A terminally ill veteran who had an out-of-this-world wish to see “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” before he died got his wish, but unfortunately, has succumbed to colon cancer.
Ron Villemaire passed away on January 22nd.
Villemaire was on hospice care, and his pain was too intense for him to make the trek to a movie theater and sit up for the duration of the movie.
His daughter, Elizabeth Ngo started the hashtag #RonsLastJedi, tweeting at Disney, which owns the franchise, and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. The campaign caught the attention of a couple of local fire departments, who agreed to help escort him to the theater for a special screening of the film.
Before Villemaire left for the screening, he was visited in his hospital bed by Darth Vader. Then it was off to theater, where a hospital bed was set up for him to watch the new film in comfort.
Members of Star Wars fan clubs and the 501st New England Garrison, a unit of the 501st Legion, greeted him sporting Star Wars costumes and props.
His daughter shared the news of his passing on social media.
“This evening at 7:27 pm my amazing father and best friend took his last journey home to heaven. I know he will be with my grandparents and safe with God. I’m thankful he is no longer in horrible pain. Thank you for all of your prayers,” she said.
“I hope God will bless each and every one of them just the way I feel blessed right now. He’s definitely with me right now,” he said at the time. “It’s just unbelievable all these people are here, and thank God for Star Wars fans!”