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Ronan Smyth

Edmonton, AB 

February 12, 2006 – May 5, 2019 

Ronan was a highly athletic 12-year-old boy who was known for his humor, giggle, friendships, kindness, great hair, and love of shoes. He was our firstborn and was such a great big brother to Aidan, who is three years younger. He was quick with his wit and with his speed between the pipes as a goalie in ice hockey. Ronan was naturally athletic and was fast on his feet when he played soccer. It’s hard to believe that two weeks prior to his first symptom, he scored five goals in his soccer game. Although his position was goalie in ice hockey, he loved to play out as a player in ball hockey. He made it fun to watch. His love of ice hockey was intense. Ronan wore number 31 on his goalie jersey, and that would later be the inspiration behind the helmet stickers his aunty, Jen, created for us so we could always carry a piece of him on and off the ice. 

Ronan, through pure grit and resilience, made it to his 13th birthday in February 2019 and he made it to see his brother turn 10 that April. He battled for 278 days. He left on his terms with little warning. He was a warrior and our hero. We miss him dearly.

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