And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.
And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today.
He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today.
When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?
A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.
It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?
He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.
Knapton: Ronald John
“Distinguished 38 year Military career culminating
as the Base Regimental Sergeant Major of CFB Kingston”
Passed away peacefully at the Kingston Health Sciences, Centre on Wednesday December 11, 2019 at the age of 89. Ron Knapton, beloved husband of the late Joan Garrah. Much loved father of Jim (Dawn), Bruce (Sandy), Donna Wright, Chris (Barb) and Cheryl Knapton. Cherished grandfather of 12 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Predeceased by 1 son Steven Knapton, by 2 brothers William and Bob Knapton and by 1 sister Phyllis Lusk. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. A Graveside service will be held at St. Johns Catholic Cemetery on Monday December 16 at 11:30 am. A Celebration of Ron’s Life will then be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Br# 92 Gananoque from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff, nurses and doctors at the Kingston General Hospital for their exceptional care and compassion while Ron was in their care.
Ron was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 34 years.
Ron also served in the Military around 38 years and retired from the rank of CWO.