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In Loving Memory of Ronnie Comeau
1951 – 2024
It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather after a courageous and brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer. Ronnie passed away peacefully in the comfort of his own home surrounded by his family.
Ronnie was born on November 4, 1951, to the late Romeo and Bertha Comeau, and being from Loggieville, it was obvious that he would grow up playing and go on to love the game of softball.
Right out of the dugout, and as the 5th of 6 siblings, there was always lots of opportunities for play and adventure! Dad spent his younger years playing football, softball, horseshoes, and hockey. His teammates were his brothers and local friends. Dad had a special relationship with his older brother Roger. Growing up, Dad was Roger’s right-hand man and helped collaborate and build the cabin, a nine hole golf course and a baseball field in their childhood backyard. They would be neighbors, friends, and collaborators for life.
As Dad stepped into the batter’s box, he knew to wait on his pitch. Dad waited for his perfect pitch and found her. Mom and Dad were married in 1974 and were married for 49 years. Mom was his true love, lifelong partner, and together they were the perfect pair. Softball is a team sport and together they built a winning team, by raising a family and becoming grandparents.
While at bat, Dad hit many singles. After graduating from Harkins High School in 1969, he went on to Bathurst to earn a trade in Refrigeration. After working in Saint John for Irving for a short time, he then went on to Moncton Tech in 1973 to study pre-tech. In 1974, Dad started working at CFB Chatham and worked there for 21 years up until the base closed. Dad then became part of the commissioning team formed for the new Miramichi Regional Hospital where he worked for 17 years until he retired in 2012. Dad was a hard worker with a very strong work ethic, and he so enjoyed the guys from the base shop and the hospital maintenance department crew.
A lifelong Loggieviller, Dad was happiest being at home or like in softball, playing at second base. He built the family home and remodeled it over the years adding a sunroom which was where you could often find him enjoying the sun (and taking a nap) with his faithful furry friend, Gus. Throughout the years, he continued to play softball, played horseshoes, and enjoyed playing men’s league hockey. Dad was a youth softball coach and a volunteer and member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. He was often in his workshop, garage, or yard with a project on the go. One of his favorite things to do was to watch his team, the Montreal Canadiens and go for daily walks with Mom and Gus.
As he was rounding third and heading for home, Dad became Popsy, one of the greatest and most cherished roles of his life. Popsy never wasted a moment creating memories for his grandchildren. All of the grandkids learned to swim in the pool. He invented a special game called A and B ball which he and the kids would play for hours on the driveway. Together they played many wiffle ball games, went golfing and mini golfing, and spent many fun hours dancing in the living room to his favorite songs. Popsy went to all but one of the St. Andrew’s monthly skating mornings. Card games were a big part of their time spent together. He proudly attended many soccer, volleyball, hockey, ringette, basketball and baseball games all over New Brunswick and Maine.
The goal of any softball game is to get home. Well Dad, you battled hard and made it home, to your final resting place. Just like in the game of softball, you win some and you lose some and that’s just the way the game goes. You hit a home run in life and left all of us cheering on the field or in the stands wishing we had more games with you.
Ronnie is survived by Karen (Savoy), his wife of 49 years; two daughters, Lana (Greg) Cassidy and Vicki (Cory) Wishart; one son, Jamie; and his grandchildren: Ben, Will and Campbell Cassidy and Luke and Abby Wishart. He is also survived by his brother, Roger (the late Margie) Comeau; and his sister, Georgette (the late Nate) Hall. He was predeceased by his two brothers: Denis Comeau and Leon (Nancy) Comeau; and his sister, Janine (the late Wayne) Olsen.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, February 10th at 11:00 am at St. Michael’s Basilica, 10 Howard St., Miramichi, with The Reverend Father Dan Bastarache as Celebrant. Music for the service was provided by Mike Davis. The entrance hymn was "Here I Am Lord", followed by "Be Not Afraid", "Amazing Grace", "Hallelujah", "Songs of the Angels", with the recessional being "On Eagles Wings". The Eulogy was by son, Jamie. The First Scripture Reading was by Amy Nowlan, and the Second Scripture Reading was by Amanda Comeau. Prayers of the Faithful were proclaimed by Kim MacDonald. The Active Pallbearers were: Jamie Comeau, Greg Cassidy, Cory Wishart, Ben Cassidy, Will Cassidy, Campbell Cassidy, Luke Wishart, Scott Comeau, and Josh Comeau. The Honorary Pallbearers were: Perry Comeau, Percy Comeau, Danny McCormack, Lawrence Kingston, Blair LeBreton, Clarence Comeau, Norm Perry, Kevin McCormack, Bob Saunders, Jimmy Flanagan, Teddy Quann, Wayne MacDonald, Blaine Lynch, Ray Hachey, Danny Dinan, Peter Campbell, Kevin Hannah, David Robichaud, Stan Muir, Jared Moran, John Glidden, Bill Nowlan, Billy Gallant, Mark Hall, Deney Olsen, and James Craig. A reception hosted by the family followed at the Loggieville Recreation Center as the family would love to spend time with you remembering our dear husband, father and Popsy.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the St. Andrew’s Cemetery Fund or the Oncology Clinic at the Miramichi Regional Hospital would be greatly appreciated.
Arrangements were entrusted to Adams Funeral Home Ltd., 140 King St., Miramichi, NB; telephone (506) 773-3492. Additionally, messages of condolence may be shared online at www.adamsfh.ca
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