Ron, a life-long resident of Vineland, received his early education locally in public and private schools. After high school graduation he spent a year at Columbia Bible College in B. C. before attending universities in Hamilton and Toronto. Summer employment entailed working in the retail business and the construction industry. Delivering building materials for many years was a welcome change from the classroom setting.
Ron did his undergraduate studies at McMaster University, receiving a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1971. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1976 after receiving his Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in 1974.
Ron has practiced law in St. Catharines since 1976. His early years were focused primarily on real estate law, providing exclusive legal services to a local credit union. His practice has expanded to the area of business and corporate law, including organizational planning, sales and purchases. Ron also enjoys writing wills, powers of attorney and assisting with the legal aspects of estate administration. These are challenging areas of practice, as laws change in response to the growth of technology, the increase of fraud and identity theft, and the aging population.
Ron advises clients to obtain legal advice prior to signing contracts to avoid surprises. Trying to get out of a deal after it is signed will be much more costly than obtaining advice prior to signing. The law is not always logical.
Currently, Ron is a director with the Education Foundation of Niagara and an active member of Southridge Community Church. He has been involved in education for many years as a past Chair of the Eden Advisory Board, a past board member of Camp Crossroads, a former Trustee with the District School Board of Niagara and former chair of the Board of Eden Christian College. Ron also coached his children in co-ed baseball and house league hockey in Jordan.
After office hours Ron’s recreational highlights include reading, time spent with family on vacation, golfing with his sons and friends, boating and swimming with his nine grandchildren, and driving his convertible.