Ron Poissant

Ronald Joseph Poissant, 78, passed away peacefully at home with family by his side on June 13th, 2021 in Chatham, Ontario.  Ron will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 56 years, Ria (Maarhuis).  

Ron was the proud father of Sandy (Shawn) Comiskey, Michelle (Thomas) McGowan and Rob (Kristi) Poissant.  Pepe will be missed greatly by his eight grandchildren, Erin, Olivia and Jonathan Comiskey; Thomas, Kevin and Matthew McGowan; and Jack and Maggie Poissant.  

Survived by his brother Raymond (Gail) Poissant, sister in-law Margaret Ondrovcik, brother in-law Francis (Shirley) Cadotte, close family friend Leo (Linda) Faubert, brother in-law Pete (Sharon) Maarhuis, and sister in-law Sandy Maarhuis. Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his parents Ernest and Isabella (Antaya) Poissant, sister Rita Anne Cadotte, sister in-law Ruth Ann Poissant, brother in-law David Ondrovcik, and brother in-law Dick Maarhuis.

Ron worked the majority of his life as a major appliance service technician and in his later years kept busy managing an auto parts delivery service.  He enjoyed every moment with his grandchildren, and especially loved camping and fishing with them.  Ron cherished his time in Florida at Traveller’s Rest Resort in the winter and at Lakewood Christian Campground in the summer.  He made many good friends and was always up for playing cards, bocce ball, going out for dinner, or helping a friend in need. 

Ron dedicated many years of his life volunteering at the Westover Treatment Centre.  He was very passionate about helping people and giving back to his community. 

Many thanks to all the London and Chatham health care professionals involved in Ron’s care, especially nurse Monica for her kind and loving support. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cancer Society would be appreciated.

Cremation has taken place. A funeral service will be announced at a later date.

56 Comments on “Ron Poissant”

  1. Our deepest sympathy to Ron’s family. I will miss his smile and warm greetings at MacDonald in the morning for coffee. God bless.

  2. Always looked forward to see Ron and his smile! He was so positive and encouraging! Deepest sympathies to you Ria, and your family!

  3. To Ria & Family,
    Words cannot express how broken our hearts are for you all. We will cherish all the wonderful memories and that over the years you continued to share you entire Family with us. Coming into Leo’s life when Life wasn’t fair as a young man, Ron & Ray became the Brothers to Leo that God brought his way. Rita always keeping things in order… Life changed and the Poissant Family grew, the Family always included us and extended our cherished titles Aunt Linda & Uncle Leo. Our son Steve loved all the cousins he inherited. In these times when Families grow in different directions; the Love in the Poissant Family is endless and we thank you all for sharing so many wonderful memories with us.

  4. Ria we were sorry to hear about Ron’s passing. He was always such an upbeat person. I will miss him at Bocce Ball ! Please extend our condolences to your family .
    Sandy and Bruce Pemberton

  5. Our deepest sympathy to you and family.
    Ron was always part of our family for over 60 years.
    It was nice to meet up at coffee many mornings at McD’s.
    Our prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
    Pete &Cam

  6. Ria and family. Just heard the news. My heart breaks for you all. Ron had such a warm, happy presence…and he truly adored Ria and his kids. Warmest sympathies sent your way. Hugs ❤️ Marnie Ball

  7. Ria and Family. So sad to hear of Ron’s passing. Ron was always a very happy and pleasant gentleman, who truly adored Ria and his family. Sending my sincere condolences to you all. Marnie Ball

  8. Dear Ria and family ! So sad to hear about Ron’s passing ; it was a shock as we didn’t know he had been sick. We have many fond memories of him and he will be missed ! You and your family are in our prayers…

  9. Dear Ria and Family,
    We are very sorry to hear about Ron’s passing. You will miss him for sure.
    Jeannie & Grover

  10. Dear Ria and family. I am so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. Thinking of you and your family and sending my sincere condolences. Cherish the memories. Hugs to you all.

  11. Rita and family, Ron was a thoughtful caring man and always eager to help other and will be missed, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  12. Ria and family so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. He always had a smile and hug, his friendship will be kept alive in our heart and memories will live on forever. Love Cathy and B0b

  13. My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you, Ria at this sad time. Michele (Brown) Garraway

  14. Ria and family, so sorry for your loss. Ron was such a nice and caring person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless

  15. Ria & family. So sorry to read of Ron’s passing. He was such a joy to talk with at our CVS Alumni Luncheons. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

  16. We are so sad to hear that Ron has passed. Miss our little chats over the fence! He always talked about his Florida home as well as his summer home at the lake. To Rita and your family we express our deepest condolences. May his memories fill your hearts with love and give you peace.

  17. Sincere condolences to Ria, Ron’s family & friends. Am a recipient of Ron’s generosity as he repaired some appliances for me some years ago even after his retirement. R.I.P.
    Clarke & Suzanne Warner

  18. Rita & Family – We would like to express our condolence to each of you, on the passing of Ron. Nice man, very well liked with always a kind word to say. Thinking of you at this time.

  19. Pat and I were so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. He will be greatly missed by all of the people who’s lives he touched. Ours for sure. The whole Poissant family ALWAYS made us feel welcomed and part of your family. Ron was a tremendous source of help and inspiration going back many years when ago when I first started in the program. He was one of the best and will be greatly missed by all of us. Our thought and prayers are with all of you.

  20. My thoughts and prayers to the whole family. Ron was a wonderful gentle soul who will be greatly missed!

  21. Ria, Ray, Gail and families. Ron and I go back a lot of years when I sold appliances and could always count on Ron to fix any problems that came up. Great guy. friend.

  22. Ria and Family,
    Ron will certainly be missed at our luncheons and gatherings of our CVS Alumni and friends group. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult, sad time.
    From all of your CVS Alumni and Friends

  23. Ria, Ray,and family, My condolences.We will miss him especially morning coffee
    at MacDonalds with the guys.Ron was always friendly,outgoing, humourous,and fun
    to be around. He spent many hours volunteering and helping others.May he Rest In Peace.

  24. I am so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. It has been 35 years since I stopped working with you. I never forgot the friendship you both gave me when I needed it. You were both my angels. Now Ron is truly with the angels. All my love to your whole family.

  25. Ria and Family
    Duncan and I were deeply saddened to hear of Ron’s passing. We will keep you and your family in our hearts, thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
    Toyce and Duncan Smith

  26. Ria and Family,
    We are so very sorry to hear of Ron’s passing and will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Real and Donna Beaulieu

  27. So very sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. I have many happy memories of times spent with him and Ria many years ago. You were both great friends.
    Kathy (Gagner) O’Neill

  28. Our deepest condolences to the family. Cherish all your wonderful memories and may God bring comfort to you during this hard time. We are praying for strength to all who knew& loved him.

  29. Always a kind word and eager to greet you,no matter how long it had been since you had seen him. Marvin & I have fond memories of time spent with Ron.

    Marvin & Sandi Turner

  30. Dear Ria and family, my deepest sympathy for your loss of Ron. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    Annette Urban (Poissant)

  31. Dear Ria, Raymond and Families. We are so sorry to learn of the loss of your beloved Ron. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time and we hope your happy memories will help all of you.

    Ben and Becky Anne

  32. Rita and family, we are very sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. Ron was a gentle soul who was always there to give to others. May the memories of Ron give you comfort during this difficult time.

    Ray Stallaert & Pam Herbert

  33. We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Ria and family. We will miss seeing Ron at the friendship club in Merlin. He was always so friendly and enjoyed playing euchre. We look forward to seeing you Ria when the Center reopens.
    Sending hugs.
    Ruth and Harry Haddock

  34. Many memories of my childhood friendship w/ Rob at the Daleview home & the cottage….and his parents kindness – we spent some long summer hours there. Mr Poissant was always very giving and kind to us – he and Rob were always kidding back and forth.

    My sympathies to Rob and the family on his father’s passing.
    I always have fond memories of him.

  35. Rita and family; so sorry to learn about the passing of Ron, he always took the time to speak and always liked to talk about family. Forever in our hearts and in our prayers ……. Gone but never forgotten Alice (Peck) Shaw

  36. Dear Ria & Family,
    Our deepest condolences at Ron’s passing. Ilene and I have very fond memories of our mutual interests at conferences and round-ups. Ron is such an open person and a giving soul we will miss him for sure. Love Ilene and Frank.

  37. Our deepest condolences to the entire family during this difficult time.

    Melvin and Vicki Browning-Ladd

  38. Our deepest condolences to the entire family during this difficult time.

    Melvin and Vicki Browning-Ladd

  39. I wish to send my condolences to the Poissant Family. Ron was our serviceman at the store. We always had great conversation when we met. Just a great guy. I send my prayers Charlie McDonell

  40. My prayers are with you Ria and family. I’ve know Ron since grade 9 at Pius X and then Special Commercial CVS. Lost track for a while but reconnected through the CVS lunches and Blessed Sacrament card parties. Very special guy and he will be missed. So sorry.

  41. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Ron was a very caring and giving man who helped so many.
    He will be missed.
    Peggy Seaman

  42. Our deepest sympathy Ria to you and your family . Our thought and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Ron will live on in our hearts forever.

  43. Ria and Family
    My sincere condolences. Ron was an incredible person who always had a smile and a helping hand. He will be greatly missed.

  44. Ria Ray and families:
    So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. Richard and Phyllis send their thoughts and prayers to all. You are in our thoughts and prayers to all of you. May all your memories help you through this difficult time.

  45. Condolences to Ria, Ray and family.
    Knew Ron growing up on The River Road and also had him as a service repair man. Treasure the memories. Prayers are with you

  46. Our Thoughts and Prayers to the Family and Friends of Ron..We didn’t know Ron very well but We enjoyed Playing card with Him and His Lovely Wife at the Merlin Friendship Club for about a Year..RIP Ron

  47. My condolences to Ria and family.Will miss Ron’s sense of humor and our time we spent at McDonald’s having coffee.Rest in peace Ron.

  48. Judy Mitivier (Ken)
    so sorry for your loss i remember him well and always had great meetings {hugs & prayers}

  49. Our love & prayers to Ria and the family❤️ Les and I are heartbroken with Ron’s passing! We are Travelers Rest neighbors and best friends-there was never a more helpful, caring, thoughtful man than Ron! He would and did anything he could to help us and so many others. He exemplified Jesus command to “Love and care for your neighbor! Ron had a delightful sense of humor, and a deep faith in God! He and Ria were a “perfect match” for one another, and complemented each other in their wonderful marriage of 56 years. We miss you terribly, dear Friend! We can still hear your voice echoing the words from “Red Green”- “ If you can’t be handsome, you better be handy”! You were both “handsome and handy”, Ron- Rest In Peace❤️

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