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Ronald Joseph Robillard
November 1, 1956 - November 1, 2018

Ronald Joseph Robillard

Ronald Joseph Robillard
Nov 1, 1956 - Nov 1, 2018

Ronald Joseph Robillard
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Ronald Joseph Robillard

November 1st, 1956-November 1st, 2018

My dad Ron Robillard was born November 1st, 1956 to parents Robert & Darlene Robillard in Renton, Washington. His sister Kathy was born two years later and they grew up near SeaTac, Washington. Ron attended Tyee High School graduating in 1974. From there, he went on to attend Eastern Washington University in Cheney Washington, where he also worked as a volunteer Fire Fighter & EMT. After a couple years he left Cheney and began his career with Alaska Airlines which would span almost three decades. He went on to work for Delta Airlines and ended his career with Korean Air/Lufthansa Cargo.

My dad met Karen in 1994 and they spent the next 24 years together. I have so many amazing memories from my childhood thanks to the two of them. We took so many fun road trips to Winthrop, Whistler & Victoria, BC. We took trips to visit my grandparents in Arizona, and we even tagged along on some business trips with my dad to Mexico. We took ski lessons together, celebrated holidays and created so many amazing memories that I will cherish for all my life. But more than all of the trips and fun memories, my dad & Karen showed me what a loving, healthy, fun relationship was supposed to look like. My dad loved Karen fiercely and the feeling was quite mutual. When my dad was diagnosed with cancer, Karen showed me what "in sickness and in health" truly meant, serving so selflessly as his caregiver. Their love was something I feel blessed to have witnessed and been a part of.

My dad has always been the one constant in my life. The one person that from the day I was born, that was on my side and was always there to support me. As a kid, he never missed a single swim meet, choir concert, play, parent-teacher conference, or anything I was involved in. He was always my biggest cheerleader. As an adult, that support never failed me. There was nothing better than waking up on a Sunday morning to texts from him reminding me set my Fantasy Football line up, even on the weeks when he & I were facing off against each other. Or walking into their house smelling his delicious spaghetti or chili cooking. He taught me so many things about life, but the best thing he did was show me what it looks like to be an amazing parent. If I am half the parent to my son that he was to me, I will be doing it right.

When my dad became a grandpa, he took the job seriously. He changed diapers, held Lukas so his exhausted parents could nap, and loved him so very much. He was the one person who could always get Lukas to nap, regardless of how hard Lukas fought it. Often times Lukas would just crawl over to him and put his arms up to be snuggled in what my dad called his "Grandpa-Barcalounger". His record for getting Lukas to sleep was under 8 minutes! Lukas loved to laugh at grandpa and grandpa loved making him laugh. The two of them shared a special bond, and while I am so incredibly saddened that their time together was cut short, I am so thankful for the joy the two of them brought to each other.

His fur-babies were loved just as much as the rest of us were. My dad loved accompanying Karen on long walks with their dogs and taking them down to the beach. The newest member of their canine family, Mya, a sweet golden retriever/chow mix became his constant companion. She would always seek my dad out to be petted and loved on and was always the first to jump up on the bed in the morning for some snuggles.

Football was something that was a constant throughout my dad's life. Whether it was playing it in high school, watching it on TV, studying it for his fantasy football team, football was in his blood. My dad began officiating football in 2008 and it quickly became a passion. We would often go to his Friday Night Lights games and cheer him on, at times freezing in the stands wearing our "Official Fan" sweatshirts. He loved helping the kids learn the rules of the game and how to be respectful not only on the field, but off the field as well. He was such an inspiration to watch and I don't know if he ever realized the impact he made on some of those young kids lives.

Golf was another hobby my dad took a lot of enjoyment in. He loved playing with his dad when he would visit in California and later in Arizona. He attended countless tournaments for work and tried to get out on the course as often as he could. After he and several friends retired, they would meet at local courses on weekdays to golf. They called themselves the "Ponkey's" and had weekly standing tee times.

My dad loved doing projects around the house. He took great pride in his yard, always so meticulous with his mowing and edging. Even in the midst of chemo and breaks from chemo, he managed to refinish the deck, build a putting green, paint countless rooms in their house and redo the trim work amongst many other projects. When Kris & I bought our first house, he was an integral source of knowledge and guidance helping us complete countless projects. He always insisted on doing things the right way, even if that meant it would take double the time. But in the end, his tenacity was always worth the extra effort and it showed in the final result.
My dad fought his battle with cancer with such vigor and was a fighter up until the very end. One of the things we loved to do together were our daddy-daughter dates going to concerts, our favorite being a band called O.A.R. During all of his treatments, he lived by one of their lyrics: "I'm in the middle of the longest fight, I've ever had in all my life, and it ain't over 'til we've won". Well my sweet dad, you certainly fought until the very end, and while your time here on this earth may be over, we know we will see you again one day. In the meantime, we know you will be enjoying golf with your dad, Uncle Roger & Uncle Jack, snuggling up with your beloved lab Kami, all while being our guardian angel. We love you and miss you more than words.

In lieu of flowers or cards, we would love it if you made a donation to one of the following charities in my dad's name:

Pacific Northwest Football Officials Association, High School Player Scholarship Fund:
Donations in Ron Robillard's name can be mailed to:

PNFOA
P.O. Box 26934
Federal Way, WA 98093
(Checks made out to PNFOA, High School Player Scholarship Fund with Ron Robillard in the memo)

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance: https://secure.seattlecca.org/

 
 

Kathy on Nov 15, 2018

I am going to miss yous so much my BIg Brother!! You were always there for me and we had so many great times together. I love you so much and one day, we will be together again.

Wallace T.Chocklon on Nov 11, 2018

Ron, time is of no relevance to you now, but to me, the time we had on the field is oh so precious. Prayers to the family...stay strong!!!

Dean Shull on Nov 6, 2018

News of Ron (Robo)'s passing has saddened everyone in PNFOA, the football officials association that Ron was a member of. We miss his hard work, his positive attitude and most of all we miss his friendship. He touched the lives of many of us, making it better. Dean Shull

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