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“Prayers and deepest sympathies to the family. ”
1 of 65 | Posted by: Janet and Roger - Raleigh, NC

“Ronnie you'll really be misseed when ever I got in trouble you were always their I. Never even had to ask for your help thank you for all the good...Read More »
2 of 65 | Posted by: David Fournier - Port Hope, MI

“I am very sorry. ”
3 of 65 | Posted by: Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, TX

“Grew up hanging out with the Fournier's as my mom and dad were best friends with "Ron and Flo". I remember the fun we used to have at the cottage,...Read More »
4 of 65 | Posted by: Sheryl (Babbish) Wilson - FL

“My sincerest sympathies go out to all members of Ronald Fournier's family. I know Raquel, and after reading this beautiful tribute to Ronald, I wish...Read More »
5 of 65 | Posted by: Tamara Real - Ann Arbor, MI

“Ron, Lori and the entire Fournier family, we are very sorry for your loss. Ron, I do remember meeting your Dad back in our VN days. He was a gentle...Read More »
6 of 65 | Posted by: Kevin H. Byrnes - Beverly Hills, MI

“Just wanted to say what a pleasure it was to work with Flo and Ron . Years ago I worked the triage area at St. John's ER. We had a lot of good talks...Read More »
7 of 65 | Posted by: Kathy Walsh - Harrison Twp, MI

“I am very sorry to hear this news. Ron was one of the best examples of just what a police office should be. Being around Ron was a great learning...Read More »
8 of 65 | Posted by: Michael Scarborough - Millington, MI

“So sorry for loss.You and your family are in my prayers. ”
9 of 65 | Posted by: Donna Renny - Fremont, IN

“Tim, Ingrid and Talea, My deepest sympathies on the passing of what sounds like a great man. Tim, I see now where you get your wit and humility....Read More »
10 of 65 | Posted by: Amy Pembrook - Grand Rapids, MI

“Dear Florence, Even though we were only able to talk briefly last night, I wanted to convey my deepest condolences at the loss of Ron. I remember...Read More »
11 of 65 | Posted by: Cheryl Croci - MI

“Bob and family, very sorry for your loss. I met Ron thru Bob, my frat brother, at their parents house. I remember Ron as a BIG guy who could play...Read More »
12 of 65 | Posted by: Bill Bechill - Shelby Twp., MI

“Ron was one of the best Officers the City had the pleasure of having on the force! He was always so proud and he was a pleasure to know! RIP Ron and...Read More »
13 of 65 | Posted by: Cindy Jo House - St. Clair Shores, MI

“Flo, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. Your friend at Churchill Place, Henrietta ”
14 of 65 | Posted by: Henrietta - Comstock Park, MI

“Truly sorry for the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Praying that the Lord will surround you with His peace, encourage you in His love...Read More »
15 of 65 | Posted by: Betty - Grand Rapids, MI - friend

“God bless you Raquel and your mom and family. My deepest sympathies on the loss of your dear Father. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love...Read More »
16 of 65 | Posted by: Donna Varee - Farmington Hills, MI

“I worked with your dad at the Motorcycle Traffic Divison in the 1960's. Ron was a fine officer and family man. We went through many officer's...Read More »
17 of 65 | Posted by: Charles Newberry - Warren, MI

“Growing up Ron was one of my best friends. Just like his memorial, we laughed and did many funny things together. One time in the summer,we were 19,...Read More »
18 of 65 | Posted by: Warren Carr - Boyne City, MI

“Flo, What a lovely memorial obituary! Ron certainly had a nice life and he did like to laugh. I'm sorry he had dementia. Flo, hope you can smile...Read More »
19 of 65 | Posted by: Janice Carr - Brighton, MI

“Sending you our deepest sympathy and praying that God will comfort you during your time of grief. ”
20 of 65 | Posted by: Tim Steenstra, Jared Benthem and Gail Mejeur, Grandville Christ - MI

“Mr. Tim Fournier so sorry for your lost, your Dad sounds like a wonderful father. ”
21 of 65 | Posted by: Beatriz B Cruz - Detroit, MI

“Dearest Bob & Family Words cannot express the sadness we feel for you at this time. I know for certain that we never lose the people we love,...Read More »
22 of 65 | Posted by: Greg & Nancy Schovan - Holly, MI

“Tim, Ingrid, and family, You are all in my thoughts. ”
23 of 65 | Posted by: Mary Catherine Stoddard - MI

“I'm so sorry for your loss. I will be thinking and praying for you all in this time of need.. Yours truly, Amy Goosen ”
24 of 65 | Posted by: Amy Goosen - Grosse pointe, MI

“As I write this, the tribute at the A.H. Peters Funeral Home (just blocks from my mom's house) is happening. Thinking of you and sending love, ...Read More »
25 of 65 | Posted by: Stephanie Hakim - Grand Rapids, MI

“My Condolences to Ron's family. I enjoyed his Humor and working with him for several years at S.J.H. He will be greatly missed. ”
26 of 65 | Posted by: Richard Heimes - Macomb, MI

“I worked with Ron on the DPD Motor Division. On one assignment, wrestling at The Olympia, we were walking by the wrestler's locker room. The door...Read More »
27 of 65 | Posted by: Tom Dickinson - Safety Harbor, FL

“Although I only met my cousin Ron a few times as a child in the sixties and sevnties, he will always be a good memory to me. I recall how he dwarfed...Read More »
28 of 65 | Posted by: Steve Kaminski - Roseville, MI

“Dear Flo, Ron,Tim,Mike & RAquel, just got sad news of your dear husband and great dad. As neighbors on Coram for many years we enjoyed the...Read More »
29 of 65 | Posted by: John,Marcia Capp - Washington, MI

“There are no good words to say at this time. There are many pleasant memories to think about. My deepest condolences. Carol (Parker) Bokano ”
30 of 65 | Posted by: Carol Bokano - Warren, MI

“My sincere condolences to your family for your loss. ”
31 of 65 | Posted by: joyce vish

“Our family is sending our thoughts and prayers to the Fournier family! We have great memories that make us smile! ”
32 of 65 | Posted by: Judy Jenner Gallo - Cape Coral, FL

“We are so sorry to hear of cousin Ron's passing. I used to see him quite often at St. John Hospital during my many visits there. What a beautiful...Read More »
33 of 65 | Posted by: Paul&dianne (miesel) steiner - MI

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time ”
34 of 65 | Posted by: Sharon and Neal Madsen

“Dear Tim, I'm saddened to learn of the passing of your father. What a wonderful man he was & what great memories you must have. I'll pop a LaBatt's...Read More »
35 of 65 | Posted by: Mary Schoen - Grand Rapids, MI

“Wishing you peacefulness and many happy memories. I think fondly of the times that Granny Sharp watched all 8 of us ... running the beach at Erie...Read More »
36 of 65 | Posted by: Sandy Whall-Sudnick - MI

“I wish to convey my condolences for your loss. I worked with Ron at MTB.I will miss him. Thomas VanSchoick,Retired D.P.D ”
37 of 65 | Posted by: Thomas VanSchoick - South Lyon, MI

“When my husband first married we lived across the street on Coram, one of the best neighbors we've ever had. ”
38 of 65 | Posted by: monica valdez - Waren, MI

“Dear Raquel and family: I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dear father and husband. May God be with you during this sorrowful time and...Read More »
39 of 65 | Posted by: Joni Dewan - Commerce Twp., MI

“I work with Tim. I send my deepest sympathies to the whole Fournier Family. I have the utmost respect for all Detroit Police Officers, past and...Read More »
40 of 65 | Posted by: Tom Stribley - Grand Rapids, MI

“Our hearts and prayers are with you all in this time of reflection ”
41 of 65 | Posted by: Glenn Morrison - Belleville, MI

“You and your family are in my family prayers. So sorry for your loss. ”
42 of 65 | Posted by: Samuel Enoch - Grand Rapids, MI

“Our hearts and prayers are with you all in this time of reflection. ”
43 of 65 | Posted by: Nancy & Randy Atkins - FL

“Tim and Family, So sorry to hear about the passing of your father. It was wonderful, however, reading about what an amazing person he was. You...Read More »
44 of 65 | Posted by: Ginger Suess - Grand Rapids, MI

“We met Ron and Flo on Seymour Beach through our daughter Jen Bortolon and her husband Rich--what a wonderful, kind couple! We are very sorry to hear...Read More »
45 of 65 | Posted by: John and Nancy Whyte Amherstburg

“I met Ron working out at Vic Tanny. What a giant. I fund out that he worked for DPD as did I. I started talking with him and found out what a great...Read More »
46 of 65 | Posted by: Joe Poirier - Grosse Pointe, MI

“Our deepest sympathy to Ron's family. He was a great cousin and wonderful man. I'll never forget the times we spent in the basement of his Dad's ...Read More »
47 of 65 | Posted by: Jerry and Morna Fournier - FL

“Dear Tim and Family Members, May peaceful thoughts and prayers surround you during your time of grief and beyond, knowing that Ronald is walking the...Read More »
48 of 65 | Posted by: Leslie Riley - Grand Rapids, MI

“Tim, my heartfelt condolences to you and your extended family. ”
49 of 65 | Posted by: Serapio Garza, GRPS-Shared Time Prg. - MI

“Florence, So sorry to hear of your loss. 74 is much too young. My prayers are with you and your family. Remember all the good times we had with...Read More »
50 of 65 | Posted by: Barbara Hosmer - West Branch, MI

“So sorry for the loss of your dad. What a beautiful obituary. Exquisite. So so sorry for your loss. Went to GPN w Mike & Ron. :) ”
51 of 65 | Posted by: Liz Burrows Chapin - Canby,, OR

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
52 of 65 | Posted by: John (Jack) Fournier - Burbank, CA

“I am so sorry for your loss. My Prayers and Thoughts go out to you and your Family. ”
53 of 65 | Posted by: Donna Garza Trevino - Detroit, MI

“The epitome of the gentle giant who I remember with a smile on his face. A rock on the tug o war for years. RIP you will be missed. ”
54 of 65 | Posted by: Thomas Collins - Carp lake, MI

“Dear Ron, I am so sorry for your loss. I will never forget how funny you were in High school. I so enjoyed sitting next to you. I am praying for you...Read More »
55 of 65 | Posted by: Kelly Maher - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

“We met Ron and Flo 15 years ago when we moved to Seymour Beach. Ron had an impact on us right away...not only because of his size, but his genuine...Read More »
56 of 65 | Posted by: Rich, Jennifer, Cameron, and Owen Bortolon

“My deepest regrets to Ron's family and friends as he now reached his 'end of watch'. May the dear Lord always be with you Ron and I'll keep you in my...Read More »
57 of 65 | Posted by: Chet Opolski - Fenton, MI

“Flo and Family, Our deepest sympathy on learning of Ron's passing. We all remember Ron as others do - a gentle giant with a smile and terrific...Read More »
58 of 65 | Posted by: Stella and Kraig Kirby and Kris Beardsley and families - MI

spring 2013 Port Austin Michigan “God Bless You and may you be by his side . Dennis Fournier Uncle Flaves son .Mesquite Nv. ”
59 of 65 | Posted by: DENNIS FOURNIER - Mesquite, NV

“Where do I begin!! Ron was a great person. He was fun to talk to about anything...even if it was over a few Blues! He will be missed but Heaven...Read More »
60 of 65 | Posted by: Sandy ,David DeSmet - Saint Clair, MI

“Thinking of you in this difficult time. Love and hugs. The Noyes family ”
61 of 65 | Posted by: Tom & Manna Noyes - Dearborn, MI

“Dear Tim, Ingrid and Talea, I am so sorry for your loss. Tim, after reading about your dad, I know why you are such a wonderful man. My love to you...Read More »
62 of 65 | Posted by: Susie penning - Grand Rapids, MI

“I knew Ron on "THE JOB" and at St Johns. You couldn't ask for a better friend and back-up. I will always have many fond memories of the big guy and...Read More »
63 of 65 | Posted by: Jerry & Barb Ciesinski - Warren, MI

“Tim and family, I was shocked to see your Facebook post. Your dad is one of the best. I remember him joining you and I at the bar one night. He made...Read More »
64 of 65 | Posted by: Ron Smith - St. Clair, MI

“Hi Flo. We are so sorry to hear this news. When Ron entered a room, it wasn't just his size that filled it. His personality and charm were most...Read More »
65 of 65 | Posted by: Bruce & Diana - Fenelon Falls


Ronald Ernest Fournier, a beloved husband, father and grandfather who served 25 years on the Detroit Police Department and 16 years at St. John's Hospital, a towering and gentle man with a broad network of friends from southern Ontario to southern Florida, died Sunday night. He was 74. Fournier died of complications from Lewy Body Dementia. He was surrounded by family at a Grosse Pointe nursing home on Mack Avenue, a few miles from the beat he walked as a rookie cop. He is survived by his best friend and wife, Florence Fournier (née Sharp). Childhood sweethearts, they grew up across the street from each other on Coram on Detroit's east side, wed in 1962 at nearby St. Jude's church, and raised four children in a house they bought on Coram. He died with no regrets. "I had a great wife," Fournier said in an interview last summer reflecting on marriage and fatherhood. "I had a great life with her." For as much as his size and strength intimidated strangers, those who knew Fournier recall mostly his humor. A hilariously quick-witted prankster, he once emerged from the bathroom of a northern Michigan bar with the end of a toilet-paper roll tucked inside his back pocket, then circled each table and barstool until the giggling patrons were tied together in Cottonelle. Then, as always, nobody laughed louder than Florence. "It's an amazing gig," Fournier said, "if you can entertain her." He also is survived by sons Ron Fournier (Lori), Tim Fournier (Ingrid) and Mike Fournier (Rose), and daughter Raquel; grandchildren, Holly (Tom Flickinger), Gabrielle, Tyler, Talea, Rebecca and Nick; brother, Bob and sister, Dorothy (Jim Neate). He is preceded in death by his parents, Victor James and Margaret Laura Fournier, and his sister, Margaret Patricia "Pat" Lane. Fournier loved being a cop, particularly his many years at the motorcycle division. The job required Fournier to keep his Harley Davidson at home, which meant a motorcycle ride for his young children when they waited for him at the corner of Coram and Hayes. One of his favorite assignments was directing traffic at Red Wings games. He often brought his kids to Olympia, where they got to know their father's hero, Gordie Howe. Years later, on a family visit to Traverse City, Fournier drove by Howe's house and saw the hockey legend cutting his own lawn. Fournier's wife and kids had to stop him from bolting out of the car to help "Mr. Howe." Fournier lived to help people, as a member of the U.S. Army military police in the early 1960s, as a police officer and security guard, and as a neighbor and friend. He habitually stopped to help distressed drivers. He quietly donated clothing and food to poor families on his beat. His favorite hobby was house repair – on his friends' houses – a chore best lubricated by Labatt Blue. His size and compassion made Fournier unforgettable, which might explain why he couldn't go anywhere without bumping into a friend, especially in Detroit, near his cottage in Harrow, Ont., or at retirement homes in North Fort Myer, Fla., and Grand Rapids, Mich. Fournier was a loving and proud father and grandfather. "Now I hear fathers saying that it's wrong to let your kids be your buddies," he said last year. "But (my kids) were my buddies. We had fun." He was a fiercely competitive handball and racquetball player until the final years of his life. As a young man in the mid-60s, the 6-foot-6-inch Fournier bulked up to more than 300 pounds to anchor the police department's tug-of-war team. Looking back on his life with pride and pleasure, Fournier chuckled, "I am lucky. I have nothing to be ashamed of. I can look at myself in the mirror. I had great fun." In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made in Fournier's honor to the Lewy Body Dementia Association at www.lbda.org. A Memorial gathering will be held on Tuesday from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm at A.H. Peters Funeral Home 20705 Mack Ave., at Vernier Rd., Grosse Pointe Woods. The American Legion will conduct a ritual at 7:00 pm. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 am at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 21600 Greater Mack., St. Clair Shores. The Fournier family will receive guests at the Church at 9:30 am.

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