Ronald Henry Waller

Ronald Henry Waller


It is with great sadness that

we announce the passing of Ronald (Ron) Waller on

Saturday, August 31, 2013. Ron was born in Prince

Albert, Saskatchewan on

September 22, 1943 to Flora and Harry Waller. During his early years he lived in

Nanaimo, Midway and

Fruitvale before his parents

settled in Robson, BC.

He attended school in Trail where he graduated in 1962.

In 1965 he married Wendy Wright and they moved to

Vancouver where Ron continued his studies at UBC

and received his Pharmacy degree in 1968 and his

Masters in Community in 1972. Upon moving to Kelowna

in 1969, Ron began working at Gant’s Pharmacy in the

Underhill Clinic. In 1973 he bought the store and invited Fred Behrner to join him as a full partner. They changed

the name to Lakeside Clinical Pharmacy which it is still called to this day. Over his career Ron was a strong

advocate for the profession of Pharmacy and his patients.

In addition to working with government to improve

healthcare at the pharmacy level, Ron was very active

with the B.C. College of Pharmacists, serving as President in 1990-1991. He was recognized for many of his

professional accomplishments and in 1997 was the

recipient of the prestigious Bowl of Hygeia award in

Philadelphia. Ron retired from pharmacy in 2001

leaving the business in the capable hands of his son

Chris and his partner Greg Andreen.

In addition to a full and active professional career,

Ron shared much of his time and love of sport within

the community. Active in minor hockey he spent many years dedicated to sharing his love of the game with Kelowna’s youth. Coaching at some level as many as

5 teams at once. Countless men were touched by his

humor and mentorship. Being a member of the Kinsmen Club and later the K40 further demonstrated Ron’s

commitment to the community. In retirement, Ron’s

love of sport and connectedness continued with an active lifestyle as his loves of family, golf, fishing, camping,

skiing and curling. Throughout his life, Ron had a profound love of family. Ron married his high school sweetheart, Wendy Wright in1965 in Trail, BC. With his life partner,

he built a large family of five children that was based on

love and taught all who were close to him the importance

of the values he held so dear. Ron is survived by his wife Wendy, his children Michael (Lynn), Donald (Karla),

Chris (Wendy), Darren (Marnie) and Heather and ten

beautiful grandchildren whom he loved dearly. Also

surviving him is his brother Lorne. He was predeceased

by his mother and father in 2006 and 2007.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Kelowna Golf

and Country Club, 1297 Glenmore Road, on

Friday, September 6th, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Heart & Stroke

Foundation, #4-1551 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna,

BC V1Y 9M9, Ron’s favorite charity.

The family of Ron wish to extend our sincerest thanks

to all of the professionals, R.C.M.P., paramedics and the kind citizen who showed devoted professionalism and

kindness during Saturday’s emergency. Condolences

may be sent to the Family by visiting

click on stories and type in his name.

Arrangements entrusted with

First Memorial Funeral Services

Kelowna. 250-762-2299

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