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Newsom, William Roland (Ron)

William Roland (Ron) Newsom, beloved husband of Louise Newsom of Calgary, passed away at the Carewest Colonel Belcher on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 at the age of 90 years.

Ron grew up in Stavely and Banff, where he started a lengthy career in the newspaper industry, which took him to Nanton, McLeod, Castor and Olds. He was a twenty year co-owner of the Olds Gazette with Neil Leatherdale. Ron then edited the Rimbey Record before going overseas in World War II with the Tank Corp. Following an injury he served with the Maple Leaf Canadian Army newspaper. After the war he owned and edited the Bashaw Star for seventeen years. While in Bashaw, he was active in the Fire Department, Justice of the Peace, and instrumental in the development of a hospital and a seniors lodge. A long time member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Masonic Lodge and Elks Lodge, serving as the Chaplain of the Calgary Elks Lodge. Ron received the Gold Quill Award for fifty years of distinguished service to the community newspaper profession and Honourary Life Membership. Re-marrying in 1975, Ron and Louise traveled extensively, frequently visiting Arizona. Ron was editor of the Strathmore Bow Valley Standard at Heritage Park until 1984.

Besides his loving wife of twenty-nine years Louise, Ron is remembered by his children, Don (Birdeen), Shirley (Marion), and Michael (Linda); stepchildren, Robert (Betty) Miller, Gordon (Flo) Miller, Jim Miller, Pamela Miller, and Barbara Biles; grandchildren Nathan, Luke, and Kaylene; and many step-grandchildren, especially Alison Biles (Everett), and Stephen Biles; great-step-grandson baby William; and sisters, Joyce (Ken) Willis and Eileen Martens. Ron was predeceased by first wife, Myrtle and stepdaughter Sheila Lea.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Friday, March 12, 2004 at 2:30 P.M. with the Rev. R. H. Grant Rodgers of St. Peter’s Anglican Church officiating. A Family Graveside Service will be held at Queen’s Park Cemetery. To forward condolences go to If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary, #201, 222 – 58 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3 Telephone: (403) 290-0110 or directly to the charity of the donor’s choice.

In living memory of Ron Newsom, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W., CALGARY, TELEPHONE: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Well, this certainly comes long after the fact but I was doing a web search on the Strathmore & Bow Valley Standard and came across Ron’s name.
    Forty years ago, myself and several other students in the journalism program at Mt. Royal College got an OFY grant to publish a paper between May and September out at Heritage Park. Ron tutored us in how to print a newspaper, pre-1915 style. He ran the Linotype (we were afraid to go near it) but he showed us all the other aspects of type setting and newspaper production. It was one of the most memorable summers of my life.
    All of us thought the world of Ron, having had the good fortune to work with such a kind, intelligent, funny, gentle man. And he was a gentleman of the first water.
    I haven’t seen or heard from any of my fellow students who also had the privilege of working with and learning from Ron but I feel safe in saying that their fondness for him would differ little from mine…

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