Passing Of Ronald Maurice Atwell

ATWELL, Ronald Maurice - 84, Lequille, passed away Thursday, December 15, 2005, at home with his family. Born on April 28, 1921 in Wolfville, he was a son of the late John Roy and Grace Lillian (Atkinson) Atwell. The family moved to Montreal when Ron was at a very young age and lived there until age 13 when the family bought a farm and moved to the Kingston Peninsula, N.B. At age 16, Ron left home and settled in Annapolis Royal and worked in the Capitol Theatre (Kings) as a projectionist in 1937. In 1940, he joined the Army and served for two and a half years on McNab's Island operating Search Lights. During these years, Ron also attended the Nova Scotia Technical College and the Army Trade School for six months in Hamilton, Ont. He was then transferred to the 23rd Field Artillery stationed in Sussex, N.B. and in two weeks was shipped overseas on the Queen Elizabeth. He spent eight months in Eastborne on the coast of the English Channel, then over to France a few weeks after "D" Day. He served in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. After his discharge, Ron returned to Annapolis Royal and again attended Nova Scotia Technical College studying Electrical Maintenance. Upon completion he joined the firm of Eaton & Dondale in Annapolis Royal and Digby and later worked for Rippy's Electrical in Annapolis Royal. Mr. Rippy was then Town Engineer so the work involved house wiring, town water and sewage, line work and power house operator for the town owned electrical system. In 1948, Ron joined the Fire Department at HMCS Cornwallis where he worked for 33 years until his retirement. The last 17 years Ron was the Fire Chief at CFB Cornwallis at which time he attended many courses pertaining to fire service. He was also a member of the Maritime Fire Chiefs Association, the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, and the Senior Fire Officers Association. Ron was a member of the Port Royal Branch No. 21 Royal Canadian Legion where he was on, or chaired, several committees including Poppy Committee. He served as president for a term, was Honourary President and was a life member. After his retirement Ron and his son, John, bought and operated a small store called "Nova Scotia Handcrafts", for eight years during the summer months in Upper Clements. Ron was active in sports such as golf, hockey, softball, darts and bowling. Ron was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Ron is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Phyllis L. (Hatt); sons, David Ronald (Sharon) Atwell, Etobicoke, Ont.; John Raymond Atwell, Dartmouth; daughters, Judith Lark (Eddy) Burrell, Waldec; Belinda Susan Atwell, at home; grandchildren, Quinton (Laurie) Burrell, Melyssa (Doug) Vantassell, Jason Atwell, Kari Atwell and Curtis Veinot; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Alan (Lillian), Waldec; Ken (Marie), Middleton; sister, Joan (Royce) Graves, Riverview, N.B. He was predeceased by brother, Gordon. Visitation will be held 7-9 p.m. on Monday, December 19, and a Royal Canadian Legion service will be held at 7 p.m., with funeral service at 2 p.m. Tuesday, all in Kaulbach Family Funeral Home, Annapolis Royal with Rev. Mark Baker officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. E-mail condolences may be sent to: