Obituary: Ron Mulchey – May 16, 2023

Ron Mulchey, beloved and loving husband, father, grandfather, and respected member of the community, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at the Southampton Hospital on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at the age of 85.

Ron was the greatly loved and loving husband to Heather (nee Spence), and much loved and adored father to Elizabeth (Jamie) Filman, and to Ian (Kimberley) Mulchey.  He was also the devoted and loved grandfather to Eric, Brady, and Bennett Mulchey. Ron is also deeply cherished by his sister, Carol Mulchey, his brother-in-law James (Kathie) Spence, and by many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by his parents, William and Rena Mulchey, sister Audrey Livernois and her husband Curt Davis, and by his sister Carol’s partner Bruce Burns.

Ron was also blessed with a large number of very close life-long friends in Southampton, Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver and in Hawaii, who will all remember his wit, down-to-earth nature and his smile that could light up a room.  He is in particular remembered by precious friends, Ken and Jane Harlock and their family who have shared a lifetime of treasured times together since the early days of University.

He leaves behind a legacy of love, compassion, and dedication that will be cherished by all who knew him. Ron touched the lives of many through his roles as a Presbyterian minister, hospital administrator, and as an active participant in a wide variety of community groups.

Born August 11, 1937 in Toronto, Ontario, Ron grew up with a strong sense of faith and a passion for serving others, which led him to pursue a career in ministry. After completing his theological studies, receiving his Master of Divinity from Knox College, Ron dedicated himself to spreading kindness and spiritual guidance as a minister.

During his theological education at Knox College, Ron met the love of his life. They built a strong and loving marriage, filled with support, laughter, and shared values. Ron and Heather were inseparable partners, always standing by each other’s side.

In addition to his family, Ron found fulfillment in his professional pursuits. After serving as a minister for many years, he completed a Diploma in Hospital Administration from the University of Toronto, and embarked on a new chapter in his career as a hospital administrator. Ron’s exceptional leadership skills and genuine compassion made a positive impact on the lives of patients and healthcare professionals. Upon his retirement from the healthcare industry, Ron’s true calling eventually led him back to the ministry, where he continued to touch lives with his wisdom, empathy, and spiritual guidance.

Ron’s commitment to his community extended beyond his professional roles. He worked tirelessly to improve the lives of those around them.  He had a great sense of integrity and was committed to serving and caring for the those in need.  He was involved in community in various capacities, including his church, Tolmie Memorial Presbyterian Church, as well as the Southampton Rotary Club, the Bluewater Association for Life Long Learning, and several local hospital boards.

Ron’s family is grateful to the Trillium Gift of Life Network and the donor family who’s gift  made it possible for Ron to enjoy an additional 20 years of a rich life post-transplant that included the birth of three grandchildren and the opportunity to officiate and witness his daughter’s marriage.  The family is also grateful for the compassionate care that Ron received at Saugeen Memorial Hospital.

Ron will be deeply missed by his loving family, friends, and all those who had the privilege of knowing him. His memory will be cherished and his legacy of kindness and service will live on through the countless lives he touched.

Ron’s departure leaves a void in our hearts, but his spirit will continue to guide and inspire us. May he rest in eternal peace, knowing that his impact on this world will forever be remembered and cherished.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to one of Ron’s favourite charities including the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation or Presbyterian World Service & Development.

A Memorial service to Celebrate the Life of Ron Mulchey will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 1pm at the Tolmie Memorial Presbyterian Church, 699 Goderich St., Port Elgin. A time of fellowship and refreshment will follow at the Saugeen Golf Club.