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Srashedb
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I just read on another forum that GS Ron passed away on November 6 from kidney cancer complications.

i am shocked and saddened with this news; I had been missing his posts but thou he wanted a cancer break after learning of his cousin's impending death.

Ron was so positive and supportive and I thought getting better.

if anyone has more information, can you share it?

I didn't think that I'd ever say Rest in Peace to him but, yes, Rest in Peace, Ron, rest in peace.

Sarah

 

2014-11-12014-11-11

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Suekub
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This is news I didn't expect to read when I logged in tonight. So sad. Ron was always so upbeat and positive. I thought he was doing OK but know that he was upset about his cousin's health.

damned disease! RIP Ron, you will be missed.

Sue

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Oh No! I can't bare to hear it, such sad news!! He was such a character and such a fighter. No matter how painful things became he never let it interfere with his enjoyment of life. He never gave up!

We all appreciated his insight and guidance, he always kept us abreast of all the latest treatments. He was like the gentle Uncle with the whacky sense of humour and a keen eye for the ladies. I am going to miss him so so  much! We all love you very much Ronnie!

 

Rest in Peace our dear friend!

 

Djinnie xx

 

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Phredswife
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Terrible news. What an amazing guy. Informative and funny and so honest. You encouraged many of us andCry will be missed greatly Ron! Rest in peace

Hugs Melissa xox

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Ron was such an inspiration with his sense of humour and positive attitude. He had such a love of life...he just retired in January.

I assumed the death of his cousin was the reason why he had been staying away from the forum.

Oh Ron, we will miss you here so much. We needed to hear your wise words, your cheeky jokes, your positive advice.

I pray that you are at peace now and joking like the naughty fellow you are with all the ladies up in heavean.

God bless you, dear friend.

Big hugs

Jojo

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Terrible news.  RIP, Ron.

 

 

 

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I find myself at a loss for words here.

This link to a video Ron made a few months ago was posted on SmartPatients earlier:

http://vimeo.com/111265713

 

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Thanks for the link Nano, I have only seen Ronnie on the IOM stills. That was a lovely video of him he looked so well and happy, doing what he loved most! 

Djinnie

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dme59
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Sad news to say the least. Thanks for sharing the video NanoSecond. It was well done,

 

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Thanks for sharing the link. His spirit LIVES in all of us. His ability to continue to live life as he fought cancer is something we should all try to duplicate.

He will be missed.

I never met him in person, but I am a better person because of him.

 

 

myoung790
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I've only been around a short while, but am very sorry to hear this news.

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So Sad.... I am at a loss for words. Ron will be greatly missed.

Poirier66
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So sad to hear that someone lost their battle. I new here so I'm not sure which one was Ron. Was he the one with a leather jacket on in his profile.

Srashedb
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Ron is the one on the motorcycle in a colored pic; you are thinking of Fox in the leather jacket.

Sarah

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I'm still here.

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Ron stopped by a few months ago and met me while on a trip to attend a conference in San Diego. I knew he had some progression, but I had no idea his struggle was nearing this level. I'm very sad to hear about this. He's been so supportive and helpful and positive. What a kind soul. I'm going to miss seeing him here. I wish he had been able to let us know that his health was declining. On the other hand, I certainly understand that computers and posting would be the last thing on my mind when battling this God forsaken disease in the hospital.

I wish his soul peace. I hope there's some misunderstanding and this isn't the case.

Todd

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I was having a gut feeling. I had even intended to post a "Where are you Ron" thread today.

We used to talk alot about keeping positive attitudes and living life.  Some believe that having a positive attitude when our prognosis is grim is like being in denial. They don't understand. It is about enjoying every breath you take while you are able. Ron had the concept mastered. He raised the spirits of all he met here and I'm sure all that provided care for him since his diagnosis. Never once did he even consider the "Why me".  Even when feeling poorly, Ron was on this forum looking to help someone with advice or just to raise their spirits. I hate cancer. Keep the shiney side up my friend. RIP.

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Hey Foxy,

I am sorry that your gut feeling was right on this one. You and Ron both were always such advocates for positive attitudes and living life. I have a feeling that this will hit you especially hard.

Hugs,

Jojo

 

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His advice and humor will be missed terribly around here. Please keep us update with any information as it is made available. 

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nsb748
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Never met the guy in person, but saddened nonetheless. 

Always liked his ability to inject humor in any situation, and the fact that he acted as an advocate for everyone with this terrible disease.

He will be missed. 

 

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foxhd
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   please watch the video link posted in this article.     

http://vimeo.com/111265713

resistance2
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So sorry to hear the loss, loss of words

Karen0074
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Oh no, when I was having a bad day thinking of kidney cancer this vile disease, I always thought of Ron and his sense of humour that he brought to this board. Also he was always so positive and inspirational. This board will never be the same. RIP GSron xxx

Bellweather
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Ron set the tone with positive words and actions, helping us all along 

this path.  Rest in Peace Ron

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I watched the video, and even though I have never seen a photo of him - he was exactly as I had imagined him to be. The video exuded his personality exactly as I had expected him to be - even just to have known him only virtually. In the video you could feel his good natured personality, his kind heartedness, his goodness. I know you all will understand, as only this group would understand, the nature of our great loss. I am not ashamed to tell you that I sobbed my heart out when I read the very shocking and sad news. I had a heavy heart all day and still do, as I am sure most of you who knew him (from CSN) can relate to how I am feeling. I am sorry for rambling...I am so upset and shocked about this.

This is a reminder of how very precious life is. Hug your loved ones a little closer today - and every day after.

Big hugs

Jojo

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It was exactly a year ago this week that we got the same news about Tex.  Ron had even posted recently about that upcoming anniversary and how much he was still missed.

I am just shocked at how quickly this happened.  It wasn't that long ago he made the trip to the Isle of Man.  Ron was such a positive person and I will miss him dearly.

I just cannot express how much this hurts.

Love ya Ron,

Kathy

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Hi Jojo, I like you have been crying all day, I haven't been able to think straight since the news this morning. It is fantastic to have such a wonderful support group, to maintain such a unique type of closeness, but the pain when losing someone is unbearable. 

It was a lovely video!

Djinnie x

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Hi Djinnie,

You couldn't say truer words.

XO

Jojo

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Dang,  I am away for a few weeks and suddenly was drawn to check in and recieve this bad news.  Very sad and thanks to those posting the video.  I did not know him as well as I would have liked, but he was a constant influence here and always positive.  Very sad.

 

Jack

Srashedb
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there is a video of a speech Ron gave to the Smart Patients community this past summer just before he took his trip.

he is not only positive but looks great; I don't know how to post the link but others on both forums may be able to. 

Sarah

 

 

 

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I lost count how many times I wrote on this site "Rest in peace, you will be missed, my condolences, etc. etc."

I can't write these words anymore, not for Ron. I can't put Ron and death in the same sentence. He was so full of life, so funny, to sensitive to the suffering of others.

Wherever you are Ron, I hope you get to do what you love: ride you bike, crack jokes, flirt with pretty nurses. See you soon, man.

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Hi Alexandra,

I know Ron loved your posts...loved to joke back and forth with you. I always enjoyed reading your conversations - you, Ron and Foxy sure had some good quips going.

In fact, didn't he change his avatar picture because of you?

Take care!

Hugs

Jojo

 

 

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Yeh, I sent Ron this picture.

Ron used to come to the Ovarian board, post about research and support us there. Not only because of his Michigan cousin with OVCA, but because it's just the kind of man he was. I'm crying. I haven't cried in 40 years.

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Hi Alexandra,

Ron certainly was special. I know that when he lost his cousin, it was a hard blow for him. I can't stop crying either. I know my husband doesn't understand why I can't stop crying. Hard to explain. But I don't have to explain it here. Everyone here gets it.

 

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I am so sad to hear this news. He was such a support to Mr B and me when we first started here. I hope Mr B, Texas, and Ron are together laughing and having a drink. Cancer sucks. 

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Mrs. Blkjak,I like the idea that Mr B.,Texas and Ron are up in heaven together, laughing and having a drink.  Cheers!

 

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I read this last night and was so shocked and saddened by it, I couldn't respond.

Ron, if you're out there watching over this board, please know how much everyone loved you!  You were so kind and supportive to me last year when I was dx, and I'm forever grateful. 

My condolences to his family and all his friends.  He is missed.

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I'm just speechless, hearing this today.  I read it first on SP and had to come here to see if it was true.  This is a gut-wrenching truth about this vile disease......it doesn't play favorites with who it takes! DAMMIT!!!!DAMMIT!!!!!DAMMIT!!!!  Rest in peace, my funny, naughty friend.  Maybe we can all have a party together one day and you can teach me to ride a motorcycle.

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I had such a hard time believing this yesterday. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that because I read this news online, I just didn't trust it. So I sent Ron a text message and an email yesterday inquiring about him. There's been no answer. I was hoping I'd reach a relative at least that could let me know more about what had happened. Nothing so far.

The last times we talked, I wasn't aware that he was ill enough to be hospitalized. He never mentioned it. I wish I'd been in touch more. I hadn't talked to him much since his trip overseas.

I'm still in shock. So very sad about this news.

We will miss you Ron.

Peace to you and your family.

Todd

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I hate cancer...I'm tired of having cancer, of being reminded that it's a sh---y disease, and I hate hearing about  someone we "know" and love has been consumed by cancer.

Nuff Said.

Donna

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rae_rae
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I noticed his absence the past week. I have no words. Rest in Peace, Ron

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Wow, Ron, we are but few whose lives you touched with your humor, attention and kindness. What an example you are to us! May we all continue to pay your love forward.. be happy, my friend !

Glad you are finally out of pain my dear!

 

Hugs, Jan

Srashedb
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Todd, I think Ron died at home and it must have been sudden, maybe his heart or liver.

when I read of his passing, I too thought it must be another Ron. He had posted about his cousin at the end of October and was having scans for the spinal mets this month.

We are left to speculate; he lived between your home and mine and he was someone I wanted to meet personally. It makes sense that he didn't tell you how bad the cancer was because he didn't know the extent and that's the reason for the tests he never got. That's why I think it was heart issues.

i will always remember my first times at this forum and the sense that he was a teddy bear. 

Sarah

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Numb at this sad news.   Ron was a tremendous LIFT to anyone who landed here, and he will be sorely missed.  The constant stream of support he provided,   laced with the great humor he maintained throughout, made it easy (for me) to forget the uphill battle he was personally fighting.

 

I am going to embrace the image suggested by Mrs B of Ron joining Mr. B and Tex for laughs and cocktails. Ron would like that. . .

 

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Sad, altough i'm only here since september, having read almost all posts on this forum makes me feel like i know a lot of you here. GS Ron was respected by every members of this board and will be miss. May he rest in peace.  

firedude21
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I don't post alot but the times that I have Ron was always there with a word of advice or encouragement. I know that I will miss him big time along with many others on this forum.

RIP in peace my friend, see you on the other side.

 

firedude21 

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OMG, what terrible news. I am so very sorry. Rest in peace, Ron.

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I came in here thinking about Ron and TW.  NEVER expecting to see this awful news! What on earth happened? I did not know he was anywhere near that ill. I mean, i knew he had mets but last i saw his post two weeks ago or less, we were talking back and forth about his cousin who lost her battle with Ovarian cancer.  I feel so awful and will really miss Ron. I am very sad.  I just can't figure out what went wrong. Gonna miss your upbeat and encouraging posts, Ron.  Sad night!

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dhs1963
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This really saddens me.  I did not know GS, just like I did not know TW personally.  But, it is humbling to see such strong people fall to the disease...

 

God Speed.

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I had exchanged pm's with Ron not to long ago. We grew up in the same neighborhod in Northwest Detroit back in the 1950's, although he was 7 or 8 years younger than me.

So sorry to hear about the loss of a real fighter.

 

Icemantoo

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It is so hard to believe that GS Ron is gone. he was always one that could make you laugh and feel strong, not many have that capability!

 I will miss you so GSRon and I will always carry with me your words of encouragement, and your jokes!

                                                              Glad there is no more pain for you!

                                            

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