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MacMillan, Ronald Eugene (Lucky)

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 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.

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  1. Anne Zacharias :

    Dear Eve, my sincere condolences for Ron’s passing. I have such fond memories of working with both of you and Ron. He will be terribly missed. Knowing his faith, I know he is in a better place and that warms my heart. May our Creator bring you strength and peace knowing that Ron will live on in the memory of everyone he ever met, cause once you knew him, you remembered him and his zeal for life and his passion for helping others.

    Sincerely and with a big hug,

    Anne Zacharias

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  2. Eve, I send you my condolences on Ron’s Passing. He was a great guy and I enjoyed working with him to establish Oxford House. My prayers are with you and your family at this time. God Bless.

    Tom Wispinski

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  3. Sheila Morrison :

    Leon and I were so sad to hear of Ron’s passing. What a strong and vibrant life he had. The obituary portrayed his personality so well. I am sorry we didn’t have the time to get to know him better.

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Our prayers are with you. We are just down the road from you. Please call if there is anything you need.

    Sheila Morrison & Leon Schiebel

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  4. Kathy knowles Trottier :

    Eve, prayers, love and comfort reach across the province to you and your family. Ron showed many what one can achieve with determination, faith and courage. He will be missed by many. Love and hugs to you.

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  5. Mike MacDonald :

    So sorry to read the obituary notice for Ron whom I cared for immensely. Ron LIVED his sobriety program and never gave up on me, even when I had given up on myself. The work he did with Oxford House was a miracle and he did not always receive the support he should have in the addictions field, but he always persevered. I was very blessed to consider him a friend, and not sure of where I would be without his continued support. I will not be able to attend the funeral service from Lethbridge but send my most sincere condolences to Eve who Ron called his rock for living. RIP my friend, my life has turned the corner because of the solid contribution of you and others. God bless.

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  6. Eve,

    All I can say is I’m so very sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincerest condolences to you and your family.

    And THANK YOU! Thank you to Ron and to you in all the work that you do. The Oxford House literally saved my life. Putting me close with others I can relate to and giving me the strength & confidence to face my battles head on. And overcome them. Each and every day I win, it’s due to the gift that was given to me. Sobriety. Ron & the Oxford House is a very large part of my success.

    Thank you again Ron. Thank you!


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  7. I would like to express my condolences to Ron’s family and many friends and fellow staff at Oxford House at this sad time of Ron’s passing. His loss is personal to me as his kindness and patience has given me a chance to put my life back together,and for that I will always be grateful.

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  8. So sad to hear about Ron. It’s not good to lose contact with great people while they are alive. A good reminder to keep in contact. Ron gave me my all time favorite joke which I still repeat today. Thoughts and prayers for you Eve. God Bless Don

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  9. Eve and family,

    I am having trouble putting my thoughts together around the passing of a friend I knew as the talented manager of a busy housing foundation during my last several years on the Board of Oxford. I am learning so much more about this wonderful man since his illness and now his passing. His friends speak of him reverently and I now realize how important he was in helping so many people over the years in defeating the same demons that he fought so successfully. I only wish I had known him longer to fully appreciate what a terrific person I was working with.

    My most sincere condolences to Eve and family,

    Cec Lukenbill
    Oxford Board Chair

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  10. Eve
    Sorry to hear about the loss of Ron
    Ron was one special guy, he had a unique way of taking someone in their darkest days and giving hope
    Ron and your efforts have saved lives, mine included
    A good man who will not be forgotten

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  11. Hi Eave,

    I want to offer my condolences. I met Ron on numerous occasions through oxford house. Oxford house saved me from my addiction problems. I was shocked to hear of the loss of Ron. My prayers are with you and your family.


    Ed Belitski

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  12. marvis olson :

    I was in a ladies Oxford house. Ron worked so hard to get each one established he’d drive around & pick up donated mattresses & deliver them. He would settle disputes. He worked so hard and that was before he started on the paperwork & the rest of the program.
    He lived the talk & was so funny. What a guy.
    I’m so sorry for you loss.

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