In Memory of




Obituary for Ronald Ross Ellis

ELLIS, Ronald (Ron) Ross, March 3, 1928 to February 21, 2024

Our family likes to imagine that as Dad, Ron Ellis, closed his eyes for the last time on this earth in the early morning hours at Cambridge’s Hilltop Manor, that he opened them as he wished to the warm embrace of his parents Lena (Terryberry) and John (Jack) and our brother Paul (2022). Ron was 10 days short of his 96th birthday. We are so thankful for the excellent care given to him by the staff of Hilltop Manor.

Left loving and missing him are his wife Gayle (Harrison) of Cambridge, brother Ken of Colborne, children Jacquelynn Moody (Jamie) of Port Dalhousie, Leanne and David, both of Cambridge; grandchildren Justin, Alex, Ian, Mitchell and Leah, great-grandchildren, and nieces Judy, Darlene and Carolyn.

Ron was born and raised in Hamilton and lived mostly in Westdale on Dromore Crescent, and Aldershot. He was a proud air cadet, hitch-hiked plane rides at airfields across North America in wartime (too young to serve), a gifted musician who tickled the ivories daily, a nature and car lover, and a family man.

A long career in journalism included working as a radio reporter at CKOC Hamilton and CFCF Montreal, in documentary film production, in TV as the second-ever news director at CHCH-TV Hamilton, and the balance of his career as a news editor at The Hamilton Spectator. Since 1967, he balanced his career with being a part-time “gentleman farmer” on 90 acres just outside of Sheffield.

He was a wonderful friend to many dating back to his childhood, and all his life welcomed new friends of all stripes and ages. He was like a second father to many young people.

We know we will always find him in the dictionary under “class” and “integrity”. “Rockin’ Ronnie”, you and your twinkling brown eyes will be remembered and missed, forever. Thank you for everything.

A celebration of life will take place in the Spring, on Sunday, May 26, 2024 between 1PM and 4 PM with remarks at 2 PM. It will be held at the Sheffield Community Centre, 2339 Concession 5 West, Sheffield.

In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Cambridge Humane Society or Salvation Army would be greatly appreciated by the family.