Ronald Pow – 7/3/1944–4/2/2015
Ronald T Pow, age 70, passed away peacefully at his home in SunBird on April 2. Ron is survived by his wife Carol; they have been year-around residents at SunBird since 2003. His son Colin lives in Gilbert and his mother-in-law, Dorothy Hough, moved to SunBird last year.
Before he became ill, Ron played horseshoes at SunBird and he was an avid NASCAR, baseball and football fan. Both he and Carol enjoyed casinos and their favorite get-away was the Chaparral Suites in Scottsdale.
Ron was born in Bristol, England, in 1944 to Thomas and Edith Pow, who have both passed. Ron and Carol married in 1989 in California where they met in 1987. In addition to Colin, Ron is the father of two sons, Tony and Nic Pow who reside in England and a daughter, Rebecca Green, who lives in Colorado. Ron also was a father to Carol’s son John Bowman who lives in Texas. Ron and Carol have 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Ron is also survived by brothers, Raymond and Alan, and a sister Rita who all reside in England.
Ron began work early; an apprentice at age 15, and became a skilled pipe fitter in England. After he moved to the U.S. in 1979, his union sent him all over the States to do specialty work. Ron worked in California, Wisconsin, Texas, New Mexico and Oregon. Ron worked on the space shuttle at Vandenburg Air Force Base. In 1991 he and Carol went to the Russian Island of Sakhalin where he helped build an oil refinery and lived in a man camp. Carol worked at the corporate office in Yuhuzno as an administrative coordinator, sharing an apartment with her interpreter, Ella, who remains a dear friend.
After Ron retired from the union he worked for Roger Bottomfield at TCS in Chandler. He fondly referred to Roger as the “Old Dodger.” Roger praised Ron as a friendly, and dedicated employee.