The Optimists Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Corps: Optimists Cadets 1967, Toronto Optimists 1968-70
Hailing from the Bathurst Heights area of Toronto Ron joined the Cadets in 1967. He moved up to the Optimists Colour Guard for the '68 season taking part in both the Circuit Guard and the summer season. He moved into the drumline in '69, playing cymbals, and then rudimental bass drum for the 1970 season. His Dad (Dave Gault) was a member of the Optimists Equipment Department for many years.
Ron would be remembered, by all, for the battle with the locals, in Titusville, PA, in 1970, where he received a nasty concussion as a result of a crack in the head, with a piece of pipe, from one of the aforementioned locals. After a few hours, at the hospital, he was allowed to return home with the Corps. Taking up residence in the back seat of the bus we had to wake him every hour to make sure he didn't go into a coma. Trouble always seemed to find the Optimists in Titusville!!!
After his Drum Corps career Ron moved to Tilbury, near Windsor, and for many years ran a very successful business in the Automotive Industry following, in line, with his life long love of cars and motorcycles. Tragically, Ron lost his life as a result of a Motorcycle accident on July 15, 2008 at the young age of 55. He left behind his sister Deborah Gault-Pare (former member of the Optimist Lancers) and 2 nieces, 1 nephew, 5 great nephews and 1 great niece.
Ron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . We Remember!