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Remembering Ron Catling, the woodworker.

Everett Barrons and Ronald Catling

Everett Barrons and Ronald Catling

Timothy Cowan writes:

This is  a picture of my Grandfather,  Ron Catling on the right. This picture was taken at the Marmora Senior school where he taught a woodworking class at night for adults

Ronald Frederick Catling was born in Suffolk England in 1919. As a young teenage boy,  he completed an apprenticeship in carpentry. He was enlisted into the British Army at the age of 18 and entered service to his Country at the start of the Second World War. He was at Dunkirk Beach and was rescued. Upon returning to England he was then posted to duty in Northern Ireland,  where he met his lifelong wife Margaret Ellen Watt.  

He and Margaret made their home in Northern Ireland after the War and went on to have to two children Shirley and Russell.  Unfortunately, Russell was killed in a car accident at the young age of 20. Shortly after the death of his son, Ron and his wife Margaret emigrated to Canada in 1975. Ron was 55 years of age when he took on the great move across the pond. They settled and made their home in Marmora.  Ron served his surrounding community with his carpentry skills. Ron and his wife Margaret have now both passed on and are buried side by side in Zion Church Cemetery north of Marmora on the Centerline Road. (Ron was 91 at the time of his death.)  They are survived by a daughter,  four grandchildren, Nine great-grandchildren and one great, great-grandchild,  all of whom live in Canada.