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TOWNSEND, Ronald (Ron) Ernest

Ron passed away peacefully on July 22, 2019. He was born in Calgary, AB, on Feb. 1, 1937. Some of his fondest memories were spending summers with his cousin, Ken, helping his uncles on his grandparents’ farm in Wrentham, AB. He married his sweetheart, Donna Elder on Aug 1, 1959 and they raised two daughters, Carolyn and Janice, in Calgary. The family had many great memories and vacations, especially to Kaanapali Beach, Maui before Donna sadly passed away in 1983. Ron valiantly stepped up to the challenge as a single parent and was extremely devoted to his family. Janice met her husband, Brian Fong, in Vancouver and had two children, Ryan and Mataya, who were their Papa’s pride and joy. He was an extremely special grandfather, role model and inspiration. He always made them feel special and loved. He enjoyed sports, especially hockey. Ron was admired for his entrepreneurial spirit and hard work ethic. At 17, Ron bought his first house; at 30, he started operating his own oil and gas consultant business. He had a big personality and connected easily with people. His unexpected comments and quick witted one-liners created much laughter in peoples’ lives. Ron loved nature, early morning walks at the Glenmore reservoir, the clouds, big fluffy snowflakes and the mountains. He built a beautiful cabin in Canmore where many wonderful Christmases were enjoyed.

Ron is survived by his two daughters, Carolyn and Janice (Brian); and his grandchildren, Ryan and Mataya. He was predeceased by his wife Donna; his son, Douglas; his mother and father Mary (nee Marcinko) and William; his cousin Ken Dickie, who was like a brother to him; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clarence and Grace Elder; his uncles, Joe and Johnny Marcinko; and many other aunts and uncles.

Ron courageously battled cancer (multiple myeloma) since 2011. During his visits to the Tom Baker he created waves of laughter and smiles. He was extremely grateful for the care he received. A private family service has already been held. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/NWT division at A special thanks to Dr. Victor Jiminez-Zepeda, the staff of Tom Baker Cancer Center, Foothills hospital and Southwood Hospice. Condolences may be forwarded through

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  1. Maggie Schofield

    I always enjoyed working with Ron, and truly respected him. He and his sidekick, Jim, were always good for a story and a good laugh. Ron was a decent and caring man who will be missed. To his family, please accept my sincere condolences on your loss.

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  2. I am so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. It has been many years since I worked with his wife Donna at Viscount Bennett High School and got to know them as a couple and family. Both Ron and Donna were very special people, and I know they will be missed. Even though I have now lived in Arizona for years, I have never forgotten my friends, Ron and Donna. May peace be with you all.

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  3. Glen and Marjorie Chrapko

    News of Ron’s passing was the end of a 50+ years relationship I greatly enjoyed with him both personal and businesswise. He was
    a dedicated,reliable, hard working business competitor. Always upbeat, enthusiastic with strong opinions I enjoyed his company greatly thru the many years. I will miss him. Condolences to the family. Glen and Marjorie Chrapko Calgary AB

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