Ronald was born June 8th 1934, finished his life journey on March 15, 2020. Ron was the son of Reginald and Gladys Tomlinson, he is survived by his wife Miriam, two sons William and John, grandson Jaxon, brother Ken and sister Gina McGavin.

As an adventurous young man, he enjoyed riding motorcycles, alone or with his friends. Ron loved exploring his family history, classical music, collecting Cadillac cars and meeting people.

Having graduated from high school in 1952 his first full time job was working for the CPR in the engine room on the Princess Kathleen, a job that ended when the ship sank, with Ron being on the last watch.

An elementary school teacher, he particularly enjoyed science classes. While a student at UVic, he worked as a bus driver for what is now BC Transit. Upon retiring as a teacher, he returned to driving buses, enjoying the opportunity to interact with his passengers and provide local colour when driving tourists.

While working as a desk clerk at the Empress Hotel, he met Miriam, his future wife and mother of their two sons William and John.

In his later years he became quite active with Victoria Secular Humanist Association.

He will be missed and long remembered by those who knew him and loved him.

Funeral service to be announced at a later date.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens



  • kathy kaye

    I just heard about Mr. Tomlinson’s passing, i was lucky enough to see him the first week of march with my sister, we talked about george Jay elementary, and enjoyed lots of stories, Glad we had our visit, first time since elementary. A teacher I will always remember, thanks Mr. Tomlinson for all the good memories

  • bill longman

    Dear Miriam and family,
    It’s hard to find comforting words at a sad time like this. Your husband and father was my cousin, as a child in the 50’s my sister Margo and I spent our summers visiting our extended Victoria families. Ron was such a ‘Character’, Aunt Gladys would say, ‘Children it’s impolite to crack your crackers into your soup!’ Ron with a big wry smile and pick up a handful of crackers repeating his Moms advice to us as he of course crunched them into his soup. I can still feel the vibration of his motorcycle, the way he loved to excite the dogs, Lady & Don. As time marches on I lost contact with the Tomlinson’s, but I’ll never forget those summer and there hospitality. All the Best Miriam, Georgina, Ken and all your family. Bill

  • Wendy Wilkins

    To the Tomlinson family and Ron’s friends and extended family;
    Im so sorry to hear the news of Rons passing. My sincerest sympathies to you all! I remember him at Gladys’s many family gatherings and my mom talking to him until her passing then I ended up conversing with him on occasion. He was my moms cousin. He was such a lovely, smart, jovial man. Having just lost my brother in November and eventually postponing his funeral until an undetermined time I certainly totally understand the immense grief along with the frustration at this time. Just know he will be fondly remembered and sorely missed. Leaving on a high note, I always got a kick out of his special digital photos that he would self impose Muriam and him in, priceless!
    Please take care,
    Wendy Wilkins

  • Sheila South

    Miriam and family,
    I Was so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing, Miriam. We have missed s eeing you at our lunches the last several years. We do still get together and enjoy catching up. Perhaps we can arrange something in a few months. I am thinking of you these days. Take care,
    Love, Sheila.

  • Diane Crowther

    Dear Miriam and family,
    I am so sorry to read of Ron’s recent passing. I feel blessed with having such wonderful memories of your family as friends with Staleys and with my parents, Guy & Maggie Crowther. I remember Gladys and Rex at their home on the corner of Haultain, along with being flower girl at Georgina’s wedding when I was 4 years old. Ron often dropped by my Mom & Dad’s on West Saanich Road to just chat, or listen to me play the piano, or to record my playing on his tape recorder, in those days a large reel-to-reel variety! I carry these good memories with me, and want you to know that you are in my thoughts at this difficult time.
    With love and in sympathy,

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