Ronald “Smiley” Barry Salter 1935 — 2019

Ronald “Smiley” Barry Salter of Kamloops (formerly Winnipeg) passed away on Monday, July 22, 2019 at 83 years of age. He is survived by his loving wife Mary-Ann Salter, children Doug Salter of Winfield, BC, Jim Salter of Winnipeg, MB, Barry (Tanya) Salter of Kamloops, BC and Glenda (Dan) Gauthier of Morinville, AB, grandchildren Sherri-Lea, Jordan and adopted grandson Jordan Olson, and his granddogs, Axel and Chloe.  He was predeceased by Bill “Knobby” and Mary Salter, his brothers Billy, Bobby, Jerry and Glenn Salter.

Ron was a leader and served the community in many ways. He was an Artillery Gunner in the Canadian Armed Forces and served in Germany from 1953 to 1955. He served as a  mailman with Canada post for 19 years and worked for over 22 years in Courier Delivery. Ron dedicated himself to 50 years of service with the Royal Canadian Legion, holding various positions, including President, 1st Vice President, Sgt-at-Arms, Service Officer,  Poppy Chairman, Honours, Awards and Membership. He volunteered with Army Cadets for 32 years and was an active member of the Kamloops White Cane Club since 2009.

Ron was known for being Elvis Presley‘s biggest fan. He always had a smile and a joke to tell. He loved singing terribly and he shared a running joke with his granddaughter regarding their love of cows.  Ron had the ability to connect with everyone he met, always leaving a lasting impression. Ron was an extremely hard-working man, with an impeccable memory, that loved life and his family to the fullest.

The family would like to offer a special thank you to Dr. Jason O’Connell. Donations in Ron’s memory may be made to the Kamloops White Cane Club, care of Linda Hall 250-376-4900.

Ron’s Celebration of Life will take place at 2 PM on Sunday, August 25, 2019 in the Chances Event Room , 1250 Halston Ave.,  Kamloops BC.

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4 Tributes

  1. Corey Rein
    Posted July 29, 2019 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Ubique Gunner. End of mission Stand easy.

  2. Susie Sherman
    Posted July 29, 2019 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Uncle Ronnie! So many memories its hard to pin one down! You were such a big part of our life growing up and there are so many memories. I remember coming to your wedding with Mary-Ann…it was a typical Salter affair and my memories of our Uncle Glen getting into a fight! Since that time there have been so many happy times spent with family! Another one of my memories is doing Kareoke with you at Cathy Salter’s one Christmas and yes…we were bad…but we were having so much fun.

    I had planned to come out this August to see you and I am so sad that I cannot do that. But I will make the trip soon to see Auntie Mary-Ann and your family.

    You are the last Salter brother and the end of a legacy and era….you were all amazing men…from an amazing father and mother….and I am proud to be part of your family heritage.

    Rest in peace dear Uncle…in my thoughts and prayers always….

    And to the family….Uncle Ronnie was loved and we are so sorry for your loss.

    Love Susie and family

  3. Mark Allen
    Posted July 31, 2019 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    If there is one thing I have ever learned from Ronnie and Mary-Ann is what the image of true love and compassion is. In the vows of marriage it reads “ in sickness and in health “ and those vows stood strong in Ronnie and Mary-Ann’s life together.

    I never had the chance to meet Ronnie but through Facebook I’ve gotten to know Ronnie and have heard of the all the wonderful things he has done throughout his life. If I were to be able to think of any last words that Ronnie May share with his family and his Loving life of many years I would think it would go as follows

    Afterglow
    Written by Helen Lowrie Marshall

    I’d like the memory of me
    To be a happy one.
    I’d like to leave an afterglow
    Of smiles when day is done.

    I’d like to leave an echo
    Whispering softly down the ways,
    Of happy times and laughing times
    And bright and sunny days.

    I’d like the tears of those who grieve,
    To dry before the sun
    Of happy memories I leave
    Behind – when day is done.

    RIP Ronnie

  4. Sherri Lee Talbot
    Posted August 10, 2019 at 6:02 am | Permalink

    So sorry to hear of your lose,condolences to the family.I met Ron many many years ago in Winnipeg.Kind soul.

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