Joseph Ronald Dravitzki (Ron)

18 Aug 1933 - 12 Mar 2021

Joseph Ronald Dravitzki (Ron)

18 Aug 1933 - 12 Mar 2021

Peacefully at Marinoto Rest Home, Inglewood on Friday 12 March 2021, aged 87.  Dearly loved husband of Verna for 63 years.  Loved father and father-in-law of Martin and Trish, Paul and Julie, Gillian, Nigel and the late Pauline, Graeme and Suzie.  Loving grandfather to his 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.  R.I.P.

In preference to flowers please consider a donation to Diabetes Taranaki.  Messages for the Ron’s family may be left on his tribute page at 

Requiem Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Standish Street, Inglewood on Thursday 25 March 2021 at 11.00am, then moving to Inglewood Cemetery.  Rosary will be prayed in the church on Wednesday evening at 5pm. 

For those unable to attend, Ron’s funeral will be live streamed via his tribute page.


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To Verna and whānau
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
RIP Ron.
From the van der Poels

Jacky Kopu / Jo van der Poel ( 26 Mar 2021 )

I love you grandad and will always remember watching cricket with you and how you will always make me laugh by yelling the the refs. RIP

Alex ( 25 Mar 2021 )

Anna Marie and I are so sad to say goodbye to another Warea Friend. We send our condolences to you ,Verna, and your family. We were watching the funeral service online from Alberta and were praying with you.

We can't help but think what a great reunion there must be in heaven with Ron and Pat Brophy! Our two oldest sons , Michael and Scott, who began their education at Warea School also send their condolences.

We have such fond and lasting memories of our time with you all and especially cherish your visit with us here in Wetaskiwin in 2008.

Russell and Anna Marie Kyba

Russell and Anna Marie Kyba ( 25 Mar 2021 )

To Verna and family
Our thoughts are with you all.
Thanks for shaing the service on line. It was lovely to watch. However it was a challenge to work out who was who...
Merrilyn and Denise

Merrilyn and family ( 25 Mar 2021 )

A patient sufferer at rest. Lifelong memories live on. Thinking of you all. Love from Tasmania Maureen and Maurice Gatenby

Maureen and Maurice Gatenby ( 25 Mar 2021 )

Dear Aunty Verna,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today. Please accept our deepest sympathies. We wish we could be there with you to offer our love and support.
Big hugs.

Phoebe, Scott and kids.

Phoebe and Scott Cridge ( 25 Mar 2021 )

Dear Uncle Ron,⁣

An uncle such as you is oh so rare
Your shining eyes and beaming smile
Showed that you did really care
Even if we did not see you in awhile

We always looked forward to your visits
Aunty, cousins and lovely afternoon teas
You would send us out in the paddocks
Then laugh and bounce us on your knees

Over the years the miles have kept us apart
We have missed you and your funny antics
Always being so proud and not showing your heart
But we know you really are just a romantic

Your big brother of you always so fond
You both told us many a crazy tale
It was good to see brothers with such a bond
Truth betold your funny stories were largely due to ale

Thankyou Uncle Ron for being in our lives
You have taught us how noble an Uncle can be
We have our own families now, chidren, husbands and wives
It is time to rest and look upon us and we look up at thee

Rest in Peace
Michelle, Murray, Philip and Families

Michelle A Russ ( 25 Mar 2021 )

Dear Verna and family Our condolences to you all.We shared so many happy times over the years Your presonality and caring example to others Ron will be so fondly remembered Gordon and Val

Gordon and Val ( 25 Mar 2021 )

Our thoughts and Prayers are with you Aunty Verna and family during this sad time. Uncle Ron was a wonderful uncle will be sadly missed by us all. Love from Brian, Carol and family xxxx

Brian and Carol Dravitzki ( 24 Mar 2021 )

To Dad from your second son,
Thanks, for all you have done for me.
For rearing me that is a huge commitment of time and energy
For installing good values that helped shaped my life, honesty, work ethic, self-belief, respect, empathy to name a few. These were things lived every day not talked about.
For always being there when needed but from a distance that allowed me to make my own discussions and mistakes.
So much more but trying to keep this shortish
I have often commented on people
1/ Would I be stuck on a desert island with you? you would be first on the Island with your strength, intelligence, resourcefulness, and dedication we would overcome and be off the island in no time as long as we didn't have to rely on fishing never that lucky there.
2/ Would I go to war with you? every time I can't think of anyone better you always put others first, with strong leadership and morals and when appropriate you could be a little scary, and I am sure you took a few bullets for me over the years
Even though we don't share all the same ideas on life I will always respect your total commitment to your beliefs, values, and family ( you walked the walk)
In closing, it is a honor and privilege to have been lucky enough to have you as my Dad.
RIP see you on the other side

P A DRAVITZKI ( 24 Mar 2021 )

Dear Verna and Family, my sincere condolences. I remember Ron clearly with respect and gratitude. His influence and belief that a bunch of scrawny, rag-tag cow-cocky kids could do anything they set their minds to, sticks with me more than 40 years after leaving Warea Primary.

Paul Riordan ( 22 Mar 2021 )

RIP Our thought are with you all during this time. x

Tina & Frank ( 19 Mar 2021 )

Dearest Verna & family. Our thoughts are with you all on this sad occasion. Ron was a special part of our family at Warea. Love you always. Jane & Ian Donald Lisa & Bridget xx💕

Jane Donald ( 17 Mar 2021 )

To Verna and all the family, my thoughts are with you all at such a sad time, Ron was a wonderful Headmaster and Teacher at the Warea School when our children, Debbie and Daryll, (adults now of course) were attending Primary School and also fantastic neighbours. Rest in Peace dear Ron your work has finished. Deepest sympathy. Lots of love Jean Hastie (Horgan)

Jean Hastie (Horgan) ( 16 Mar 2021 )