GOTELL, Ronald John

Ronald John Gotell, 74 of Edmonton, Alberta, passed away peacefully on May 17th, 2022.

He passed away following a brief and unexpected illness, surrounded by his family.

Ron was born in Georgetown, PEI to John Gotell and Marion Batchilder. Ron joined the Canadian Armed forces in 1965 and spent 14 years proudly serving his country. Following his honourable discharge, he worked in several fields, eventually landing at SPAR working as a Safety Systems Tech. In his retirement years, he renovated his home, manicured his lawn, and told stories of his adventures around the firepit. In 2016, he sold his property and spent his time living the RV life at Gallagher Lake, B.C., meeting new friends and enjoying life on his terms with his wife by his side.

In his early 20’s, he met Laura McAree. They married in 1970 in Griesbach, Alberta. Within 1 year they had started a family, complete with daughters Karrie, Ronda, and son John. As a family they moved often, following Ron’s military placements and finally settled in and around Edmonton, Alberta. Ron is remembered for his big personality, sense of fun, passionate interest in world history, and love of sharing stories and opinions.

In addition to his wife Laura and children Karrie Theroux (Pat), Ronda Frederiksen (David), and John Gotell (Jody), Ron is survived by his grandchildren Raeanne Gotell, Aidan Theroux, Eve Gotell, Kace Theroux, Alexis Theroux, and Isabella Frederiksen, sisters Joan Stanley and Betty Smith, and brothers Jerome Gotell and Ralph Gotell. He was preceded in passing by his parents John Gotell and Marion Gotell nee Batchilder, and brothers Fred Gotell, Steve Gotell, and Carl Gotell.

The funeral service will be held at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church 10004 – 101 Street, Fort Saskatchewan, AB on Wednesday May 25th, 2022, at 11:00 am. There will be a reception to follow. His family will be present to welcome loved ones.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made directly to The Heart and Stroke Foundation (

Serenity Funeral Service
Fort Saskatchewan
780 998 1422

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Lawrence Zawacki

My sincere condolences to Laura and family.
I met Ron in 1980 . We started working in the Beaufort Sea on the same day.
We became friends and remained friends !
I don’t know how many hours we spent talking on the phone . Too many to count. As he was quite the talker and story teller.
I will miss but all ways remember his friendship.

Louise Burt

My sincere condolences to a dear friend and her family whom we know so well. A husband, father, and Grandpa taken too young. Cherish the memories of those stories told around the fire pit. I am sure Ron & Dave are having a rye and arguing over the government or religion! From one who has recently been down this “heartbreak road”.

Freda and Glenn Jay

Sending our condolences to Laura and family, I hope all your beautiful memories help you through this very sad time, keeping you all in my prayers, sending love and hugs to all of you

Melvin & Jennifer Caine

Our sincere condolences to Laura and family. We will miss Ron’s loud personality and his great humor.He was a great father and husband. We have a lot of fond memories of times spent with your family. Can’t believe 45 years have gone by so quickly. We will always remember him with love Melvin, Jennifer , Samantha and the rest of the family.

Jim and Darlene Allen

Laura and Family
Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Ron, He will be greatly missed. 52 years of friendship and memories will always be in our hearts.

Crystal Humby

Our deepest condolences to Laura and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP Ron

Baxter and Crystal Humby

Our deepest condolences to Laura and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP Ron

Ross and Susanne Reid

Our sincere condolences to Laura and family over the loss of Ron, he will be missed.

Tom/Marion Dunphy

Sending our condolences on the passing of your brother. It’s never easy to say goodbye to our siblings and first friends! Keeping you in our prayers!

George and Anne Morrison

Sincerest sympathy to Laura and family. Cherish your great memories. May Ronnie rest in eternal happiness.
George and Anne(Smith) Morrison from PEI. (BETTY’S INLAWS)

Pauline MacIntyre

Yes, Ron was a great story teller and never a dull moment in his company. May your spirit, Ron live in the hearts of your family and those who loved you.
Pauline and PW MacIntyre

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