INTENSIVE – Professional dancer Adam McKinney formerly with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and choreographer Sarah Ashkin lead a rehearsal of an upcoming Summer Dance Intensive production Thursday in Allen Hall. Students will dance a 25-minute program Saturday 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. A five dollar donation is suggested at the door. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Ronald Kenneth Lessard

Ronald Kenneth Lessard

Ronald Kenneth Lessard passed away on June 8, 2018, at the Hospice House of Spokane after a short and courageous battle with cancer. He was 64.
He was born on November 13, 1953, in Burien Washington, to Moses and Ellen Lessard, descendants of Etienne Lessard who donated the land for the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre in Montreal.
He graduated from Evergreen High School in 1972. He married Geri Larson (Prechtel) in 1977 and had a daughter in 1979.
He spent the next two decades building his career in the food and beverage industry in Alaska and Washington, and traveling the world with his wife and daughter. He was an entrepreneur, owning several successful businesses throughout his life. He moved his business to Sitka and married Barbara Tatum (Ash) in 1993.
For the past 25 years, Ron and Barb have been involved in the Sitka community, hosting many friends and family at their Lincoln Street home, relishing time with their kids and grandkids, and traveling the world together.
  Ron was a talented musician. He sang and played the guitar daily, always with a smile on his face. He loved to spend time with family and friends, especially while cooking or enjoying the great outdoors. Above all, Ron was a person of service – he believed in giving of his time and energy to help others. His loss is felt by many and he will be greatly missed.
Ron is survived by his wife, Barbara; his daughter, Tera Lessard, who was able to spend the last two months by his side; his step-daughter, Jennifer Grant; siblings Arlene Tracy, Duane Lessard, Lois Scott, Dennis Lessard, Daryle Lessard, Lyle Lessard, and Susan Bushnell; grandchildren Camryn, Carson, and Evan Grant; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
All are invited to a celebration of Ron’s life at Mean Queen (downstairs) 4-6 p.m. on July 5. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Brave Heart Volunteers or the Alzheimer’s Association of Alaska.

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