Ronald Joseph Coulas
(February 13, 1944 – December 31, 2020)
Born in Barry’s Bay, Ron was the son of Andy and Anna Mary Coulas (deceased) and he is survived by his wife, Rita (nee Dombroskie) and three sons; Robert (Lori-Ann), Michael (Paula and children, Andrew, Maria and Matthew) and Jason (Jody and children Jett, Jamis and Jorja). He is also survived by his brother Dowdall “Doc” Coulas (daughter Tracey Coulas) and sister Rose Ann Jackson (Peggy Annand).
Ron worked for close to 30 years at Ontario Hydro where he started as an electrician and he ended his career as an instructor for the Nuclear Training Centre at Ajax/Pickering. Throughout his years working for Hydro, Ron and his family lived in Kincardine, Deep River and Oshawa and upon retirement, he and Rita settled back in their home town of Barry’s Bay. Ron was an avid hunter and fisherman; he truly enjoyed outdoor adventures during every season of the year. During the 1980s and 90s, Ron actively participated and seriously competed in many “Tug of War” battles throughout the Ottawa Valley and further onto Toronto’s CNE. He was a life-long member of the Oshawa Woodworking Club and had a passion for woodworking and machinery where he enjoyed crafting cabinets, bee hives and many projects. Ron was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Ron had been a resident at the Valley Manor in Barry’s Bay for just less than two years and it was there that he died peacefully with his family by his side. Rita and the family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff members of the Valley Manor for their unconditional and relentless efforts to keep Ron and all residents safe during this difficult time. A private wake and funeral mass will be held in honour of Ron’s life. Support for the family can be provided by sending donations to either the Valley Manor in Barry’s Bay or the St. Mary’s Parish Building & Renovation Fund in Wilno, Ontario.
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St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church Building Fund
17325 ON-60, Wilno, ON ON K0J 2N0
St Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation
7 St. Francis Memorial Drive, Barry's Bay ON K0J 1B0