Ronald Albert


Passed Away: December 26th, 2020

Ronald Albert LaGrange was born September 04, 1940 in New Westminster, BC to Albert and Theresa LaGrange and was the eldest of five children. His childhood home was filled with deep faith, music and the love of a large extended family.

In 1958, Ron enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force and began what would become a 33-year life of service to his country. In 1961, while posted in Gimli, Manitoba, Ron met the love of his life, Gail Sveinsson, on a blind date. He told his friend that night, “That’s the girl I’m going to marry” and so he did, after a brief delay caused by the Cuban Missile Crisis necessitating an emergency posting to Germany.

In May 1963, he flew back to Canada, married Gail and whisked her away for four years to Germany where the first two of their five children were born. They returned to Canada in 1966 and added another son to the family in 1967, and sadly lost another, Joseph, in 1969. In 1970, Ron became an original member of the ground crew of The Snowbirds, the aerobatic flying team. In fact, he designed the smoke system used in ‘sky-writing’ that is still in use today.

In 1973, he accepted a commission from the ranks and was posted to Ontario, later followed by Cold Lake, Alberta, where a daughter was added to his family. He was posted to Comox, BC and then to Winnipeg, Manitoba where he retired after the Gulf War as a Lt.-Colonel.

Ron had a very happy retirement in Tappen, BC where he was chiefly occupied by never-ending renovations. He loved to design and build and was meticulous in his handiwork. He and Gail loved to travel, particularly by car, and drove across Canada several times.

Having a son and his family in Prague, they also flew to Europe many times to watch their grandchildren grow and to sample the excellent Czech beer. They also made a trip to Gail’s ancestral homeland, Iceland, to meet extended family and take in the magnificent landscapes.

Ron was predeceased by his father, Albert, his son, Joseph and his grand-daughter, Renee. Since Ron’s passing, his mother Theresa died March 2021. Left to mourn his passing are his loving wife of 57 years, Gail, his children: Michelle (Steve) Holmes, Allan (Stepanka) LaGrange, Richard (Wendy) LaGrange and Heather (Fred) Squires and his grandchildren: Shayna, Isaac, Jacob, Kristian, Vanessa, Alyssa, Julianna, Allan and Laura. Also deeply feeling his loss are his siblings: Fr. George LaGrange, omi, Lorraine (Maurice) Hurtubise, Dianne (Bert) LeChasseur and Mark (Lola) LaGrange, along with many nieces and nephews.

Like his father before him, Ron was an honourable man. He was honest, hard-working and loyal. He loved his family with all that was in him, and he will be profoundly missed.

As Ron’s mother, Theresa LaGrange, passed away a brief ten weeks after him, a Memorial Mass will be held for them both on Saturday, September 25 at 11:30 am at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 315 Walker St, Coquitlam. If you wish to join us virtually, email to: for information.

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Cyril McFate
Cyril McFate
2 years ago

Friends are special but special friends are awesome and live with us forever.
Ron and I (Cyril McFate) connected on our first meeting and have remained friends ever since.
Ron was a very special friend for me and the was solidified by our very similar activities and accomplishments while in the Air Force.
We both started out in the ranks, then commishened to the Aerospace occupation and retired at the rank of Lt. Colonel.
Plus we both joined the Air Force in 1958.
Ron, without question, was one of the most talented and trusted officers in our time. During an inspection of his unit in BC I had the opportunity to connect with his staff and found only pride and dedication from all when there boss’s name was mentioned.
That was proof positive of Rons exceptional dedication to his team.
Ro and Gail visited my family in NB after retirement and Ron was the talk of the town for his great personality and ability to keep the attention of all with his whit and since of humor.
To this day those who met him during that one visit remember him.
Jackie and I will never forget our dear friend Ron Lagrange and his wonderful wife Gail.
“In our hearts and minds forever”

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