In Loving Memory of Ronald (Riven) Perry
October 6, 1938 – January 21, 2024
Ronald Perry, affectionately known as Riven, peacefully passed away after a long and courageous battle with Neuroendocrine Cancer. Born in Toronto to the late Henry and Rose Perry, he leaves behind a heartfelt legacy of love and devotion to his cherished family and friends.
Riven is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Rose-Ann. Together they created a lasting legacy for over 60 years characterized by shared joys and unwavering companionship. Their children, Glenda, Alan, Janis and Robbin, Lisa and Rob, reflect the love and commitment that defined their family life. Riven took immense pride in being a grandfather to Harrison, Justin, Hudson, Dylan, Alexis, Joshua, and Zachary. He was also the best dog dad to Ben and Jerry.
Riven’s closest friend was his brother David; a fellow baseball enthusiast, and steadfast historical travel companion. Riven was also a dear brother-in-law to Barbara and Ernie, Martin and Heather, and a beloved uncle to his many nieces and nephews.
Riven’s life was marked by a passion for fitness and sports, especially baseball—a game he cherished and followed fervently. Yet, amidst his love for the game, his greatest joy was his family and his lifelong friendships, some bonds dating back to primary school.
Beyond his personal pursuits, Riven ran a successful business until his retirement, but his true calling and greatest joy was found in the classroom as a primary school teacher.
Yogi Berra once said, ‘Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.’ Reflecting on Riven’s journey, it’s clear that he lived a life filled with love, stepped up to the plate for each new challenge, and hit plenty of home runs.
In deep appreciation, we extend our heartfelt thanks to Riven’s devoted caregivers, Josie, Ofelia, and Hazel. To Phil Lidsky, who has been a devoted friend since childhood and a constant by Riven since his diagnosis.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to Odette Cancer Program via Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.