Ronald Rupert

RUPERT, Ronald Everett……

Ronald Everett Rupert died peacefully on May 30, 2021 after a brief illness. Ron was born in Niagara Falls on February 2, 1929 to parents Everett and Elsie Rupert, and big sister Verna (1927 – 2020). Younger brother Gary (Judi) joined the family several years later. Elsie told of how “little Ronnie” was an active child who could be found up in trees, on roofs or climbing what could be climbed. The family moved to Fort Erie when Ron was a teen. He worked at a local grocery store, and while there, was invited to join the Ontario Provincial Police. He worked as a police officer from the early 1950’s until his retirement in the mid-1980’s. He enjoyed his work as a police officer in the Forensic Identification Unit and went to work for Woodstock City Police for ten years following his retirement from the OPP. He continued to work after he left the Woodstock Police doing local courier deliveries until he was into his 80’s.

Ron met his wife Nadine (1932-1998) while recovering from a broken ankle, an injury he received in a motorcycle crash. Ron and Nadine are survived by Kathryn Baverstock (Stephen), Melanie Fugard (Ross) and Craig Rupert (Tina) and two grandsons Jeff Rupert and Patrick Rupert. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Ron was an active man who enjoyed being involved in his community over the years in Scouts, Ham Radio, Masonic Lodge, Shriners to name a few. He had a sometimes twisted sense of humour and enjoyed shocking people with his stories. He was shot shortly after Kathryn was born so had a scar from that. He enjoyed showing his long scar that “started” on his shin and “ended” on his belly. Of course it wasn’t one long scar. He spent every summer weekend in his RV at a campground in Bayfield and then Port Huron Michigan for many years. These weekends were spent with old friends and fellow “cop buddies”, relationships he valued and enjoyed.

Ron gained a new freedom when he moved from his house to an apartment in December 2018. He travelled to BC on his own that Christmas to visit Kathryn, Melanie and his brother Gary. Shortly after that, he travelled to Nova Scotia to visit Craig. He published a book, True Crime Cases, at the age of 90. He finished writing a second book this year (to be published) and had started on a third. That was pretty impressive for a guy who wasn’t the best student in his younger years.

Ron was active until the last few days of his life. A broken hip only slowed him briefly and he grudgingly learned to use his walker. Being the stubborn independent man he was,  this was a challenge, as was using other supports he needed.  The pandemic meant he couldn’t be as active socially as he’d have liked. He did enjoy the support and companionship of Millie McLaughlin. The family is thankful to Millie for being a good friend to Ron. No service is planned for Ron at this time. Friends are encouraged to remember him by raising a mug of beer or a glass of red wine. As an expression of sympathy donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 110-1525 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1Z 8R9 or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted with Cremation London and Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Online condolences shared at

  1. Our condolences to you and all your family! It seems like he lived his life to the fullest! He will be truly missed by all!!

  2. What a beautiful tribute to your dad! No wonder his kids turned out to be such great people! Karen and I send our best wishes and hope to share the celebration of your dads life in the future. In the mean time, we will gladly raise a glass in his honour.

  3. So sorry for the loss of your Dad. He terrified me as a child as you well know. The tribute is beautifully written and I’m sure he would be very proud to read it. RIP Mr. Rupert. Your family will miss you. A life well lived!

  4. My sincere condolences to Ron’s family, at his passing.
    A neighbour from Nottinghill.

  5. What a wonderful life Ron lead. I’m very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I remember him fondly when I worked with him at the Woodstock Police Service from 1993-1999.

  6. Sorry for your loss. I remember our parents getting together for dinner parties and spending time with you all. I remember your dad taking ” mug” shots and finger prints of Paul and I once when I was about 7. I still have my little package of them. Very nice tribute ❤️

  7. I’m sorry to hear of the passing of Ron. He was a good friend to my father, Harry (Ted) Haynes (VE3BYD). They both were involved with Scouting and amateur radio. I remember him from my childhood, going camping and fishing.

  8. I was sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. He was a great friend to my parents Pat & Rick Roi and I remember him from my childhood and when he arranged to have the OPP Swat team visit our scout troop. I had no idea he was an author, and I cannot wait to read his books. Rest in peace Ron.

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