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.Print This Obituary & Condolences