RCNC 66 CARLILE, Ronald Leslie

February 4, 1924 – July 22, 2015

It is with love and wonderful memories that we announce the peaceful passing of Ron Carlile. Ron will be fondly remembered by his wife, Mona, his brother Jack, and his three daughters, Anne, Cathryn, and Suzy. He was a treasured grandfather to Travis, Taylor, Preston, Tanner and Linea, and a cherished father-in-law to Scotty and Leo.

Ron was a Vancouver boy, born and bred.

He graduated as an officer from the inaugural class of Royal Roads Naval College and served proudly in three navies; the Royal Canadian, the Royal and the Royal Australian. His wartime experiences shaped his life, his friendships, his passion for sport, his penchant for rum and his love for Canada. One of the proudest moments of Ron’s naval career was returning an ailing Winston Churchill to England after the 1943 Tehran Conference aboard the HMS King George V. While travelling from Gibraltar, Ron had the distinct honour of mustering the junior officers to the ship’s mess for a Q&A with the iconic Prime Minister.

Ron’s naval career was abruptly halted when he contracted TB while serving. He then spent two long and naughty years recovering at Shaughnessy Veteran’s Hospital. After his naval years, Ron forged a very successful career as a manufacturer’s agent with Carlile and Carmichael Ltd. He had impeccable style – always a hat and a coordinating bow tie and was highly respected by his peers and customers. Ron was a mainstay at Freeman’s Beach in Point Roberts and the years at the beach meant the world to him.

For 55 years, Ron cooked and cracked crab, tended his garden, entertained, beach-combed and enjoyed life by the sea. Many of his most treasured friendships were forged at Point Roberts. Ron enjoyed many activities, particularly those that placed him in pristine, natural settings. He loved his annual Chilcotin hunting trips, setting up camp far in the bush, and with the help of his trusted labs, bagging his limit of grouse and pheasant. He eagerly anticipated his annual Hakai fishing adventures and the heated competition for the “Biggest Fish”. It was astonishing that Ron enjoyed these adventures until his 90th year. Ron and Mona were adventurous. Together, they travelled extensively, often with family and friends, and visited every continent except Antarctica. He was always happy to return to his beloved creek-side home in West Vancouver. There, by the garden and surrounded by his family, Ron spent his final days.

Ron was an officer and a true gentleman. We will miss his war stories at family dinners, the memorable parties, his kindness and generosity, his values of friendship, his deep love of family and most of all: him. The family is very grateful to those that provided compassionate support and care including his many caregivers, nurses, physicians and Dr. Paul Sugar. Ron’s life will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on August 18, 2015 at the West Vancouver Yacht Club, 5854 Marine Dr, WV. If you so desire, donations will be gladly accepted by the Paul Sugar Palliative Foundation. No flowers by request, but do as Ron did weekly, give flowers to someone you love.


5225, John C. Wood, Class of ’61, died on 16 July.

No details yet, but we hope to provide an obit when we find / receive one.

One Comment

  • Christopher Pratt

    August 4, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Ron was my classmate at Naval College. He was a born leader at whatever he undertook to achieve, and always with great enthusiasm. R.I.P. Chris P.