Ronald (Ron) Churchill

July 19, 1940 to February 6, 2019


Passed peacefully away at the Health Sciences Center surrounded by his loving family. Leaving to celebrate his life and shared memories are his wife Joyce (Roberts), children Rhonda (Dave) and Craig (Tracey), grandchildren Erika, Elizabeth, Ethan and Eva, brothers Fred (Madge), Gerry (Wendy) and Doug (Linda), along with many nieces and nephews, and a large circle of extended family and friends. Ron is predeceased by parents Isaac and Florabelle (Mercer) of Bay Roberts.

Ron’s humour and his fun loving, good nature will always be remembered, along with his words of encouragement, help and support to so many.  Ron had fond memories of his long career as a teacher, especially his time at Bishop’s College where he taught for many years.

Many thanks to his compassionate caregivers, our family and friends, and those who provided so much support along the way.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 8th from 2-5 PM and 7-9 PM at Carnell’s Funeral Home located on Freshwater Road.  Funeral Service will be held at St. Augustine’s Anglican Church, Westerland Road on Saturday, February 9th at 1 PM. Inurnment to follow at a later date.  Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Newfoundland and Labrador region.



2-5 p.m. on February 8, 2019

7-9 p.m. on February 8, 2019

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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1:00pm, Saturday February 9th

St. Augustines Anglican Church


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Just saw Ron’s name in the obit column in the recent NLTA Bulletin. We were together on the public exam board for a few years in the early 70s. What a character – full of humour, & just a great guy to be around. Rest in Peace, Ron.

Hello, Joyce, Rhonda, and Craig! I am just hearing about Ron’s passing, and am very sorry. He was a very special man. I only knew him for a short time, but he had such an influence on me, just like everyone who ever had the privilege of knowing him. I think of you all very often and tell my children about you. I can only hope that my family stays as close as yours. From the hand-shakes and kisses EVERY morning, to the ice-cream desserts every night. And all the laughs in between…..especially the time when Joyce got frustrated and said, “Ron! I only have two sets of hands!!!” Then the frustration quickly turned to laughter. I miss all of you dearly. XO

Mr Churchill was one of my absolute favorite teachers in Bishop’s College. Such a gentle, funny and kind soul. Made learning interesting and he always had room in there for fun or a good laugh. My sincerest condolences to his family and loved ones.

Kelly Price White

Ron & I we’re in the 1957 graduating class at Bay Robert’s Amalgamated School. Ron, his parents and brothers and all the Churchill clan will always hold a special place in my heart and thoughts because they were all very special people.They were truly great times in many ways.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

Condolences to the family on Ron’s passing. I’ve worked at the Field House for 10 years and he was always my favorite customer. So funny and charming and if you asked how he was that day he’d say “I’m here, that’s something!”.

Mr. Churchill was my History teacher in 1972 at Bishops College. He was a wonderful, inspiring teacher. He willingly sacrificed his free time to teach us History in Grade 11 when our schedules were tight. He had a wonderful sense of humour. I was so proud to tell him many years later that I went on to complete a PHD in History. My deepest sympathy to the family.

Churchill Family

In school there is always that special Teacher that stands out, and Mr. Churchill was certainly one. His relaxed approach to students was reassuring to those of us who came from a small area outside city limits and had to walk long distance to get there. He always encouraged us to reach for the sky and to never be afraid of trying. I met him about five years ago and I couldn’t believe he knew me. May your family cherish his memory as I certainly will. God Bless ????????

Sorry to hear of Mr. Churchill’s passing, he was a wonderful teacher. He always had a kind word and a smile.

So sorry to hear about Mr. Churchill’s passing. Our condolences to his family and friends. He was a great teacher in school.
Rest in Peace Mr. Churchill.

God Rest …..Mr Churchill,you were one of the best!….They don’t make them like that anymore!

Dear Joyce, Rhonda and Craig
We were both saddened to hear of Ron’s death. We have not seen you for many years but we were very good neighbors in the early 70’s.
Take some comfort in the wonderful memories you have of a very wonderful person.
We are sorry we will not get to the funeral home, but we now live in Halifax.
Take care
Jan and Bob Crocker

I am so sorry for your loss
He was a pleasure to be around
His smile and laughter will live on
Hugs to you all

To Joyce, Fred and Families.
Saddened to hear of Ron’s Passing, I enjoyed many arguments and laughs with him when he visited at my place of work…May he now Rest In Peace.
WEldon and Joan Brown

Mr. Churchill taught me at Bishops in 77-78. His Economics classes were always fun, no matter what the topic, Ron always made it interesting and fun. I had the privilege of meeting up with him a few times after I finished school and went to work. He was always full of fun and left a hugh imprint on my life. My sympathies to you during this difficult time.

Mr. Churchill was one of my favourite teachers at Bishops. Always smiling and always so much fun. My condolences to the family.

Sincere condolences at this sad time. We send our love and caring thoughts. May God bless!

Our sincere condolences to the family.

Nelson and Margaret Nradnury

Mr. Churchill was one of my favorite teachers. He taught with compassion and made each and everyone of his students feel like scholars. Rest easy Mr. Churchill….

Joyce and family
Sending our deepest condolences to you all. Ron was a special man and will be sadly missed.

Everett & Cavell Mercer and family.

So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing,our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most sad and difficult time.

Churchill family — We were sorry to hear of Ron’s passing.We have fond memories of your time at Middle Gull Pond.Please accept our sincere sympathy.

Mrs. Churchill, Craig and Rhonda
So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. Remember the many times he came into the store and we shared many jokes . Will always remember the laughter we shared. Please accept my deepest condolences. Thinking of you all at this sad and difficult time.
Dwight Brown

Mr. Churchill was one of my very favourite teachers. His ability to tell a story and bring history alive ignited a lifelong interest in the subject for me. Moreover, he had an ability to make each student feel they were important to him. Every child should be so lucky to have an educator like him in their life. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

My FAVOURITE teacher when I went to Bishops. He was the only one with a sense of humor.

I was just looking at my Queen Elizabeth Regional High School (Foxtrap, CBS) year book 1964 and see the autographed faculty photo of a young Ron Churchill. I recently saw him from a distance after all those years and missed the opportunity to speak to him. That’s something I regret now more than ever. Condolences to the family of a respected educator and very nice person.

So sorry for your loss
Keeping you in prayers

Mr. Churchill was my home room teacher in the early 70’S
He was a great teacher
A great person
R I P Sir

John Grouchy

I was heartbroken to hear of Mr
Churchill’s passing. I was in his class all 3 years at Bishops College, and he made every day interesting and enjoyable. I will always remember him standing behind his pulpit, rocking back onto his heels and arguing with us that he couldn’t give us a “double lunch period” because we actually had to get some work done! I work in high school now, and I think of him often when I go into a classroom. I wonder if any of the teachers I work with will leave such on impression on their students. He was certainly a special man. Rest easy Mr. Churchill. xo

To the Churchill families: So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

So sorry to hear the news about “Mr. Churchill”. He was a favorite teacher at QERHS. He boarded next door with the French’s and I rode to school with him the year I was in grade. 9. A lovely person.

Joyce and Family so sorry to hear the passing of Ron our prayers are with you all with support from Family and Friends help you through this difficult time in your lives God Bless

So sorry to hear of Mr. Churchill’s passing, he was one of my teachers at Bishop’s in the early 70’s. An amazing teacher who treated all of his students with the utmost respect. My thoughts & prayers are with you all at this very difficult time.

We were very saddened to hear of Ron’s passing. Deepest condolences to you,Rhonda, Craig and families. We are out of the country and unable to be there, but you are in our thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace and rise again in glory. God Bless.
Mary and Ches Warren

Thanks so sorry to hear of Mr$ Churchill’s passing. He was an amazing teacher and a heck of a nice man. I will think of him with a smile.

Ron was my friend and a friend to everyone on staff who inhabited the Bishop’s staffroom particularly in the mornings when his sense of humor and shenanigans lightened the air for everyone who knew him. Rest easy Ron.

Very sorry to hear of Mr c’s passing. He was my homeroom teacher in grade eleven. (82). There was a small class of us and what an excellent year we had. So many wonderful memories. I hope it brings some comfort to the family knowing how well loved and respected Mr c was. See you later Mr. C.

Mrs Churchill, Rhonda and Craig,
So sorry to hear of Mr.Churchill’s passing. I have very fond memories of all of you from living with you guys during my first year university (1994-95). I remember all the cold winter mornings when Me. Churchill would bring us all to school so we wouldn’t have to walk and sitting around after supper just chatting or watching TV.
He was a very special person and I know he will be sadly missed by many. Thinking of you all at the sad time. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Michelle Bishop

Rhonda & Family,

So sorry to hear of your sad loss. Hold tight to each other and your memories to help you thru the days ahead. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

My deepest sympathy for your loss. Mr. Churchill was one of my teachers at Bishop’s College from 1978 to 1980. He was a very reasonable and respected teacher.

Joyce and Family

I’m so sorry for your loss. Ron and I were teaching colleagues for more than 20 years. To say he was one of a kind would be an understatement. Some of my fondest memories go back to the staffroom. With Ron, particularly in the mornings before classes, there was never a dull moment. If there wasn’t a current issue (pro and con) to get the staff going, he would create one with a suitable embellishment that only he could add. It was a great way to start the day. He was a caring , considerate and knowledgeable teacher who helped make Bishops College a school to which one was proud to belong. Pauline and I would like to offer our sincerest condolences.

Les Tarrant

Oh my , Ron was the best teacher at Bishop College back in the day , sorry to hear of his passing

Joyce, Rhonda, Craig…and others member of Ron’s family,
I am so very sorry for your great loss.
May precious memories help to comfort you during the coming days.
Ron was a friend of mine, a good friend who on my arrival at Bishops College in 1979, welcomed me in incomparable style. Ron Churchill style!
I immediately felt at home.
Even though Joyce prepared the dinners I shared at their house, Ron took more than adequate care of over-dinner conversation. It was his specialty!
In truth, I found him not only extremely knowledgeable but funny to boot.
Not surprisingly, his uncompromising support came in handy when workplace hurdles arose; and for his generous help in giving of himself, I am eternally grateful.
He was, indeed, one of a kind. And I miss him.
My deepest sympathy!

I am so sorry to hear of Ron’s death. He and his brothers were a part of my childhood that I will never forget. I send loving thoughts to you all.

Pats Laing Best

Sincere sympathy to Joyce and all of Ron’s family
We are very sorry for your loss. We are away right now but think of you at this time. We always enjoyed our conversations with Ron and know you have wonderful family memories to sustain you. Max and Phyllis Beckett

Len and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Ron and send our condolences to all of you.. I have fond memories of teaching Craig and know how close he was to his father. Whenever we met Ron he talked about his family in a very loving way. We know you are experiencing a great loss at this time, but hopefully you will remember the legacy of love that has been passes on to you. Regretfully we are away and unable to attend the funeral, but know that we are thinking of you and wishing you peace. God bless you.

We were very saddened to hear of Mr. Churchill’s passing. He was such a sweet man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Mrs Churchill, Rhonda, Craig and all of the family.