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WILLIAMSON, Ronald Albert (Buddy)

March 24, 1932 – Carstairs, Alberta
May 1, 2018 – Priddis, Alberta

Ron, known affectionately as “Buddy” by many, passed away at his Priddis home on May 1, 2018 at the age of 86 years. Born in Carstairs, Alberta on March 24, 1932 to Florence (nee Harrison) and John Williamson. Ron was predeceased by his wife Helen in 2000 and son Kent in 2011. He leaves behind his children Michael, Jeff (John) and Carol (George); as well has his seven grandchildren, Tyler, Todd, Chad, Kaitlyn, Ellen, Bradley and Sarah; and his first great-grandchild Jack. Buddy was one of five children and has been predeceased by brother Jack, sisters LeEtta and Vivian and is survived by brother Ray.

His amazing journey began when he left Carstairs at the age of fourteen to live with his sister in Lethbridge. He completed high school and began a long and varied career in the oil patch; first as a jughound, surveyor, and then as a party leader. He went on to work for his father-in-law Tom Pickford as an agency rep for various flow control and wellhead companies. Ron started his own company in 1959 and Wellhead Controls went on to be one of the most respected and reliable oilfield equipment companies in the patch. This was not only due to his strong work ethic but also his ability of attracting and retaining key people who would follow him on after he sold Wellhead Controls to FMC in 1989. Not one to sit back, he began again with The Pickford Group and brought with him his team (who really was his extended family). Ron’s leadership and stewardship has seen Pickford through recent tumultuous times, never seen before in the energy sector. Ron worked his business with passion and purpose right up to the end and the office now seems very empty without his presence.

Ron was also very passionate about golf, sailing, skiing, traveling and a good game of gin rummy. He loved his farm in Priddis, and would spend countless hours in his favorite John Deere 6430 working the land. He would finish the day off with a good book and his ever-loyal Lab, Pepper, at his side. All of those hours alone in the tractor provided him with inspiration and insight on the larger world around him as there was rarely a topic of interest to which he didn’t voice an opinion.

Always very sharp and witty, Ron’s humor put people at ease. He made friends easily and they became long-lasting relationships that provided him with not only like-mindedness but contrasts to stimulate his natural inquisitiveness.

A private family service has been held. We invite friends and colleagues to come join us to share, laugh and remember Ron at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club (12501 14th Street S.W. Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Tributes commence at 2:00 p.m. with the gathering continuing until 5:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Buddy Williamson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Karen Ford :

    Sorry to hear about Ron’s passing. I have many fond childhood memories with our two families –
    Colleen Crescent, Whitefish, Mame’s and Priddis farms. Hopefully now Dad, Mom, Helen and Ron are back together having a grand old time.
    Love,
    Karen Masson Ford

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  2. Ralph and Pat Wiley :

    Heartfelt condolences to the Ron Williamson family on his passing.
    He was a long time friend and employer.

    Ralph and Pat Wiley

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  3. Pat and John Macleod :

    Carol and Family,
    John and I are very sorry to hear that your dad passed. John enjoyed golfing in the Thursday with your dad. Always fun to be with.

    Pat and John Macleod

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  4. June Donaldson :

    Dear Mike, Carol, Jeff and family. I was sorry to read of your father’s passing. I hope your happy memories of him, and with him, give you comfort at this sad time. He was a nice man – he had lovely energy! Keep well.

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  5. Diane & Barry :

    Our condolences to the Williamson clan. May wonderful memories flood your souls, sustaining you now and always.

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  6. Robert and Heather Walet :

    For Mike, Jeff, Carol and extended family. My condolences. Ron was a boss, a friend and a mentor for most of my working life. I always loved his humour. Especially the glee he got at Christmas time calling out “ mele kalikimaka” . You will be missed

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  7. Janice Bruni :

    Our sincere condolences to the Williamson family from Jan and Mike Bruni. Thinking of you in these difficult times.

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  8. Sandra Zmurchyk :

    Carol, George and Family
    May the most precious memories of your Dad and Grandfather continue to make you smile and bring you comfort and peace. Our warm and caring thoughts are with you.
    With Deepest Sympathy
    Sandra and Jeff

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  9. Janice Cathcart :

    My deepest condolences to all who will miss Ron in our lives. It has been a great pleasure working my 12 years for him and the company. I will miss our daily conversations & his visits to the Edmonton branch. His sense of humor was fantastic & I still hear his laughter in mind, be it a corny joke we shared or just something business wise that would give us a chuckle. Ron took time to ask how are you and genuinely cared about your reply and made all comfortable in his presence.
    May we all remember the small thing smiles that made Ron, Ron and the fond memories we will hold dear of a truly great individual.

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  10. Mari-Anna McCaragar :

    Carol, George and Family
    Our sincere condolences to the Williamson family. Ron was a great man.
    Murray & Mari-Anna McCargar

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  11. Stew Henderson :

    Mike Jeff and Carol,
    Sorry to hear about Ron’s passing. He had a life well lived and will be missed by many
    Unfortunately I am unable to Join you at the golf course tomorrow and I will miss seeing you all and hearing some great Ron stories
    My condolences
    Stew

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  12. Dear Mike, Jeff, Carol and family,

    May your memories of your Dad, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather bring you peace and comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with you today as you celebrate Ron’s remarkable life.
    He was a wonderful and caring man with a great sense of humor.
    Ron will be very much missed.

    My condolences sent with love,

    Dianne

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