Bainbridge, Ronald Bainbridge, age 82, of Swift Current, Sk., passed away Monday, April 20, 2020 at Clover House in Swift Current. A Graveside service was held Monday April 27, 2020 at Memory Gardens Cemetery with Reverend Dave Smith officiating. Members of the Swift Current Fire Department formed an honor guard. Ron is survived by his wife Joan Bainbridge; son Jonny Bainbridge; sister Beverly Kern; sons and daughters Mitch (Brenda) Lambert, Sandra Arendt, Joanne (Joey)Sadden and Kari Knowles; grandchildren Katie, Randy, Jim, Jonas, Ashley, Randi Keegan, Leland, and Exavier; great grandchildren Jackson and Eli; sister-in-law Lorraine Barlow and her family; Marjory's children Jay, Heather, Kim and Sherry. He was predeceased by his father John Bainbridge; mother Ruth (Carson) Davidson; uncles Harry, Roy and Harvey Hart; aunt Hazel Turner, mother and father-in-law Stan and Evelyn Player; sister-in-law Marjory Biem; brother-in-law Allen Barlow. Ron was born in Moose Jaw in 1937. He has a younger sister, Beverly, who lives in Calgary. Ron's parents were John and Ruth Bainbridge-Ruth later remarried Carson Davidson. Ron spent his formative years in Moose Jaw being raised with his sister Bev, with whom he was very close. Ron survived a serious accident when he was 10, being hit by a truck and dragged for a block resulting in 3 month coma. Weighing only 3.5 lbs when he was born, showed he was a true survivor. Ron spent a little time in Swift Current before eagerly going off to join the Royal Navy at age 17. He enjoyed 10 years travelling the world via sailing and serving his country of which he was so proud. Ron became very ill at the end of his service with the Navy, losing weight and having his spleen removed nearly cost him his life, spending 6 months in the hospital. He then received an honorable discharge from the Navy. Ron was married for a time toward the end of his career in the Navy, and had his only son Johnny to care for when that union failed. Ron worked the docks, among other jobs to support Johnny. In 1963 he relocated to Swift Current to start a new life and he brought Johnny with him. Ron's parents Ruth and Carson Davidson helped get him started. He held several jobs including a driver for Motorways, Cruze Glass, and Melhoff Electric. In 1967 he got his start with the Swift Current Fire Department, proudly working for them continuously until his retirement in 1996 having reached the rank of Lieutenant. Ron remarried and raised Johnny through a difficult relationship which ended in 1977. Despite this, there were several trips visiting family in Vancouver with the camping trips to such places as Lake Louise, Kelowna, Three Valley Gap, Frazer Canyon, Banff, and many more. Spending time with Ruth, Carson, and Bev (sister), and Ron Kern was also something he enjoyed. Ron embarked on a new and lasting journey with his marriage to Joan in 1983, with whom he remained until his passing. Ron helped raise Joan's 4 children Sandra, Jo-Ann, Mitchell, and Karie. All of whom loved him deeply. Ron and Joan's retirement years had been spent helping their aging parents, and helping dispose them of their homes. Ron and Joan spent lots of time together at Cypress Hills, and the Saskatchewan Landing. The children enjoyed camping trips to the mountains including Kimberly and Three Valley Gap. Ron even parasailed at the Saskatchewan Landing adding to his list of hobbies which included golfing, swimming, and fishing. The fish of which he was most proud was a 5 lb trout he caught at the Dam. Ron gained many friends and friendly acquaintances over the years. Among them were of course members of the S.C.F.D. He really appreciated when they came in the fire truck to see him at Clover House. The nurses wheeled him out to see them on the patio. He was beaming and that's how, despite his final battle, he should be remembered. A loving husband, father, and friend. He was a firefighter, and a fighter to the end. Donations in Ron's memory may be made to the War Amps, S.P.C.A., or to the Salvation Army. The family would like to thank Dr. Khonje and Dr Bakara for the care Ron received while in hospital. Warren's Funeral Home in care of arrangements. For further information call 306-773-8831 or 1-800-267-6606 or visit our website at www.warrensfuneralhome.com and express your sympathy on the family tribute wall.
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