Simmons, Ronald Philip
March 18, 1932 – January 13, 2017
Born and raised in Victoria, Ron was a machinist at Dockyard for 34 years. While still working at Dockyard, he purchased property on Otter Point in Sooke. He collected some machines, cleared land, found a small sawmill in the bush up island, tore it apart and moved it to Sooke. As only Ron would do, he rebuilt the mill and started Simmons Sawmill as a production mill. The high grade wood he produced was shipped all around the world. He later took up golf, with the same drive to be the best, along with playing Bridge and defeating a crossword puzzle. Ron is survived by his partner of 32 years Liz (Libby) Crawford and his best buddy “Tiko” a Cockatiel. Many thanks to Sooke Hospice for the care, compassion and guidance, your team is wonderful. To Red Cross for the loan of the hospital bed and many units of blood Ron received with type B positive blood, you make a difference. Also Thanks to VGH Emerg. and North 6c for your wonderful care and compassion. The great food was enjoyed by Ron. To my 2 drivers, Diane and Barb, for your time and the massages we were able to give Ron, we did make him smile and purr, not an easy job. Ron you did like to keep a secret, but we did find out you walked on the Falkland Islands. You have been saying for the last 20 years you would like a full nights sleep, enjoy, you have earned your rest. You did it your way and your 3 ladies are proud of you.
Rest in Peace