It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Ron Skaritko, age 84 of Matlock, at the Gimli Community Health Centre, on January 4, 2021 with family by his side. Ron suffered from Alzheimer's for the last 4 years. It's a terrible, unforgiving disease that affects everyone beyond belief.
Ron is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty Ann, and their children Wayne and Judy Skaritko, Sheryl and Bill Woloskoski and grandchildren Dana (Chad), Shaylie, Cheyenne and Chad.
Ron was sadly predeceased by his favourite grandson Hunter and best dog ever - Deedee, parents Stella and Steve, sister and brother-in-law Ann and Don Murdoch, aunt and uncle Chimchak, cousins Molvina and Anne Maskell, close friends Dorothy Davidson, David Bobrowich, Morris Zacharkiw, and brothers-in-law, Frank, Charlie and Victor Rogoski and sisters-in-law Helen and Kay Rogoski.
Ron will be dearly remembered by his brother Orie and Darlene Shkawritko, his nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and close friends; Myrna Bobrowich, Bill Davidson, Charlie and Donna Zelenitsky, Don and Irene McKague, Susan and Bernie Gulenchyn and the many friends he made at work and in the community.
Ron was born February 7, 1936 in Miriampol, Poland and arrived in Canada June 1939. He was raised in Winnipeg Beach, lived briefly in Winnipeg and upon marriage moved to Matlock in 1963 where he remained and raised his family. Ron always joked the reason he didn't like swimming was because of the days he spent on the ocean to get to Canada. Ron had a great sense of humour.
Ron became a journeyman plumber in 1966. After working with a few companies he accepted a position in 1972 at the Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans in Winnipeg which also took him to Kenora, Yellowknife, and South Indian Lake. Ron received many achievement awards during his 25 years at Fisheries.
After retiring in 1995, Ron's Plumbing was started in Matlock. Ron had a great reputation to be fair and honest with hundreds of his customers - serving them at the lake for many years. In 2012 for health reasons he was forced to retire. Ron took pride in being a plumber. He was a perfectionist in his trade. Ron was a lifetime member at Matlock Recreational Club and President for 14 years.
Ron was a loving husband - a great Dad - and an even better Gigi. He taught his grandchildren how to drive - cars, ski-doo's, quads - in the back trail. There never was a birthday without balloons outside or a huge pile of leaves to jump in at Thanksgiving. He loved his family - he loved life. Ron liked playing pranks on anyone visiting. And you would always hear him say "can I get you a drink?" barbequing, playing cards, bonfires, pool parties with the grandkids and entertaining friends were always fun times - everyone was always welcome. Ron enjoyed camping trips and fishing with the family.
A special thank you to the Doctors and Nurses at the Gimli Community Health Centre for their care of Ron and their compassion during this difficult time.
Cremation has taken place and burial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
Holy Rosary Cemetery
Winnipeg Beach ROC 3GO
Alzheimer's Society Manitoba
384 Eveline Street
Selkirk, MB RIA IN3
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