Ronald Arthur Maskill
Ronald Arthur Maskill, Born in Truro, Jan 28, 1937; Died in Truro, March 16, 2016.
Ron was an only child of loving and kind parents; Thomas Murray Maskill and Gertrude Mae (Fielding) both of Truro. Ron also had these qualities which he demonstrated over his lifetime with his family, in his workplace and whomever he met. He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing and took every opportunity to share his adventures with family and friends.
He was married to Lorraine Weatherbee, Truro. They have been married 59 years. Soon after their marriage, Ron joined the Armed Forces. His 14 years of military services gave him the opportunity to develop his inner strengths, which gave him a great satisfaction in serving and pride. At one point during his service in Petawawa, domestic terrorism forced Canada to enact the War Measures Act. During that time Ron was deployed to Ottawa serving as a guard for the Governor General and the Prime Minister.
Ron, his wife Lorraine and their four children returned to Truro after his time of service. He was a carpenter by trade, having worked on many projects including the restoration of St. George’s Anglican Church, Halifax after the disastrous fire. Being a kind and gentle man, Ron was well suited to the work he did locally as Woodworking Supervisor and later Manager of the Butler Center for the Mentally Challenged.
He went on from there to work with the newly formed work activity program on Robie St., which helped clients develop new skills for employment. He was instrumental in setting up and teaching the carpentry and janitorial programs.
Having a heart for the disadvantaged and most vulnerable he moved on when the opportunity presented itself and took his talents to Hope Farm in Stewiacke. This facility was a client live in working farm in the country for men with substance abuse. There he worked hands on with the men as Farm Manager. His last few years of employment before retirement were spent as a Commissionaire working mostly at the Colchester Hospital.
Besides his wife Lorraine, he is survived by two sons, Phil and Tim (Georgina) and two daughters Betty (John) Blaauwendraat and Penny (James) Augustine. Four grandchildren John, Marie, Brian and Spencer. Four great-grandchildren Ava, Ella, Johnny and Nora. An Aunt, Dorothy Devouge and several cousins. Cremation has taken place with no visitation by request, however, visits are always welcomed at Ron’s home. A Celebration of Ron’s life will be held in later spring at a Graveside Service in Bible Hill Cemetery with The Rev. Gary Yetman, officiating. Date and Time will be announced at a later date.
Donations in Ron’s name may be made to Colchester East Hants Health Centre (Palliative Care), Colchester East Hants Hospice Society, VON, Bible Hill Cemetery Corp or a charity of your choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Online messages of condolence may be sent to Ron’s family by visiting: www.ColchesterCommunity.com