Obituary: Rev. Ronald Pincoe, 75, felled by heart attack

March 24, 2016   ·   0 Comments

Ronald Pincoe will be missed by all who knew him.

The Reverend Deacon at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Orangeville suffered a fatal heart attack at his home in Amaranth on March 2 while using the snowblower to clear the driveway. He was 75.

He is survived by his wife Hilda who says she will miss his sense of humour and caring nature the most.

Ronald touched the lives of many people in the community and contributed his time and effort to many local organizations.

Born and raised in Toronto, he moved to Orangeville after he married Hilda. He started at St. Mark’s the same year.

Although he was raised Anglican, the church was not a priority in his life until after he and Hilda were married. The couple would have celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary July 1.

“After he met me, I made it clear the church was very important to me,” said Hilda, adding he was confirmed after they were married. “It became an important part of his life after we were married.”

While working with Hospice Dufferin, Ronald decided he wanted to do more with his life.

“He said that something was tapping him on the shoulder and told him he needed more than hospice work,” Hilda explained.

“That’s when he decided ordination was for him.”

After attending Renison University College in Waterloo and obtaining certification in Christian studies, he was ordained on Dec. 3, 2003.

“St. Mark’s Church was very important to him,” stated Hilda. “The Anglican Church was where he felt very strong.”

He was very involved in the church and was in charge of training all of the servers and lay readers. He was also very involved in the youth group and the church choir.

In 1989, the couple moved to Amaranth. Ronald served one term as a councillor there. In addition to politics, Ronald also had a passion for classic cars and owned a 1976 Triumph TR6 and a 1978 Triumph Spitfire.

“He was a car nut,” said Hilda, adding he was a member of the Toronto Triumph Club, the Headwaters British Car Club and the Ferrari Club of North America.

Singing was also very important to him and in addition to the church choir, he also sang with the Abbey Players in Brampton and the Belfountain Singers for 22 years.

He was also a draftsman in miscellaneous metal and designed the needle at the Science North Centre in Sudbury.

He also designed the stairs around Ontario Place and contributed to the design of the CN Tower restaurant in Toronto.

He contributed to the development of prison security and assisted in designing the lock system and the furniture at the Kingston Penitentiary to make it more secure.

Mr. Pincoe was on the Spiritual Care Committee at Headwaters Health Care Centre for more than a decade, for most of that time he served as chair.

“In this position, he gave guidance and direction to the committee and provided me with support many times,” said Rev. Barbara Moulton, the Coordinator of Spiritual Care at Headwaters Health Care Centre. “

He never said no when he could say yes. He assisted with fundraising, provided spiritual care for patients, provided on-call support, training and recruiting volunteer chaplains and worship services at the hospital.”

She added that he will be missed for his faithfulness and encouraging attitude. “His deep faith compelled him to respond with compassion to many types of needs. He was always willing to step up. There are many ‘holes’ to be filled.”

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