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In Memoriam: Ronald Ralph Baribeau (Oct. 23, 1955 – Aug. 26, 2023)

Ronald Ralph Baribeau passed away on Aug. 26, 2023. 

He was born to Ralph and Mary Baribeau on Oct. 23, 1955, in Salem, Oregon. Ron attended St. Boniface Catholic School in Sublimity, Oregon during his elementary years as well as graduating from Regis High School in Stayton, Oregon. Ron’s education carried on into being a graduate student of the Culinary Institute of America as well as completion of many photography courses to enhance his skills and interests. 

Ron experienced a robust career in the culinary arts as a chef for over 20 years. He and his brother John co-owned the Calvert Inn Hotel in Calvert, Texas where Ron used his many original recipes to craft a tantalizing menu for guests. 

As an entrepreneur Ron created the “Better Cookie Company”, hosting an online selection of his best cookie recipes. In more recent years, Ron shared his culinary expertise with the Gardner House in Stayton and the Upward Bound Christian based camp for persons with disabilities in Gates. 

His love for the culinary arts and sharing it with others also led him to the employment as head chef for the Jesuit Retreat House in Portland.  He  participated in the Culinary Classroom Program for Portland public schools where he exposed the students to the culinary world. His expertise was sought after by Sunset magazine where many of his recipes were published.  He also authored a weekly column in several Texas newspapers titled” Ask the Chef”.

Ron had a passion for photography and had a keen eye.  At one time he was a photographer for JCPenney studios photographing children and families.  

Some of his other interests were collecting watches and repairing them, collecting artwork and sharing his culinary creations with friends and community. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Mary Baribeau and his brother Thomas. Ron is survived by his niece: Michelle Osborn (Elliott) of Clatskanie, Oregon; his brothers Robert Baribeau of Stanfordville, New York; John Baribeau of Dallas, Texas; sisters: Margaret Mary Gilbert-Althaus of Albany, Oregon; and Annette Jensen of Sublimity, Oregon. Ron was uncle to many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. He will be missed and remembered by many. 

Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.  

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