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Ronald MacPherson Stobo

August 13, 1933 ~ July 9, 2019 (age 85)


We lost Ronald MacPherson Stobo (Dad) to a long battle with Alzheimer's disease on July 9th, 2019 and the world has lost a feisty spirit and golden light with his passing. He was born August 13, 1933 in Glasgow, Scotland, the second son to Elizabeth McChristall and Alexander Stobo.

Dad had a traveler's heart and soul starting at a young age as a Radar/Wireless Mechanic for the Royal Air Force, continuing his global travels with the Merchant Marines, which stirred his traveling spirit. Dad was fortunate to find the same spirit in his life time partner, Sheila Stobo (Mom). They were both the first of their families to migrate to Canada and then onto the USA. They instilled a love of life, travel, family values, hard work, ethics, and compassion for others.

Over Dad and Mom's 52 years of marriage, they truly lived a wonderful life. Watching their family grow and become successful adults, traveling the world and making lifelong friends along the way. Their love for life and compassion for others was always present in our lives and has definitely been passed on to their extended family.

Dad loved all things related to transportation, which meant getting to your next destination. Dad and Mom finally settled into many different homes in southern California while Dad worked for Continental Airlines. Dad continued his life's journey by relocating the family to northern California to switch transportation jobs to the railroad industry, working until he retired with Southern Pacific Railroad. Dad's true love for travel never did change!

Spending time with family was Dad's favorite thing to do. He took so many pictures and movies as the family grew. Dad enjoyed the art of poetry, writing memorable little lines for each of us over the years.

Both Dad and Mom's zest for life took them all over the world, from their many travels to visit family and friends, to numerous trips with the Jazz-Dagen Group. This allowed them to merge their passion for jazz music and dancing while traveling the world and making so many great friends along the way. With Mom's passing in December of 2009 (far too early), Dad continued on as best he could.

Dad was always the life of the party enjoying dancing and meeting new people. His traveler's heart never died as he continued to make trips to visit with family and friends all over the world. Dad could light up the room with his witty smile and infectious Scottish brogue, always a gentleman and always immaculately dressed. A brilliant and beautiful man, Dad showed his family unconditional love. He enjoyed a wonderful life and left a proud legacy for his large extended family. Ronald (Dad) is survived by his sister Margaret Gray of Glasgow, Scotland, five children; Rhonda, David, Sherri, Suzette, and Billy, fourteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. It is something to admire, to see life lived to the fullest. As Dad was known to lovingly say, "Toodle oo the noo, Ronnie!"

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