Ronald V. Aubrey, inventor of the No-Dog Offset Level, passed away March 23,
2016 after a long struggle with cancer. He was 71.
Ron invented the No-Dog in 1987 to help electricians make accurate offset
bends in metal conduit. He shifted from working as a journeyman wireman
to manufacturing and selling this tool full time, and this business has
supported his family for nearly three decades.
Ron was many things over the course of his life, including electrician (IBEW LU 369), United States Marine, inventor, and small business owner. He was a thinker who
also worked with his hands. If something was broken, he'd fix it
himself. If there was a complex problem to solve, he'd invent and build
something to solve it. He loved the outdoors, especially going to the
lake and working in the garden. Ron also had an affinity for music. In his younger years he played
guitar in a rock band with his friends, and throughout his life he
loved discovering and sharing songs with skillful instrumentals.
Ron had a very
special kinship with dogs, especially Nick, the border collie he grew up
with; Misho, the Belgian malanois who looked after his children through
their teenage years; Sam, the border collie mix he loved in his later
life; and Otto, his son AJ's new St. Bernard puppy.
Of Ron, his grandmother once said, "He walked like a man that can get things done."
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in
Ron's name to the ASPCA.