In memory of
Ronald G. Talney
Ronald G. Talney
July 12, 1936 - Aug. 4, 2019
Ron Talney died Aug. 4, 2019, in Lake Oswego. He was born in New Westminster, B.C., Canada in 1936 to Mark and Nan Talney. After living in various places in the Pacific NW, the family settled in the Portland area. He graduated from Glencoe Grade School, Washington High School and Portland State University. He subsequently did graduate work at the University of Southern California and received his Juris Doctorate degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College.
Ron practiced law in one venue or another for over 40 years, much of it with various legal aid programs dedicated to the representation of indigent and low income clients, for which he was honored by the Oregon Bar Association with the President's Award, its highest recognition for public services. As a pro bono lawyer Ron traveled to war-torn and impoverished countries, such as El Salvador and Haiti, to provide election observation and other legal services, including representation of asylum seekers on the South Texas border and in Southern Florida escaping persecution in their countries of origin.
Ron enjoyed a rich cultural life that included music and literary arts. He published a number of books, including poetry, fiction and memoir writing, as well as numerous freelance articles in professional journals and a monthly column, My World, for the Lake Oswego Review. Ron was best known for writing the official dedication poem for the landmark statue, Portlandia. In his earlier years he was a featured cast member in the Holliday Bowl Opera Co., the New Savoy Opera Co., and the Lyric Theater Society. His last stage appearance was in a production of the Pirates of Penzance in Gill Coliseum starring Sir Martin Greene.
Ron is survived by his wife of over 58 years, Linnette; and two of his three children, Jennifer Talney-Needham (Ben) and Aaron D. Talney (Barbara). He is also survived by his four grandchildren, Autumn (Jim), Gabe, Rachel and Elijah. He was predeceased by his daughter, Allison Talney. His last book, a memoir about the death of his daughter, The Emptied Heart: A Father's Memoir, from Inkwater Press, was published just weeks before his own passing.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m., Aug. 20, 2019, at Finley Sunset Hills, 6801 S.W. Sunset Hwy, Portland 97225. All are welcome and there will be an opportunity to share a poem, memory or anecdote.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Legal Aid Services of Oregon at lasoregon.org or a legal aid program of your choosing. Please visit our online guestbook at www.FinleySunsetHills.com
Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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