It is with great sadness, but gratitude for his long life, that the family of Ronald John James
Fothergill announces his passing at Freeport Hospital on Saturday, February 11th; he was 96.
Ron was a devoted and loving husband and is survived by his wife, Barbara (nee Hughes), to
whom he was married for 71 years.
Born in the Eastern Townships of Quebec in 1927, it was there that Ron and Barbara met and
fell in love. They were married shortly after in Greenfield Park, Quebec. A pure gentleman at
heart, Ron was always doting on “Barbie.” Fixing her tea or coffee, helping her with her jacket or
making her laugh with his gentle, teasing nature. They were often seen holding hands and
sharing sentiments of affection towards each other. It was a love to truly admire.
In his “younger days” as Ron affectionately called them, he loved to ice skate in the winter
months and was an enthusiastic gardener during summer, always maintaining a plot at the local
community garden. Ron spent much of his free time on the golf course and during hockey
season, his evenings were spent cheering for the Montreal Canadiens. He loved to entertain his
family with stories of life on the farm and his time as a Boy Scout. He loved to read and walked
every day, well into his 90’s. Ron was always singing or humming a tune. He will be fondly
remembered by the soft sound of his voice as he cooked or cleaned, or just entertained the
family with his love of music and song. He was a cheerful man with a tremendous sense of
humor, always teasing and playing little jokes on his loved ones.
Ron was an exceptional man with family at his center. He will be deeply missed and lovingly
remembered by his children, Linda Schlingmann (Herb) of Cambridge, Dave Fothergill (Karen)
of Ottawa, Diane Fothergill (Frank) of Quebec and James Fothergill of Cambridge. He is
predeceased by his daughters Patricia Fothergill (d. 1954 ) and Nancy Darby (d. 2003). He was
the very best “Poppy” to his Grandchildren, Tara, Breana (Jake), Michelle, Jenna, Megan (Matt),
Alex and Sarah and his three Great Grandchildren, Sloan, Silas & Reid.
Ron will be dearly missed and the strength of his presence will leave a sense of emptiness in all
of our lives. But we will tell his stories, sing his songs and cherish his memories for the rest of
our lives. We will love you and miss you forever.
A private family celebration of life will be held at Ron’s request.