Ronald James Roe
Ronald James Roe rolled out on Friday, November 18, just a few days shy of his 79th birthday. He is remembered as a wonderful husband, father, musician, teacher, font of wisdom, athlete and a true friend. He was a quick-witted wordsmith, adept in the arts of poetry and puns. His absence will profoundly affect all who had the pleasure to know him.
Ron was born on November 22, 1943, to Al and Betty Roe in Bremerton, Washington. They were a Navy family, and he spent his childhood moving to and fro between Washington, California and Hawaii. He attended Western Washington State College on a football scholarship, where he met Marlene Vander Griend, with whom he had two amazing daughters.
Ron completed his Master’s Degree in Special Education in 1968, studying under Max Higbee. Throughout his career, he taught in several school districts. After an early stint as Director of Special Education in rural Alaska, in need of some sun, he made a move that would change his life. He travelled to Hawaii, where he met Patty Remley, a Texas girl who fell for the “chocolate chip man.” In 1980, they were married at the Little Chapel in the Woods in Denton, Texas. They made their home in Bellingham and had two lovely sons.
Ron's passion was to help others understand the power of the subconscious mind. Ahead of his time in 1973, he opened the Bellingham Hypnosis Center. He helped thousands of people on their journeys to self-healing in a medium that was not yet widely understood or accepted, always at a sliding scale.
Ron's health was greatly impacted over the last four years, but he maintained his sense of humor. He was thankful for his family and expressed it often. He continued to shine and never lost the warmth in his eyes, which was a great comfort to those around him. We are all thankful for the extra time with him.
Ron is survived by Patty, his wife of 42 years, daughters Sally Pratt (Matt) and Leslie Roe, sons Michael and Kyle Roe, and grandson Christopher Fredlund. Ron is also survived by sister Nancy Curry and uncle Jack Dearborn and their families. Special thanks to friend Lowell W. Hanson for daily visits, calls and mochas.
Ron did not need to be the center of attention and preferred his influence to be behind the scenes. Those reading who wish to follow in his spirit can make donations to the Bellingham Hospice House or Max Higbee Center.