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WILLIAMS, Ronald “Ron” Carey

December 29, 1964 – March 25, 2013

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Ronald “Ron” Carey Williams. Ron had a long hard three year battle with cancer, a battle fought not just with great courage but with humour. Ron was a source of inspiration to his loved ones as he maintained his dignity and considerable sense of humour in the face of these painful trials.

Ron was born in Taber, AB on December 29th 1964. Ron had many passions in his life including motorcycles, cars, trucks, flying, travelling to Japan, and the classic comedy of Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Johnny Carson. Ron spent the majority of his working life in the travel and tourism industry driving and guiding people throughout western Canada and the United States. Ron worked with Brewster, Traxx, MTR, and Brewster once again; through his career he came into contact with so many people and counts many as life-long friends. In addition to this, Ron also had a career in Real Estate.

Ron is survived by his parents Dave and Elaine Williams of Calgary; his sister Latrisha Williams of Los Angeles; brother Troy; sister-in-law Kathy; niece Juliet; nephew Tristan Williams of Calgary; and numerous grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives. Ron’s passing is also a great loss to his special friend Corisa Rose of Toronto, and great friend Rick Lang of Canmore. Ron was predeceased by his grandparents Jim and Florence Graham of Taber and Lucy Duncombe of Raymond.

A Celebration of Ron’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Ron’s family hopes you will join us in this celebration and share your stories and pictures. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222. www.albertacancer.ca/memorial. Ron and his family would like to take this first opportunity to thank Dr. Blahey, Belinda, Dr. Stewart, Krista and all the staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Center, and Dr. Lategan and staff at Peter Lougheed Hospital. Your hard work is appreciated, thank you.

In living memory of Ron Williams, 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. Sharon Johnson :

    Ron’s passing is such a tremedous loss to all who knew this wonderful person. He will remain in our hearts now and always.

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  2. george railian :

    Sorry for your loss. I worked with Ron for a number of years at Brewster’s and found him to be a very happy and outgoing young man.

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  3. I offer my condolences for your loss of Ron. I worked with Ron in Jasper and was in the Japan group with him. Ron was an entertaining character, he will be missed.

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  4. Colin and Debra Stanley :

    We would like to express our sadness at your loss of Ron. Colin knew him through the tourism industry and was a co-worker with MTR. I as well had the pleasure of meeting him and chatting about motorcycles. We are sorry he lost this battle and certainly a challenging one. Our compassionate thoughts are with you and Ron.

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  5. I had the pleasure of working with Ron over the years. He was a great man and will be missed. I always enjoyed having lunch with him and talking with him.

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  6. tom mc mahon :

    Thoughts and prayers to his family. I knew Ron for quite a few years in the travel industry. He was quite the character, I always had fun with him. Keep looking down on us cowboy! You fought a good battle, rest easy my friend.

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  7. Val & Richard Wiens :

    For all of Ron’s family and friends,

    Ron’s battle over the last few years showed what an amazing fighter he was. He held his head high and allowed others to draw from his example. His courage and determination will be remembered, as much as his laughter will be. Even when his time was drawing close, he found the time to aid others that are just starting their battle. Although we will not be able to attend his service, I wish to express my sincere condolences to everyone. He will be missed but lovingly remembered in many peoples hearts and memories. May you all find peace in knowing he is no longer in pain.

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  8. I would like to extend my sincere condolences from my family to yours, at this most difficult time. May god grant him eternal rest.

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  9. Bob Mallalieu :

    It is with a lot of sadness that I heard of the passing of Ron. We were at Brewster together, and if it wasn’t at Ron’s insistence, that we by a house down in Bonavista Downs I wouldn’t be where I’m at today money in the bank, living on the water in Victoria and enjoying life. Thank you Ron. You were a great guy. Go with God my friend. My prayers are with you and to you David and Elaine and family.

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  10. Ron you have crossed over to continue your journey in spirt to a place of peace and to watch over and help guild your love ones through their ventures in life. It was a pleasure to have been touched by your friendship.

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  11. I worked with Ron at Traxx and had met and talked to him numerous times at various tourist stops while he was at other companies. He was always willing to chat and share a laugh. I offer my condolences to your family.

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  12. Ronnie there is a lot less smiling and laughing in the world without you. Thanks for being my friend!

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  13. Wes Van Schaick :

    I am at a loss to learn of Ron’s passing. I worked with Ron during his time at Traxx. He battled hard and fought the good fight. Ron, you will be missed on the road and I have and will continue to think of you often.

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  14. I am sad to hear of the passing of Ron and my condolences to Ron’s family and close friends. I, like many, worked with Ron in the tourism industry. Have spent many meals trading stories. Some true, some not! Ron fought a good battle. RIP RON.

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  15. My sincere condolences to Ron’s family and friends. I worked with Ron for many years at Brewster and always enjoyed his ever upbeat personality and humour. He was always the people person both on the job and with his many friends. He will be missed.

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  16. Ron,
    You are in better place now but we will miss you.

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  17. Marcel Finnigan :

    Dear Williams Family, my thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time of great loss.
    “May tender memories soften your grief,
    May fond recollection bring you relief,
    And may you find comfort and peace in the thought
    Of the joy that knowing your loved one brought…
    For time and space can never divide
    Or keep your loved one from your side.
    When memory paints in colors true,
    the happy hours that belonged to you.”
    Helen Steiner Rice

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  18. James Saunders :

    Ron will sorely missed. I pass my best wishes on to his family and am sorry I am not around to say good bye

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  19. Caroline Fauland Smith :

    My deepest sympathies to the Family. I too worked with Ron at Brewsters many years ago. Though we lost touch, I will always remember his kindness.

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  20. Deidra and Bruce :

    Aunt Elaine, Uncle Dave, Latrisha, Troy and all the family we are thinking of you and send all our love your way. Ron waged an impressive battle and is an inspiration for all those who were lucky enough to be his friend and relative. Taken from us too soon but he left so many memories and messages for us to keep him in our hearts forever. Much love and strength from us to you. Rest in peace Ron.

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  21. norm bowsher :

    I first met Ron as he sold me a new ford at Maclin Ford in 1986 later on he was a great help to me at Brewster Tours. The Williams family is large and to you all my best wishes. Ron contributed friendship and humour to my life and I am thankful for knowing him.

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  22. Darren Price :

    The Final Chapter
    We all gather in the end to remember and share
    In the final chapter of his life, we recall in despair
    And take comfort in the fact that his pain has now gone
    But within each of your hearts, his memory lives on

    For the story of our lives is written by others
    Told by, fathers, mothers, daughters, friends and brothers
    The tale of this man, would be called, “A Tragic Comedy”
    For he so loved to laugh and I’m sure you’ll agree

    He had lots of friends, due larger in part
    To the size of his smile and depth of his heart
    I know he’ll be missed by family and friends
    But because of you all, his memory never ends

    The cousin of a friend, and another friend or two
    They called us “Mental Midgets,” and watch as we grew
    Can’t begin to tell you all the things we have done
    Times at the lake, girls, cars, motorcycles and fun

    But nothing last forever, is what people say
    Hopes and dreams we shared, shouldn’t up this way
    And like most good friends, we had good times and bad
    Stayed close for many years, the ending was sad

    See, I knew Ron, the better part of my life
    And to hear of his passing still cut like a knife
    Can’t erase hurt feelings or change the past
    Mistakes that were made, we’re left with at last

    In the many years of his life, that I was apart
    He hit my funny bone but also touched my heart
    An honest, caring soul, I will not soon forget
    And the unfinished chapter, I will always regret

    To his loving family and close friends
    You have my deepest sympathy.
    I dedicate this poem
    To my long lost friend!
    By Darren Price

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  23. Mel Billings :

    My deepest sympathy to the Williams family. Ron was a wonderful person and a great friend, and will be missed. I am sorry that I will not be able to attend the service, but my thoughts will be with you.

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  24. Cindy Macaulay :

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son Ron. My thoughts are with you. I wish you the best in such a difficult time.

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  25. Lorne Desson :

    It’s very sad to hear of Ron’s passing. I truly enjoyed crossing paths with him. His jovial manner and his great sense of humor always left a smile on my face. I was very much inspired by his courage, his dignity, and his sense of optimism as he battled his cancer. You will be missed. Rest in peace.

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  26. When a tour manager for Brits abroad, Ron was my most preferred Brewster driver. His people skills, knowledge and unfailing sense of humour entertained thousands of Brits abroad and, above all, kept me sane. We stayed in electronic touch but I’m sorry that Ron wasn’t able to visit me in Blighty. Never will never seem such a long time. Both our lives were touched with sadness but Ron brought certain cheer to mine. My condolences to family and friends.

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  27. Elizabeth Wiebe :

    My sincere condolences to Ron’s Family. Ron is going to be so missed. He was such a great friend and so Witty, nothing could get past him and he always made me laugh, even when all I wanted to do was cry for the pain I felt he must be going through. Ron you were one of a kind and you are loved.

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  28. Linda Fellows :

    My heart felt condolences to Ron’s Family. He will greatly be missed from his Coach Driver Family.

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  29. Brett & Corry :

    Aunt Elaine, Uncle Dave, Troy and Trish, our thoughts and prayers are with you right now. We wish we could be home to share our love with everyone and celebrate Ron’s life, but we know that he will always be with us and we will always remember Ron. While we have not been able to be together in the last few years we have thought of him often, his strength, humor, dignity, courage and love. We have been inspired by his attitude and we miss and love him.

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  30. I had the opportunity to get to meet this fine man in the summer of 2010. I will miss him dearly.

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  31. Andrew Whittick :

    My deepest condolences to Ron’s family and friends. Always the gentleman, always quick to point out the good in people and always leaving his audience the richer for meeting him. He’s missed by so many.

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  32. Ron…Its unforgettable my first guiding of Japanese tour group to Jasper with you many years go.You were very kind, gentle, reliable…
    Even after many years you had never change the way you were.
    Fabulous friend, You are with us for ever.

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  33. Leslie Trainor :

    Ron, you will be Truly missed. Your Destiny is complete. For a moment in time you touched many lives, and in the end, you made us all reflect on the important things in life. (faith, hope, love, family, laughter)

    “Irish Blessing”
    It’s easy to be pleasant when life flows like a song. But the man worthwhile is the one who can smile when everything goes dead wrong.

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  34. I met and worked with Ron at Canada Safeway many years ago. I believe he was at Safeway’s, and also drove a Limousine at the same time. He drove my friends and I around for a fun filled night of clubbing which included Electric Avenue. The one memory that sticks out the most from that night, was when we asked Ron to get us hotdogs from one of the carts. He was a very good sport about it and did get us the dogs.
    One of the last times I saw Ron, was a few years ago in Victoria, B.C. My kids and I were venturing out of our hotel, and we spotted this very beautiful double decker bus. We were admiring this bus and asked the driver if we could look inside. Much to my surprise, it was Ron. He immediately let us inside and gave us a mini tour.
    The last I heard from Ron, before his passing was from an e-mail he had sent. It described the treatment he was undergoing, and that he was given another three months. He was hopeful it would turn into another year at least. Just like the previous diagnosis.

    I told my two young boys, about Ron’s passing and they were both saddened.

    I will remember that last time we met for coffee, and will think of you from time to time and realise how precious life is.

    Best wishes,
    I will hold a good thought for you and your family

    Ed Iori

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