Ronald Draper March 13, 1939 - August 5, 2013 DRAPER, Ronald Edward, passed away peacefully on August 5, 2013 in Burnaby, BC surrounded by family. Ron was born in Toronto on March 13, 1939 and proudly served in the Canadian Army with the Royal Canadian Signals Corp for 22 years. He was a dispatcher with the Burnaby RCMP and By-law Enforcement Officer. Scouter Ron was a dedicated volunteer with Scouts Canada and served within the Burnaby Region for 20 years. Ron is survived by his wife of 49 years, Anna; son Richard Draper (Kristen) of Ottawa; daughter Michelle Meech (Roger) of Coquitlam; grandchildren Rion, Dylan and Jaden Draper and Madeleine and John Meech. Special thanks to the staff at George Derby Centre. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, August 10th, 2013 at 10 am at First Memorial, Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Rd., North Vancouver, BC. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the BC Cancer Foundation.
Added tribute from Ron's son Richard:
My father joined in 1955 as a signalman apprentice (the green monsters) and graduated as a Wireless and Line Operator on 6 Sep 57. Throughout his 21 years of service his postings included CFBs Kingston, Petawawa, CFS Ladner & Leitrim, UNEF, and Germany.
On retirement from the CF in 1976, he continued as a Communications Officer with the Prince George RCMP detachment, relocated to Burnaby and continued serving as a dispatcher with the New Westminster Police Service and Burnaby RCMP detachment. In 1992, he became a By-Law enforcement Officer with the RCMP Traffic Section, and eventually transitioned to the Corp of Commissionaires at RCMP Headquarters in Vancouver prior to suffering a stroke in 2010 which unfortunately ended his employment escapades. He spent his remaining days at the George Derby Retirement home for veterans.
Ron was an extremely dedicated Scout Leader and served as the District Commissioner for the Burnaby Region.