Warren Albert Ronquist’s wonderful life of nearly 87 years came to a close on July 13th surrounded by family and much love and most fittingly by the love of his life Kay, his wife of over 41 years at his side.
Warren, Big War, War or just Ronquist (his preferred moniker at BC Tel for 38 years) was a man for all seasons. He lived his life with resolve, focus and without a doubt, optimism. He taught his 5 children and 11 grandchildren through his words but more importantly, through his actions. His love of family was immense and how fitting that he was able to hug his great grandchildren, 4 and 2 years old, just days before his final departure. Warren’s impact was huge for everyone he ever encountered. The respect he garnered throughout his career, the friends he made, the lasting impressions he had on people have been made very evident in these last days and weeks as condolences have poured in for the man who always had a twinkle in his eye as he would correct a sometimes-stammering family member, with “just a simple yes or no”.
Warren’s love for the water, whether it be fishing at home in Nanoose or sailing the Mediterranean on Crystal Cruises was evident for all who knew him. War worked hard his entire life and although far from being pretentious, he didn’t settle for second best. Warren and Kay’s home, located in the heart of Nanoose Bay located on a bluff on the Strait of Georgia, was War’s forever home. It was his happy place that he shared with Kay for over a quarter of a century. In the early days fishing and boating at the cabin (1970-1994) and in later years sitting on the deck with a glass of red, (his love of good wine would become legendary) were the times that were Warren’s happiest, and he was blessed to live them every day until his passing.
War was successful, a voracious reader and a consistent solver of crossword puzzles. In his beloved shop he was a master craftsman supplying an unlimited output of beautiful masterful pieces for Kay and for his family. There was nothing he couldn’t fix. He knew no enemy, and those who were lucky enough to know him considered it a blessing to have had him in their lives.
He was an amazing son, a loving Dad and Grandfather and the best and most devoted husband to his beloved life partner and soul mate, Kay.
“Tight lines” War … Until we meet again.
Many thanks to Dr Brad Bell and the staff of Nanaimo Palliative Care for their compassion and care for Warren.
Warren is predeceased by his mother Hilda, his father Roy and his stepmother Betty.
He is survived by his wife Katherine, his children Doug (Lori) Ronquist, Lynn Ronquist (Gerry Hughes), Gord (Dini) Dahlen, Lena (Murray) Prier, and Kathy (Kevin) Blight. His grandchildren Carly Cox, (Sean) Greg Ronquist, Riley Ronquist (Kerri), Megan Moore (Brenden), Alexandra Prier (Daniel Siracusa), Leah Prier, Clayton Walters (Eva), Katelin Cheney (Colton), Cassidy Baras, Taylor Baras and Connor Dahlen. His great grandchildren Landon and Finley Moore.
For myself I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use to be anything else.”
– Winston S. Churchill
At Warren’s request, a private service for family will be held at a later date.