Ron Chittick was remembered today by family and friends as a quiet man who got things done. Hundreds turned out for a memorial service for Peterborough’s former city chief administrative officer who died on New Year’s Eve.
Steve Guthrie was there.
Ron Chittick first came to work with the city in 1981 and continued in several positions, ending up as CAO.
Colleague Brian Horton spoke of Chittick’s professionalism and knowledge of the workings of the city. Horton recalled when the Memorial Centre renovations went over budget at the same as the city faced a 1.2 million dollar outstanding claim by the contractor. He says it was Chittick who saved the city a lot of money
‘And Ron kept hammering back at them, pointing out where they were wrong, why we weren’t paying. And he got that 1.2 million down to 300 thousand. So that afternoon he saved us 900 thousand dollars”
Horton also recalled the mid 1990’s when city staff was under extreme pressure to cut expenses and he and Chittick put in long hours on hot days with a rare chance for a coffee break
“Both windows on the car all the way down, air conditioning just blasting, and Ron smoking cigarettes as fast as he could before we got to Tim Hortons on George Street.
Chittick loved his family, he loved sports and especially when those two came together, at a Blue Jays games or at home. Chittick played for the Peterborough Pete’s back in the 60’s…
His grandson Logan Denoble has followed in his footsteps…
Logan’s mother says there was always a passion for hockey in their home.
“And there was the saturday night tradition in our household where we would watch Hockey Night in Canada with dad, and he would stand and sing the Canadian AND American national anthems. And for those of you who don’t know, he was particularly talented when it came to belting out ‘The Star Spangled Banner’
Ron’s son Lucas spoke of his father’s quiet strength and work ethic which ran through his life.
“He was the mediator, who helped us come to those certain agreements, a calm and respected individual and it’s comforting to know dad’s attributes have been passed onto us”
The family has asked that donations in Chittick’s honour be made to the Peterborough Pete’s Education fund. Steve Guthrie CHEX News Peterborough