May 10, 1946 – Calgary, AB
December 6, 2014 – Calgary, AB
Ronald MacMillan, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, passed away peacefully on December 6, 2014, with his family at his side, at the age of 68 years.
Ron will be sadly missed by Eve, his loving wife of 27 years. Also missed by sister Lynda, brother Ken, uncle Doug (Lynn), and his children; Lisa (Al), Tammy (Dan), James (Robin), 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Numerous nieces & nephews, many friends and colleagues will also feel his loss. Ron is predeceased by his father Norman, brother Robert, son Michael, and mother Edwina MacMillan.
Ron was born and raised in Calgary, growing up in Hillhurst and Wildwood. He liked to share that one of his fondest memories while in junior high school was playing hockey as a right winger and scoring 12 goals in one game! Ron’s first venture into employment was in his fathers’ two Calgary businesses. In 1969 he joined his parents in Penticton, BC, where he worked at their Shady Rest Trailer Park. Among Ron’s great loves was sports (aside from his fantabulous wife and awesome family and friends), loving the Flames, Stampeders, and Blue Jays. Ron was an avid golfer. We all knew he would find a course to play on wherever he went. He loved to travel to Mexico and had many favourite places and people in Mazatlán. We all know that Ron loved to entertain those around him with his amazing and ever-ready repertoire of jokes and stories, many of which will make us smile when we remember them.
Later life’s journeys for Ron took him to a number of places in the Okanagan and eastern Canada. Returning to Calgary, he started his own company, A1 Quality Drywall and operated a successful business for more than a decade. Ron’s own path of recovery, now at 29 years of sobriety and love of helping people led him into the addictions field where he worked for Trinity Industries and Simon House.
In 1994, Ron found his calling when he first learned of the Oxford House model of recovery. First working as a volunteer to bring the Oxford Houses to Canada, he was then hired as Executive Director of Oxford House Foundation of Canada. Throughout his time with Oxford House he held a personal belief that anyone could overcome their addiction and live life to the fullest. From $2.68 in the bank to over $12 million in housing assets, Ron’s legacy will live on in the 31 Oxford Houses in Calgary and Edmonton dedicated to those suffering from addictions.
The family wishes to thank the staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and Foothills Medical Centre on Units 32, 36 and 47 with special thanks to Dr. Brian Geremia.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers memorial tributes may be made to the Oxford House Foundation of Canada, #204, 1409 Edmonton Trail N.E, Calgary, AB T2E 3K8.
In living memory of Ron MacMillan, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences