Talakoski, Ronald

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Mr. Ronald Paul Isaac Talakoski aged 47 years passed away unexpectedly on July 6, 2009. A lifelong resident of Thunder Bay, Ron was a graduate of Hammarskjöld High School where he completed his studies as an Ontario Scholar and was named the 1981 Senior Male Athlete of the year. As an all around athlete for the Vikings, Ron excelled both in football and track and field. Following high school Ron accepted a hockey scholarship to Princeton University, and he then transferred to the University of Manitoba where he earned his degree in Physical Education . While at the U of M Ron was a two-sport athlete, distinguishing himself in both football and hockey. As a football player, in 1984 Ron was Canada West's fourth leading rusher and was touted as a player to watch by C.F.L. scouts. As a Bison hockey player, Ron began to attract the attention of pro scouts and he dedicated his efforts to his hockey career. Ron signed with the New York Rangers in October 1986 and played parts of two seasons with the big club and the balance of his career in the AHL with the New Haven Nighthawks and in the IHL as the captain of the Colorado Rangers. After retiring from the I.H.L. he returned home to Thunder Bay Once again on the ice, he contributed to the 1988-89 Thunder Bay Twins Allan Cup championship and in 1999, as a member of this team, he was inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. Ron later hoisted the Colonial Cup as a member of the Thunder Bay Senators. Ron then moved onto the next phase of his career and joined the Thunder Bay Fire and Rescue Service as a professional firefighter. For eighteen years Ron served the city of Thunder Bay as a firefighter with tremendous dedication and skill, garnering the respect of all those who served with him. Ron loved going to the fire hall every day! Ron spent much of his leisure time working with his hands on various construction projects for his family, friends and neighbours. He was undaunted by any task and worked equally well in many mediums, deriving great pleasure from the satisfaction of a job well done! Music and photography brought much enjoyment to Ron. He would spend countless hours compiling CD's and was always searching for the perfect photo. Many of Ron's favourite photos were taken at Hawkeye Lake while fishing and enjoying the family camp. Ron's love of animals was well known, his compassion for others extended to the pets that he owned throughout his life. Most recently, his dog Roxy was a source of great comfort to him. Ron was a great father, husband, friend and role model who loved and supported his family. Being a Dad was Ron's greatest passion and his most important job. His boys were never far from his side. He was a tremendously positive influence on his boys, encouraging them to pursue their dreams and reminding them that success is only attainable through hard work. Ron loved life and lived every day to its fullest. In recent years as his illness progressed Ron demonstrated extraordinary character as he continued to think of others before himself. His courage will not soon be forgotten. Ron will be lovingly remembered by his children Joshua, and Jesse, their mother Carol and friend Claudio Coppola, his parents Greta and Pentti Talakoski, his sister Eija Simic, brother in law Mark Simic and niece Jennifer Simic. Numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins and other relatives also survive. Ron was predeceased by his grandparents Helmi and Niilo Kuntola and Tynne and Juho Talakoski. Funeral Services for the late Ronald Talakoski will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 13th, 2009 in the Chapel of Harbourview Funeral Centre, officiated by Pastor Matthew Diegel of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 12th, 2009 at the Harbourview Funeral Centre, 499 North Cumberland Street. In lieu of flowers friends wishing to do so may donate to one of the following charities: Thunder Bay Fire Fighters Toys for Tots, Thunder Bay and District Humane Society or the St. Joseph's Care Group. On-Line Condolences may be offered at www.harbourviewfuneral.ca

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