July 3, 1940 – September 17, 2023
Ronald Thomas Hartlen passed peacefully and on his own terms, surrounded by loved ones, on Sunday September 17, 2023 in Collingwood, ON at the age of 83.
Ron was known for his sharp mind, his intellectual curiosity, his sense of humour, and most of all his love and caring for those close to him. He will be deeply missed by his family, close friends and colleagues.
Born and raised in Bedford, Nova Scotia, Ron studied Mechanical Engineering at Dalhousie University and Technical University of Nova Scotia (TUNS) and obtained his PhD in Dynamics from the University of Toronto. It was while he was at U of T that Ron met Patricia Medd, who he married in 1965.
Following his studies, Ron joined the Research and Development team at Ontario Hydro, where he spent the majority of his career, while he and Pat raised their family in Toronto. After a successful career with Ontario Hydro, Ron took early retirement and launched a part time consulting business, using his world class technical knowledge to help clients around the globe, while also enjoying more time on the golf course, playing bridge with friends, walking his dogs and spending time by the lake. After spending their early retirement years in Enfield, Nova Scotia, Ron and Pat returned to Ontario in 2006 to be closer to their family, settling in Clarksburg. While in Clarksburg, Ron had a prominent presence in the local bridge community, was an active member of the Beaver Valley PROBUS Club, enjoyed singing with OSSIA, took a keen and analytical interest in municipal affairs and enjoyed years of skiing, kayaking, cycling and walking.
Ron is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia Hartlen (Medd), his daughter Rebecca and son Graeme, and his five grandchildren, Emily, Alex, Brody, Ryder and Chase.
Ron was most grateful to the dedicated medical team that oversaw his recent care, including Dr. Derek Nay and Dr. Juku Kamra at the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Program at RVH in Barrie, Ontario, Dr. Ray Bouchard, and the wonderful staff and volunteers at the Campbell House Hospice in Collingwood, ON.
A celebration of Ron’s life will take place in the Town of Blue Mountains later this fall.
As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Hospice Georgian Triangle would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted. www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca
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