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SVEEN, Ronald “Ron” Alan

November 29, 1949 – Barrhead, AB
April 22, 2014 – Calgary, AB

It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Ronald “Ron” Alan Sveen on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the age of 64 years.

Ron always strove for excellence, whether it was pulling the perfect espresso or capturing a spectacular photograph. His lens was largely focused on nature, but his favourite subject was his family. Every new interest became a passionate quest for perfection. He was an avid fly fisherman on the Bow and other rivers throughout Southern Alberta – trying to reel in the big one. His latest pursuit occurred in the newly renovated kitchen, where he used a variety of cooking gadgets to create the world’s greatest gluten-free apple pie with a fantastic flaky pastry (although he claims there was still room for improvement).

Ron had a strong thirst for knowledge. He was an avid reader and an early adopter of the latest technology. Throughout his lengthy career, Ron was a talented, well-respected and devoted teacher, winning an Excellence in Teaching Award in 1990 and retiring from the Calgary Board of Education after more than thirty-five years. He specialized in teaching students with learning disabilities and was instrumental in establishing the GATE program at John Ware Jr. High. Ron also founded an innovative robotics program and coached the Longhorn Robotics team to three First Lego League World Championships, taking home a first place victory in 2008.

Along with his wife Joan, Ron helped foster Shelties through Alberta Sheltie Rescue and had a real talent for rehabilitating dogs. Zorro and Shadow were his faithful walking companions, checking out surrounding parks and pathways around Calgary.

Ron is survived by his wife and soul-mate, Joan; daughters, Ashley (Michael) and Marki (Jesse); and son, Michael. He was “Papa Ron” to grandsons, Kyle and Liam Alan. He is also survived by his sisters, Cathy and Lauree (Dave); and brother, Rob (Leanne). We take comfort in knowing Ron is now in the loving arms of his mother, Evelyn, and his father, Arnold.

A Celebration of Ron’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Alberta Sheltie Rescue, P.O. Box 72079 RPO Glenmore Landing Calgary, AB T2V 5H9 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.

In living memory of Ron Sveen, 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. My sincere condolences on the passing of Ron. I was fortunate enough to have known Ron for a few short years at John Ware. He was an excellent teacher, full of compassion, wonder and understanding. I can only begin to imagine the many hundreds of lives that were blessed through their contact with Ron.

    Ron was also a mentor. I learned many lessons from him just by watching and listening to how he related to the kids in our GATE program. We shared a passion for fly fishing and an interest in Hemingway.

    Ron always spoke about his family with great respect, admiration and affection. I can’t imagine your sorrow, but please know that there is an extended community of Ron’s fans holding you all in our hearts.

    I believe Ron’s legacy will be long lived as we all share what we were lucky enough to have gleaned from him in our everyday interactions with students, friends and family. He will be sorely missed, but ever present.

    Hal Curties

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  2. Caroline Hendry :

    I am saddened to hear of Ron’s passing. I knew Ron through my many days subbing at John Ware (quite a few of which were for Ron.) He was always excited to share his gluten-free recipes with me. We also shared a passion for shelties. I’m sure he will be missed.

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  3. Rick Patterson :

    I was fortunate enough to work with Ron at John Ware, where he stood out as a tremendously dedicated teacher and just simply a terrific human being. It was obvious that he cared deeply for the kids he worked with and it was equally obvious that they had enormous respect and admiration for him, not just because of his skills but also because of his character. I took from him lessons in patience, communication, compassion, and humor. His retirement left a big hole in the teaching profession, but he had already made a great contribution and had earned his rest. His passing saddens me of course, and I offer my most sincere regrets to his family and friends at this profound loss, but I also feel that much more inspired to get out there and carry on the good work into which he invested so much of himself. I will teach a little better tomorrow, I will try to be a better person tomorrow, and I will think of Ron Sveen.

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  4. Brenda Sledzinski :

    Joan, I am so, so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine losing my partner right as we are starting our retirement together in what should be some of the best years of life. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Brenda

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  5. My deepest sympathies to the Sveen family. I was lucky to enjoy Mr.Sveen as a teacher at John Ware many years ago, he was a lovely man and will be missed by many.

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  6. Joan, I can not express my sincere sympathy for what you are going through with your son right now. It is a pain that few can understand, but unfortunately, I do. Stay strong for each other, laugh and cry together as you remember Ron and all the stories of life together. Lean on your friends and don’t be afraid to reach out for help. I am only a call away if you’d like to talk. I have been down this road, and although it is tough, it comes with healing over time. God Bless you all!
    Jenny

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  7. Jill Rodrigues :

    Hi Joan
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Ron will always occupy a special place in my heart. He introduced Alex to his passion and taught him so, so much, not only about robotics but how to excel at anything he put his mind to: the importance of effort, planning and above all practice, practice ,practice! I will always remember the endless timed practice sessions for the kids in our basement with robotics. By the time they hit the competitions they were a well tuned machine, thanks to Ron. He was an amazing coach, a wonderful person and his legacy lives on in the lives of the kids he poured his passion into. Thank you for sharing him for all those hours.

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  8. Alison Collins :

    Joan, so sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest condolences are with you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  9. Shirley and Terry Hill :

    Joan and family
    We offer our sincere condolences to you and your family. We are wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless!

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  10. So very sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. He was such an amazing person on so many levels and will be missed by so many. I learned so much from Ron in a short period of time and will always remember him for his patience, common sense and sense of humour.

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  11. Dawn Ewonus & Rob Thompson :

    Dear family,

    We are all so sad to hear of Ron’s passing. He was such a kind and gentle soul. We will miss his beautiful smile and wonderful laugh. He created so many wonderful things – the best things I think, are his beautiful children. You are all in our hearts and thoughts. We love you all.

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  12. Barbara COLBORNE :

    Joan I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine what you are going through. You are in our prayers. Much love Barb

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  13. Erin Marchak :

    Mr. Sveen was a hugely influential teacher in my life. He inspired and encouraged me to pursue my interest in math and technology. By encouraging a young GATE girl at John Ware to challenge the norm and dive into technology, he was able to set me on the path that has since defined my life.

    Mr. Sveen was a force for change in the world, and we are less for the loss of him. I’m so sorry.

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  14. Wynne Chisholm :

    Joan and Michael,
    My heart aches for you both and the extended family. I was so saddened to learn of Ron’s unexpected passing. I hope there are lots of laughs amidst the tears as you share memories and celebrate his life. I always enjoyed seeing him at various Stampede events – his warm smile and ready laugh will be missed.

    Hugs from the Chisholm Family

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  15. I was shocked to hear of Ron’s passing. He was an amazing man who was passionate about life – his family, students and Lego. I saw him a few years ago and he was thrilled in his new role as a grandfather. My condolences to the family.

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  16. Ingeborg van Driel :

    Dear Joan and family, with great sadness I learned of Ron’s passing. From across the mountains I am sending you and your family my heartfelt condolences. You, and we all, have lost an exceptional human being.
    I will always remember his compassion, his amazing expertise in so many fields, his joyful laughter…
    I hope you and yours will find courage and peace in the days ahead. My thoughts are with you.
    Ingeborg

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  17. George Belcher :

    Sometime, God willing, I’m going to give the whole version of what I’ve written to Joan. She can pass it on as she sees fit, or not at all. It’s far too raw for general consumption.
    1968 was a year when the world changed. Soviet Tanks rolled in the streets of Prague, American cities burned in race riots, King and Kennedy were violently killed, we went wild over young Pierre Elliott Trudeau and the promise he held for Canada, and I could go on for pages. It was in 1968 at the U of A that three students met in mandatory phys ed class. Alan Douglass from Edmonton, George Belcher from Ottawa, and Ron Sveen from Barrhead. A dance began that lasted 46 years.
    I had the privilege to being Ron’s best man when he married Pat in 1971. I was over the moon when he honoured me and Helen by being our best man in 1973. Pat was our Maid of Honour,so we felt doubly blessed. And that was all we had, at our stripped down hippie wedding, those two…you cant improve on perfection.
    Ron was blessed with two incomparable spouses, Pat and Joan and three outstanding children: Ashley, Marki, and Mike.
    The oldest of four, we followed the impressive progress of Ron’s siblings Cathy, Lauree, and Robert, even though we didn’t see them much.
    Ron was smart, passionate, handsome as hell, and more than a bit of a rogue (if you want a picture think of, say, Erroll Flynn. ) He was loyal to his friends to a fault, compassionate, and more then generous to everyone, colleague, student and all whom he met on life’s journey..
    I loved Ron, and so did Alan. And checking out the way he did, he broke my heart. In that I’m not alone.

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  18. Janice ( Sanderman) Steinbring :

    I went to school in Barrhead with Ron – he was a great friend. Evelyn & Arnold raised a wonderful family there including Cathy, Lauree & Rob. When Ron was up to see his parents he would often stop in to see Bruce & I at our store. Often he would have one of the kids in tow – he was a very proud father & husband. We will remember him fondly.

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  19. Barbara Dixson :

    I am so sorry to hear that we have lost Ron. He was always the cool older cousin when I was growing up and I was happy to get to know him again at our family reunions.
    Joan, Cathy, Lauree and Rob my deepest sympathies are with you. Distance made it impossible to attend the memorial, but my thoughts are with you.

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  20. Vicki Casella :

    It is clear that Ron was a wonderful man by the things said here. What a great loss. I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Joan.

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  21. Glenn Evans :

    Very sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. Thank-you to Ron for his mentorship to fellow teachers at John Ware.
    Brown trout beware! Go get ’em Ron!

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  22. Patricia Sealy :

    Ashley and Marki, and family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I will keep you in my prayers.

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  23. Linda Legg :

    Dear Joan and Family,
    I am shocked and saddened to hear that you have lost your hubby, Dad and Papa!
    I first met Ron when we both taught in St. Albert many years ago and was delighted when we both ended up living in Oakridge! I loved teaching Michael (you were such a sweetie, Michael!) and I know how very proud of you both your Dad and Mom are! I loved hearing Papa excitedly talk about his special grandsons and their great parents!! Please accept my sincere condolences!!!
    Hugs!
    Linda Legg

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  24. Della Roberts :

    Dear Joan, Cathy, Lauree, Rob and families,

    We are holding each of you close in our thoughts.
    I am so sorry for your family and for the loss of Ron from our extended Roberts family.
    Ron will be deeply missed.

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  25. Darlene Hunt :

    Dear Marki and family,

    Right now it must feel as if your whole world has been turned upside down. Your world will not be the same without your Dad.
    Grieve at your own pace and heal in your own time.

    With Love and Friendship
    Darlene Hunt and Sandy Alvarez-Toye

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