Ronald McDonald Cooney - ANORA
Ronald McDonald

Cooney

Passed Away: November 10th, 2021

Spirit Released November 10, 2021

 

Ron was born in Nova Scotia to Julia Power and Fleurence Cooney, the youngest of nine children. His early life was challenging, growing up on the streets of Montreal. When he was ten years old, he miraculously lived through a coma after being hit by a car. He attempted to get out of the neighbourhood by volunteering to go to Vietnam, but he was too young. At sixteen he joined the Navy spending time on the training ship HMS Cornwallis. Later worked as a deck hand on freighters on the Great Lakes, going down to the U.S. frequently. After some troubling years where he let his anger get the better of him; the turning point in his life was when he came across a book about yoga. He figured that he could do that, and he followed the instructions and illustrations and began a yoga routine. His relationship with Yoga taught him to calm himself. Running also helped him to calm his mind. Ron had many careers throughout his life. He was an accomplished cook, having graduated from Vancouver Community College. He owned a coffee shop in Kingston, Ontario and a small Restaurant in Salmon Arm, B.C. He really gave back to the community when he was a prison in-reach worker mentoring many inmates in high security prisons in the Lower Mainland. Since yoga inspired such positive change in him, he paid it forward by teaching yoga to inmates. He loved working with his dear friend Liz at the John Howard Society. Ron also spent years serving in Funeral Service. His professionalism and attention to details was exceptional. He endeared himself to the bereaved, as well as his colleagues. He went on to finish Yoga training at an Ashram in Quebec, where he obtained his ‘Advanced Yoga Instructor’s Certificate’.  At the Ashram he was recognized as someone special spiritually and was given the spiritual name ‘Valmiki’. Ron was caring, compassionate, smart and fiercely loyal to those who he loved. He had a mischievous sense of humour. Friends describe him as a cool guy. The encouragement that he showed others made a huge difference in people’s lives. He had a soft spot for children and animals. He spoiled his “boys”, (his cats).

Passing time around the campfire was one of his favourite things. It was here that he could entertain everyone with his storytelling; never letting facts get in the way of a good story. 

The devotion that he showed his wife Jeannette was admirable and steadfast. Together they grew strong in their faith in the Father of us all. He became an avid bible student, embracing the good book, while rejecting organized religion. Ron is survived by his loving wife of over 27 years Jeannette and a number of close friends and chosen family. You know who you are. Private interment at Heritage Gardens Cemetery, 19082 16 Ave, Surrey, B.C.

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Jo-Ann
Jo-Ann
20 days ago

Dear Ron,
From the time I first met you, your gentle spirit and loving kindnesses touched my heart and I knew that you were someone I could always count on. I am not only bereft at your passing away much too soon but also feeling more vulnerable because I’ve lost a dear friend who I felt always had my back.
Go in peace, dear friend, and hopefully one day we will meet again.

Jeannette Cooney
Jeannette Cooney
Reply to  Jo-Ann
17 days ago

Thank you for your loving words Jo …. You were his ‘best friend’ and he valued you so much

Darren Smith
Darren Smith
20 days ago

Ron was a big part of my life growing up. We had many adventures that I will fondly remember. My condolences to all who will miss him and who will feel the loss of his presence.

Jeannette Cooney
Jeannette Cooney
Reply to  Darren Smith
17 days ago

Thank you for your kind words Darren, he was always fond of you and never forgot you.

Debbie Wykes
Debbie Wykes
19 days ago

Rest In Peace Uncle Ron

Jeannette Cooney
Jeannette Cooney
Reply to  Debbie Wykes
17 days ago

Thank you Debbie, he was very special to a lot of people.

Kathy Bragger
Kathy Bragger
19 days ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Sending lots of love .

Jeannette Cooney
Jeannette Cooney
Reply to  Kathy Bragger
17 days ago

Thank you for your kind words Kathy. Much appreciated ..Xx

Ashleigh Bennett
Ashleigh Bennett
19 days ago

Rest easy Uncle Ron. Deepest condolences to all who knew him and loved him.

I wish I had gotten to know him better. I do remember a few things, he liked to cook I remember seeing him in the kitchen a lot. He gave me a wind up music box ballerina but I can’t remember if it was for my birthday or Christmas, I had that for decades until we lost our house.

The one memory that stands out most of all is when I was really young he taught me and a bunch of cousins how to make rock candy we thought he was cooler than Willy Wonka that day, even though none of us had the patience to let the candy form so we drank the syrup instead haha.

Last edited 19 days ago by Ashleigh Bennett
Jeannette Cooney
Jeannette Cooney
Reply to  Ashleigh Bennett
17 days ago

Thank you Ashleigh for sharing your memory… he was a ‘cool’ guy. Love xx

Jeannette Cooney
Jeannette Cooney
18 days ago

Ron was my wonderful, devoted husband for over 27 years. He was so gentle and kind, yet strong, and very protective. He loved to tease me and make me laugh. He was my rock, his loss is devastating to me. I feel that a part of me is missing that could never be replaced. May you rest in the Father’s arms until the resurrection my love… Yah willing we will meet again.

Neil
Neil
17 days ago

Uncle Ron what can i say….you were a gentleman a lovely kind soul. I remember mtg you for the 1st when we came over to get married in 1998 and welcomed us with open arms and love and kindness. I am so glad you were there to share our wedding day and being my wing man and making me feel like i’d known you forever and taking us over to Vancouver island and even daring yourself to cross the capilano suspension bridge totally eyes forward and terrified on what you are doing much to our humour.!!!!! but as always you just got on with it. You and Jeannette we always destined to be so totally at ease and in love and faced the challenges of life together stronger by each other’s side. I also remember coming to white lake near salmon arm for our second visit in 2000 and you asked me to throw your eve meal in the oven to keep warm which i dually did as it ended up being thrown in when i caught the oven door and your meal all over the oven floor.But most of all i wished we could have visited more as it was truly a pleasure to be in yours and jeannette’s company. Sleep well uncle Ron.xxx

Jeannette Cooney
Jeannette Cooney
Reply to  Neil
17 days ago

Thank you so much Neil. Ron loved you guys, and was so thrilled to be a part of your wedding. Yes he was acrophobic, but he conquered it (kinda) that day 😊. I love that you shared your fond memories of him, and recognized that he was a kind soul, with a great sense of fun, and genuine warmth of spirit.

Mark Tromans
Mark Tromans
17 days ago

He was just the right person for me to meet in my life, and the best partner i have ever witnessed with my mother. What an amazing person, i believe he is still being the loving soul he has always been.

Jeannette Cooney
Jeannette Cooney
Reply to  Mark Tromans
17 days ago

Thank you sweetheart, he loved you dearly, you were the true son he never had.

lesley earl
lesley earl
17 days ago

Thank you for sharing this snapshot of Ron’s life after Kingston. I am so sorry for your loss but delighted at the Life you both created here in BC. Thank you for loving him Jennette 🙂

Jeannette Cooney
Jeannette Cooney
Reply to  lesley earl
17 days ago

Thank you For your kind words Lesley. He will be greatly missed

Margaret & Dick Blades
Margaret & Dick Blades
16 days ago

Dear Jeannette,
We were shocked and saddened to hear of Ron’s passing. We so enjoyed the times we spent together at the farm and later in Steveston. Ron was a kindly soul, a wonderful cook and a great story teller. Will always remember the fabulous weekend at Rivendell on Bowen Island when you and Ron cooked a wonderful turkey dinner for our church. Love you Jeannette and hope you will keep in touch.
Our prayers and condolences,
Margaret & Dick

Jeannette Cooney
Jeannette Cooney
Reply to  Margaret & Dick Blades
16 days ago

Thank you so much for your kind words, and your prayers. We have so many fond memories of our time with you guys. That week end at Rivendell was indeed a very special time. Ron has left a big hole in my heart 💔

Fran
Fran
12 days ago

Tears come when I think of all the years you have been a part of my life – a big brother in so many ways; tears come when I think of the emptiness that your departure leaves in the hearts of so many; tears come when I think I will not be able to call and hear your voice and spend hours talking with you about life, the world around us and the days ahead for us; tears come when I think of the joy you are experiencing right now in the arms of Jesus. Uncle Ron – I know that someday we will meet again. And I know that you are resting in peace in the One who you have followed faithfully. Dearest Jeannette- tears come for you as you move forward and prayers to the Father who has you in the palm of His hand.

Jeannette
Jeannette
Reply to  Fran
12 days ago

Thank you Fran …. He really was a special kind of person, and he had a positive impact on so many peoples lives…. I cannot imagine how anyone can get over the loss I’m feeling now.

Fran
Fran
Reply to  Jeannette
12 days ago

much love to you/prayers for comfort, peace and rest. take care of yourself and please keep in touch

Audrey
Audrey
11 days ago

The world lost a beautiful soul. I know he will be missed by many.

Ron was always such great company and all around a cool guy, or the “yeah, man” guy. It was wonderful to see his chosen family come together today and share stories about the blessing we all have to of had him in our lives.

How many funeral directors does it take to put on a one of a kind event for such a special guy?… 8, give or take a few. That just goes to show you how loved he was.

Jeannette Cooney
Jeannette Cooney
Reply to  Audrey
10 days ago

What lovely sentiments Audrey…. Thank you so much for sharing.. that was funny re the funeral directors, I think there were actually 7 (a perfect number) which was very fitting… 👍

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