Herman Kees ‘Case’ Ronde
In Case’s words: “Hi di Hi, to All ….” On Jan. 25, 2010, our beloved friend H. K. “Case” Ronde passed away peacefully with his mother by his side in The Netherlands. He left us too soon at the young age of 44. Case fought more than three years battling melanoma. Determined never to give up, Case was always in pursuit of the best day ever!
While melanoma took Case’s life, it never once crushed his spirit or zest to live. As a global ski Instructor, Case had a gift of teaching across the board in alpine, telemark, snowboard, and adaptive skiing, yet it was his disabled students he loved the most. It was Case’s personal mission to give each of his students the best day ever. He made a difference to the lives of those who could not see, hear, or move their bodies with ease, helping them to find their wings with grace and freedom on the snow.
Case attained the highest education in all aspects of his career. In The Netherlands, Case’s birthplace, his specialty work was mechanical process control and combustion engineering. When he was not teaching skiing or snowboarding, Case enjoyed capturing images as a freelance filmmaker and photographer. He also enjoyed paragliding, scuba diving, windsurfing, mountain biking and most recently in India he realized one of his biggest life dreams-learning how to pilot a helicopter. Mostly, Case commands huge respect for traveling to four different continents to live in search of a cure. Case, you never gave up. You will be in our memories and hearts forever living each day like it is the best day ever.
Case is survived by his mother, Netty Van de Ham from The Netherlands. Netty extends her sincerest gratitude to Case’s friends and supporters for your encouragement and loving kindness in helping him live out his journey.
A public memorial service will be held at Snowmass Ski Area on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. Meet at the Burlingame chairlift at 3:30 p.m. to upload to the Picnic Palace Deck. The memorial service will begin at 4 p.m. Ski down afterward, or download on the Burlingame lift for a memorial gathering at the Treehouse. For those attending the Treehouse memorial gathering only, plan on the celebration beginning around 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Case’s medical fund to help cover outstanding medical expenses. Please make checks payable to the order of: Melanoma Fighting With Case. Mail checks to: Alpine Bank; P.O. Box 5490; Snowmass Village, CO 81615.
With respect, love and admiration … rest in peace our beloved friend.
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