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Obituary for Ronald Wahl

Ronald Wahl

Ron Wahl was born January 13, 1946 to his mother Pearl and father Julius in Montreal, Quebec and died January 23, 2022. Thus his lifetime adventure lasted precisely 76 years. Ron is survived by cousins on both his mother's and his father's side. Ron overcame some difficult challenges as a youth beginning with his time in an orphanage at two years of age and several foster families until he landed with a permanent and very loving foster family beginning when he was 7 years of age until he left at age 17 to find his way in the world. He would recall later in his life that he had had a very strong attachment and emotional tie with this last foster mother, a relationship that spanned 10 years. Ron eventually went to McGill University after leaving his foster family and studied mathematics. After his schooling he worked in Toronto, Ontario for a couple of years until he got an inheritance from his father whereupon he decided to travel and backpack around the world for 18 months as was the standard practice of youth at that time. Upon returning from his adventures, Ron eventually settled in Ottawa, Ontario whereupon he eventually landed a job in the Canadian Public Service with the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources in 1980 (renamed Natural Resources in 1996) in the relatively new field of computer systems and programming. It was at E.M.R. that Ron flourished building a myriad of technically complex computer systems to meet the needs of scientists and government employees. When the new government IT department Shared Services was formed in 2011, Ron continued successfully in this new department until he retired in March 2019. Naturally, Ron had many adventures and met many friends in his work life over that work span of 39 years and he will be greatly missed. Luckily, he was able to enjoy some golden years in retirement. Ron will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. It is important that we celebrate his wonderful and successful life. A graveside service will take place at Jewish Memorial Gardens, 6549 Herberts Corners Road, Ottawa on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 1:30pm.