It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Ronald Abram. Ron passed away on October 11, 2023 in Hamilton, Ontario at the age of 62. He will be deeply missed by his mother, “Bert”, his brother Jim (Doreen) and sister Sheree (Richard).
Ron was born on June 24, 1961 in Scarborough, Ontario and grew up in Oshawa. At the age of 18 he enrolled in the Armed Forces and supported our country for four years. After leaving the Armed Forces he worked at General Motors in Oshawa.
Unfortunately Ron was afflicted with schizophrenia in his early twenties. It took a few years for him to secure treatment and begin working on what was important to him, auto related drawings. Ron’s passion for cars and the automotive industry was present from his toddler years, through his teen years and until his last day. He was certain he would make a big sale and was going to share his money with the people he loved. Ron did everything on his own terms and with a kind heart.
Anyone who interacted with Ron always saw a man with a positive and kind nature. He was always polite with a smile and thank you whenever someone was helping him. He would greet everyone with a “Hello my friend!” All of his care providers commented that he was a pleasure to work with.
During his adult years he had amazing supports through the Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia. He had regular meetings with them so that he could reach his goals. They were instrumental in supporting him so he could function happily and independently in the community for many years.
Ron had COVID in early 2022 and was hospitalized for five months. The impact of COVID, along with his schizophrenia, affected his ability to function independently in the community so we found him a new home at The Village of Wentworth Heights in Hamilton. The supportive and knowledgeable team members created a warm and caring environment for Ron until his last day. This long term care residence team could not have done more for Ron. He was cared for in the kindest way.
If anyone wishes to recognize Ron donations can be made to the Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia (905-525-2832), The Village of Wentworth Heights, Rymal Village (905-575-4735) or St Joe’s Healthcare, Schizophrenia Program (905-522-1155).
To Ron, “Goodbye, my friend”