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Ronald Roberts

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Ronald Roberts, 81, of Goodyear, Arizona, passed away peacefully on May 26, 2022. He was born September 19, 1940, in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada, to William Roberts and Maud Anderson Roberts.

Ron lived an amazing life full of laughs, adventures, and memories that will last a lifetime. Ron spent his childhood years in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada, and has visited his hometown almost every summer since. In 1957, Ron and his family permanently moved to Arizona.

Knowing Ron was unforgettable and unlike any other interpersonal interaction. He had a unique way of carrying himself, which spread life through any room he stepped into. He was larger than life and is known never to go unheard. Ron was very outgoing, and he found enjoyment in going out and making new friends wherever he went. His ability to connect with any single person makes him memorable in the eyes of many. He would often be found, and most thought of, telling stories, describing the countless memories that he was a part of. Ron will forever be known for his lively sense of humor. If you were in a room with Ron, you were sure to be shedding tears from laughing so hard. He was proud of his work in the construction industry. Ron helped build some of the Phoenix Zoo enclosures and even created a pool for James Pierce, the first actor to play Tarzan. But construction wasn’t his only work; he also built and sold mobile homes and parks, and owned the Raven Inn bar. Ron’s adventures took him across the world throughout his life, including memorable visits to Australia, Europe, Greece, Fiji, Mexico, and all over North America. A lover of motorcycles, boats, cars (especially Rolls Royce’s), and motorhomes, Ron raced on one of the first Harley Davidson flat tracks. Ron was an avid fisherman and was happiest when he was out boating on the water, specifically at Queen Charlotte Lodge. A couple of his favorite hobbies included racing boats and playing tennis at John Gardiner’s Tennis Ranch. Ron was also a collector of pretty much everything, from tools to trailers to European swords. He had a menagerie of pets that included birds, dogs, a goose, and rabbits (but definitely not snakes).

Ron’s proudest achievement was his family. He would take them on long trips to Canada or Washington in the summer and force them to listen to country music on the AM radio. His family remembers him fondly as their own “Archie Bunker” and “The Godfather.” His passing leaves a gaping hole in their hearts, but they are proud holders of his memories and stories. His presence will be missed in so many lives, but it will always be a blessing to have had the opportunity to share part of their lifetime with Ron. Ron’s memories will be cherished by his children: Tina Hayes, Dan Roberts, Heidi Johnson, Rebecca Roberts, Steven Roberts, and Melissa Mullard, his 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

There will be a Celebration of life on Sunday, June 12, 2022, at 4:00 pm to honor him at Dino’s Greek & Italian Grill at 1550 N Dysart Rd B-8, Goodyear, AZ 85395.

13 Comments on “Ronald Roberts

  1. RIP Ron you will be missed by myself and my family. It was my pleasure to have know you.

  2. RIP Ron, so many memories of the summers you spent with us. Your stories, your jokes, our trips to the White Spot, I will cherish these memories forever. There was never a dull moment when you were around. You were one of a kind and will truly be missed, love you❤️

  3. I will miss my cousin, but have some wonderful memories of special times we spent together. The time you spent with Vic and I at our cabin on Clear Lake was wonderful ….. a memory I cherish. Rest easy 💕🇨🇦

  4. Became a good friend within minutes of meeting him! Great to hang out with, and yes, he did have stories. RIP my friend.

  5. Rest in power good sir. Memories of you will never leave my heart.

  6. First met Ron in 1964 sitting on a backhoe working on Roberts apartments on Kinderman Dr., Ron is always been a great friend and somebody you could always count on you will be missed

  7. Heaven has a new Angel. Ron you were one of a kind. You were very kind to myself and my daughter.
    Say hi to Jake for me, tell him I said to take your hand as you cross the streets of heaven. I will be watching for you in the sky to see when you get your wings.

  8. Your Dad was an amazing man, full of adventure, hardworking and full of charisma.
    We will miss our visits with him. Not a visit went by without Ron proudly sharing a story about one of his children.
    Tina, Dan, Heidi, Rebecca, Steven & Melissa;
    May the love of family & friends give you the strength to face each day and warm memories forever to hold onto.

  9. So many good memories of you spending summers with us, always a story to be told or jokes to tell, never a dull moment when he was here. Used to love to go to the White Spot and cruising around the grounds at Riverview. We loved how he would tell us he never slept at home yet you could always find him snoozing in the recliner. He was one of a kind, a true legend and he will be missed dearly. RIP Ron, we love you❤️❤️❤️

  10. I first met Ron in 1963 he was sitting on a backhoe working on Roberts apartment which is dad owned I lived across the street I watched him work and finally I went over and talk to him and ask him if you need something to drink he said no he was fine but since that day Ron and I have been good friends and it was a pleasure to be Ron Roberts friend many trips to Mexico hanging out at Nanas house made a good time rest in peace Ron Roberts

  11. To the Roberts Family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time.

    Susan McAniff

  12. I knew Ron for close to 40 years. I had some of the best experiences in my life with him. He was a great friend. I can tell story after story about him. He was a guy that I thought might live forever. I can’t believe he’s gone. I’m so thankful that I knew him and I’ll never forget him or the great times we had. I love ya Bro, and I’m going to miss you so much. Your friend forever, Paul Herndon.

  13. Mr. Ron….This really sucks… I have 25 years in the bar business and you still called me “kid” and I loved it! An icon ..one of the Godfathers of the westside. Gonna miss you my friend. RIP

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