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McINTYRE, Ronald (Ron) A.

April 19, 1934 – January 29, 2013

Ron McIntyre passed away in Calgary on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at the age of 78 years, surrounded by his family.

Ron is lovingly remembered by his wife, Marion, and his three children Howard, Sharon and Valerie, as well as his brother, Michael. He had a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease, complicated by advanced Lewy Body Dementia.

Ron’s parents, Molly (Rowsome) of Ferns, County Wexford, Ireland and John McIntyre of Upper Grand Mira, Cape Breton, Canada brought up their four boys in Montreal. They endured many hardships during challenging economic times, but they prepared their boys for future opportunities with their encouragement of academic achievement. (The Rowsomes are famed Irish bagpipe manufacturers and players, going back many generations and still continuing today).

At the age of eighteen, Ron was determined to either join the RCMP or enlist for the Korean War. Luckily, the Mounties accepted him into their ranks and his thirty-five and a half year career and great adventure began. Ron’s cadet troop was fast-tracked and deployed into the B.C. Interior with postings in Golden, Ashcroft, Kamloops (where he met his wife-to-be, Marion Chalmers), Lillooet and Kelowna. In 1957, Ron and Marion married, and they moved to Victoria in 1961. Ron’s areas of policing expertise included security planning for large events and dignitaries. Ron was transferred to “HQ” in Ottawa to be part of the Security Planning Team for the 1976 Montreal Olympics. He was then transferred to Edmonton to continue with Security Planning for the 1978 Commonwealth Games then the Protective Policing for the Universiade, the Pope’s visit, as well as many dignitary and royal details including several Canadian Prime Ministers (Trudeau, Clark, Turner, Mulroney and their families); as well as Queen Elizabeth II and many members of her extended family. Ron had his own early brush with ‘celebrity’ on the 1960’s American TV game show, ‘Queen for a Day’; he and a fellow Mountie flew to Los Angeles and appeared on stage, in full Red Serge uniform, representing Canada and promoting a B.C. travel prize. Perhaps the pinnacle of Superintendent McIntyre’s achievements was the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. His pride was not only in the success of his Security Planning team, but also the opportunity to showcase the Canadian spirit to the world via volunteers and the natural beauty of the city and landscape he loved. He received many RCMP Commissioner’s commendations, including one for his leadership as the Federal Security Coordinator for the XV Winter Olympic Games where he was recognized for “the successful planning, coordination and execution of one of the most complex security and policing operations ever undertaken in Canada.”

Following retirement from the RCMP, Ron joined Canadian Occidental Petroleum (now Nexen) as Global Security Manager with responsibilities ranging from negotiating with environmental NGO’s to fostering a positive relationship with the military in Yemen as a means to protect CanOxy’s people and producing assets. During a civil war uprising in Yemen, he oversaw the successful temporary evacuation of all personnel and their families on a French Navy ship, from the Port of Aden.

Ron was a lifelong student of the human condition, always ready to strike up a conversation with a colleague, neighbour or stranger. He closely followed political, economic and business current events, with a regular dose of CBC Radio’s ‘As It Happens’ and The Economist Magazine. Ron’s famous sweet tooth had him asking for ice cream and milkshakes, even after he went into hospital. An enthusiastic father, he coached youth hockey and baseball teams, built backyard shinny rinks, and endlessly bragged about his kids.

Ron is survived by his wife Marion, son Howard and daughter-in-law Dian (Mississauga, Ontario), daughter Sharon (Calgary, Alberta), and daughter Valerie and her fiancé Bill (Surrey, England). He was predeceased by his brothers John and Donnie, survived by his youngest brother Michael of Montreal, and remembered by his many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Ron’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. A heartfelt thanks extended to the staff at Masterpiece Evergreen Care Facility, Dr. Ranjit Ranawaya at the Foothills Hospital Movement Disorder Clinic, and the Rockyview General Hospital Unit 74 and Palliative Care staff for their compassionate care of Ron over these past years. Also, our appreciation goes out to the RCMP Veteran’s Association for their thoughtful visits and camaraderie, and to the individuals with Alberta Health Services and Transition Services for their guidance and support for our family. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, https://www.michaeljfox.org/.

In living memory of Ron McIntyre, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Karen and Gary Lipchen :

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts are with you at this time and will always remember Ron’s smile and laughter. Thinking of you, Karen and Gary

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  2. My sincere condolences to you Marion and your family. My thoughts are with you during this time of your loss.
    John Hunt

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  3. Please accept our sympathy on the occasion of Ron’s untimely passing. As we were barracked alphabetically during our seven months of training we were never far apart through the trials and tribulations of adjusting to a regimented way of life and figuring out what the Force was all about. Ron always had the ability to detect a ray of humour in any situation regardless of how dire it might have seemed in our young lives. It served us all well.
    Sincere condolences, Ken and Chris McEwen

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  4. Marilyn Taylor :

    My sincere sympathy to you, Sharon, and all of you in the family of such an accomplished and courageous Dad and husband. I am thinking of you in this time of great loss and wishing you all comfort in the support of your family and friends.
    Marilyn

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  5. Tim & Ivy-Anne Mitchell :

    Marion our deepest condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.
    Ivy-Anne & Tim Mitchell

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  6. Glenna and Peter Vanderlinden :

    Dear Marion and family,
    We send you and your family our sincere heartfelt thoughts in the loss of your loved one, Ron. He is free of living in silence and now you, Marion can return to a life without the every day stress with coping with this unforgivable disease. You did this with grace and much concern.
    Stay strong, Glenna and Peter

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  7. Dear Marion and family,
    What an interesting and accomplished life Ron lived! He will be sorely missed by you and the kids. My sincerest condolences to you all.
    Affectionately, Trudy

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  8. George Allen, Deputy Commr. retired :

    I had the good fortune and pleasure of being able to serve with Ron for the planning phase and the implementation of security for the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. The complexities of planning for such a massive event, following on the heels of the 1972 massacre at the Munich Olympics, gave rise to many issues and anxious moments but Ron could always be depended upon to have new ideas and a positive attitude to finding solutions. Ron always took his responsibility seriously and was a credit to the Force, at all times an officer and a gentleman. Lorraine and I send our most sincere condolences to you Marion and all your family.

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  9. Elmer Zwicker Assistant Commr. Rtd. :

    Dear Marion and family:
    Ron was a member of our RCMP training squad in 1952. I have followed his career with interest over the years and am proud to have seen the accomplishments and success of my valued friend. Our deepest sympathy to Marion and family.
    Lucille and Elmer Zwicker

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  10. Keith and Nela Lambert :

    We are deeply saddened by your loss and offer our heartfelt condolences to the entire McIntyre family and their loved ones. Ron will be sadly missed but remembered always.

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  11. Doyin Akinyanju :

    Dear Mrs McIntyre, Howard, Sharon & Valerie,
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the sad news about your husband and dad. I was fortunate to meet him and carry with me many fond memories of him from my many visits to Calgary. His jokes, warmth and strength cannot be forgotten. I vividly recall his enthusiastic participation during Sharon’s garage sale, doing chores around the house, siting the dogs and several visits to Val’s favorite restaurants. Sharon and Val both spoke so fondly of him. He was blessed to have you all devote your full attention to care for him and surround him with so much love in his final moments. I admire you greatly for that. While my heart is heavy and your loss is deeply felt, I take solace in the fact that, he has now gone to rest. May wonderful memories of his years with you flood your heart with joy, love and laughter. May the comfort that Only God Almighty can bring, carry you through your trying moments. May you dwell in the love Jesus has for you and may He fill yours and your family’s hearts with peace always. May your loving husband and devoted dad’s gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

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  12. George and Christel Lloyd :

    Dear Marion,
    Christel and I would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of Ron.
    Yours sincerely, George Lloyd

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  13. Margaret Steel :

    Dear Marion,
    I am saddened to hear of Ron’s death. He lived a very significant life and contributed much to make Canada a better place. You and the family have been a strong support to him and to each other. I send you my love and sincere sympathy.
    Fondly, Marg

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  14. Jim and Cidnee Chalmers :

    Dear Aunt Marion, cousins Howard, Val and Sharon,
    Please know Cidnee and I are sending our love your way. Uncle Ron will live in all of our memories. A truly “larger than life” Canadian husband, father and friend.
    Hugs Jim & Cid

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  15. Tom & Sharon Lightfoot :

    We are so sad to hear of Ron’s passing. Our condolences to you and your family Marion. Take care.
    Tom & Sharon

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  16. Andy and Elaine Anderson :

    Marion and family, We are sorry to hear about Ron passing but his last month’s were tough. He would always tell about him playing cupid when I met Elaine in Kelowna. That will be 54 years ago this coming fall. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
    Andy and Elaine

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  17. Dear Marion, I have good memories of working with Ron on the 1988 Calgary Olympics and meeting you and your family. My sympathy is with you as you deal with this loss.
    Bob

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  18. Dear Mrs McIntyre, Sharon, Valerie and Howard,
    I’d like to express my condolences to you all on the loss of Mr McIntyre. I never met him but I know Sharon and Valerie well and because of that, it is easy to see what a great human being he was.
    Yours sincerely, Orestes

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  19. Bob Crukshank :

    Marion
    Sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. Our condolences to you and your family. If I can do anything for you when I am at Mom’s, let me know.

    Bob & Judie Cruikshank

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  20. Sharon, my condolences go out to you and your family. My thoughts are with you.

    Sincerely,
    Elaine

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  21. Marion and family, I am so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  22. Robert Smith, Rtd. . :

    Colleen and I were saddened to hear of Ron’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  23. Halia Valladares :

    Dear Sharon and Family

    My sincere condolences to you and your family. I will pray for him.

    Hugs, Halia

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  24. Sharon: my deepest sympathy for you and the family. I’m so sorry for your loss. Hugs to all, ginger.

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  25. Heartfelt condolences and I pray that as you all mourn you begin to also find peace and fortitude to bear this loss.

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  26. Val and Sharon,

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

    Sincerely,
    Jim

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  27. Marion McIntyre :

    HEARTFELT THANKS from Ron’s family for your outpouring support, prayers and hugs throughout Ron’s journey. You have given us strength to carry forward, as he would want us to do.

    Also, the tremendous support we all received from family and friends from afar who helped us all through these hard times.

    The “Celebration of Life” for Ron was so memorable, and mainly due to the many friends, fellow Mounties and family who were able to attend.

    Many thanks to all.

    Marion, Howard & Dian, Sharon, Val & Bill

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