady, Callum and Shea. Ron is survived by his only brother Richard (Norma) Potter. Ron was born on February 13th, 1933 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. Ron was a leader. He was a teammate, coach, employer, mentor and motivator. His kind, confidence building approach benefitted everyone who knew him. Ron is remembered as stylish and a true gentleman. He was a gifted athlete excelling in football in particular. Drafted out of high school by the Toronto Argonauts and ultimately winning Canadian championship titles with the KW Dutchmen of the Sr. ORFU. His coaching titles included a Canadian Championship as Head Coach of Toronto's 1964 undefeated East York Argonauts. He was head coach of The London Lords 1965/66 and acted as defensive line/linebacker coach for the Western Mustangs Football team from 1965/73. Garnering him a CIAU championship ring as a coach of the 1971 team. Honorary officer and twice president of the UWO W club, Ron was inducted into the UWO Sports Hall of Fame in 2000 as a builder. Ron worked with London Life for 35 years. Beginning in January 1963, the majority of those years spent as Regional Manager of the London Central Agency. His legacy may well be most established as the result of the countless hours of time he donated to charity. Ron was awarded the Gov't of Canada's Canadian Volunteer Award. He gave 30 years of service to the Canadian Cancer Society, acting as National President in 1995/96. As the Ontario campaign chair he was responsible for Terry Fox and his run in Ontario. Spending time with Terry and Darrel Fox on Terry's Journey of Hope. Ron is the recipient of the 125th Anniversary Confederation Medal and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal. In 2009, he received the Dr. Ivan Smith Award, Alumni Western's highest tribute. The Potter family would like to gratefully acknowledge those who cared for Ron in the Intensive Care Unit of University Hospital. A celebration of Ron's life will be held at the Windermere Manor , 200 Collip Circle, London, on Saturday, September 24th, 2016 with visitation from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. followed by the celebration at 4:00 p.m. The family welcomes written thoughts, memories or photos as a keepsake. Donations can be made to the Ron Potter Athletic Scholarship Fund at Western University, the Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex or the charity of your choice. For information and online condolences, please visit We already miss him, and his wonderful sense of humour. 13098001
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Very sorry for your loss Mr Chris Potter
Posted by Horace Saunders (Fan) On Sunday, September 23, 2018
My words here can never make up for the loss of a loved one. My grandmother passed a few years back and I can imagine how hard it must be to move own. In her latter years it was difficult but my best memories of her doesn't dwell on those times but the ones of spending summers with her making homemade jams and working in the vegetable garden She was an avid quilter and I still have them. I will always cherish the time spent with her Sharing a little of my story I hope provides you some solace.
Condolences to you and your family
Posted by Irene King (fan) On Sunday, April 1, 2018
Mr. Chris Potter,

As OTR driver I ran from Omaha to Brampton, Ont. The Flying J at London was my “home away from home. Watching Heartland was regular routine. I have the first 10 seasons. I especially liked the Sound of Silence. I learned it was dedicated to your Father’s memory. I would like to very belatedly send my condolences to you and your family. Your dad must have been quite a man. You seem to favor him.

Please accept my condolences.

Irene King

Sorry to hear of Ron's passing
Posted by Lee and Judy Larson (acquaintance) On Saturday, September 23, 2017
We were with Ron and Judy on a tour of Italy in 2000. We had such a good time with them both. We thought of them over the years (laughing over Seinfeld, etc.) and when we heard that "Will and Grace" was starting again..we immediately thought of Ron and Judy. In my google search , I found Ron's obituary. We are so sorry and send our condolences. He was such a nice man and he and Judy were great companions as we toured Italy. Our condolences to the entire family.

Posted by Claudia (Small German Fan-Club of Chris) On Thursday, June 8, 2017
I´m so sorry to hear of you loss. My condolences to you Chris, your Mom and the whole family. I lost my dad in 2010 from one second to the next. The pain is deep. It never passes, but you learn to live with it. God bless you and your Family and take care of you.
Gone But Never Forgotten
Posted by Brooke & Art (Friend) On Tuesday, November 22, 2016

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?

And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.

And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.

And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

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