Two months ago, the agricultural sector throughout Chatham-Kent lost a strong advocate and an even greater friend.
Ron Anderson was one of those guys that you knew you could count on for wise and direct words. No matter the subject, whether you liked what he said or not, he spoke his mind. Ron did not mince words. He was as black and white as the stripes on a zebra.
Ron Anderson was a farmer right from the beginning. His mother wanted him to be a teacher and urged him to get an education for that purpose. But Ron’s true love was the land.
Ron was a passionate champion for Chatham-Kent and for agriculture. He was admired throughout this entire Chatham-Kent community for his honesty, his integrity, his humility, his hard work, his wisdom, and his knowledge. He was an amazing colleague and an even greater friend to so many of us.
Ron Anderson worked for Land Stewardship Kent, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent as their Agriculture Coordinator, and Kruger Energy.
He was involved in many organizations throughout his life, including: Agriculture in the Classroom, Agricultural Advisory Committee, Chatham Chamber of Commerce, Wallaceburg Chamber of Commerce, Nurture the Future committee, Agri-Development Kent, Ontario Soybean Growers, St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, St. Joseph Hospital C.T. Scan Fundraising, Kent County Cattlemen’s Association, Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association, Progressive Conservative party (federal and provincial), Dover Centre Church, Sunday School teacher and superintendent, baseball coach, Dover Centre Park, and so many more.
Ron also received an Honorary Fellowship award from the University of Guelph for his many contributions to the Ridgetown Campus, which he often referred to as “one of the best kept secrets in Chatham-Kent.” This recognition was given to Ron for all the significant and positive differences he made in the life of the Ridgetown Campus.
Ron grew up in Dover Centre and lived there his entire life. He was so proud of the Dover Centre community, the Dover Centre Church, and the Dover Centre Park. They were as much a part of his life as his family was.
Ron is survived by his loving family, including his wife Joy, and his four daughters Loree, Noelle, Shannon, Lindsay, and many other family members and friends.
There are many people who come into our lives, and then there are a few people who come into our lives and make a positive impact. Ron Anderson made a huge positive impact in my life and also in the lives of so many people within and outside of Chatham-Kent. We will miss him dearly.
Think about this — A true relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
Just some food for thought.
Remember that here in Chatham-Kent ‘We Grow for the World’. Check out our community’s agricultural website: www.wegrowfortheworld.com
Kim Cooper has been involved in the agribusiness sector for over 40 years. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also follow him on Twitter at ‘theAGguy’