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Born: Dec 13, 1947

Date of Passing: Apr 14, 2019

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December 13, 1947 - April 14, 2019

On April 14, Jesus tapped Ron on the shoulder and said "Let's go".
Born in St. Boniface, Ron moved to St. James when he was five. At the age of 18, Ron joined the navy in Halifax, NS and travelled extensively on a DDH ship called the Fraser. Following the navy, Ron's love of teaching led him to provide instruction for adult education upgrading at the University of Winnipeg and Red River Community College. In 1979, one of his student's at RRCC led Ron to Jesus. From there, Ron attended Providence Bible College. Upon leaving Providence, Ron me the love of his life, Linda Mae, and began a 40 year love affair. From this love affair came two wonderful sons, Corban (Heather) and Taylor-James who he loved and adored to the day of his passing. Ron and Linda's son, Jordan, went to heaven 30 years ago. Ron will be missed by his brother Doug.
Ron entered the field of social services working in group homes and Marymound. From there Ron was offered a contract to work with Canada Packers to provide transitional services to older employees. In 1989, Ron became the Executive Director of the Winnipeg Transition Centre which still thrives today offering support for marketing oneself to find work, Career Employment Coach Certificate, Facilitation Skills Certificate and customized workshops.
Ron's legacy includes his professional development training that inspired and contributed to teaching employment counsellors to deal effectively with all kinds of unemployed participants.
Ron was humbled by the opportunities he had been given to lead the WTC and work with so many passionate and gifted staff for the past 30 years. When Ron began the WTC he never expected to provide service, not only in Winnipeg, but across Canada.
Ron was a man of great humour (dry). He was kind and gentle and very respectful to all. Ronnie loved and served Jesus with all his sense of being and was excited to be going home. Ron touched many people's lives.
The family would like to take this opportunity to express their tremendous gratitude to CancerCare Victoria Hospital, Dr. Eren Beshara, and the Palliative Care Unit in St. Boniface.
A celebration of Ron's life will be held at Calvary Temple, 440 Hargrave Street, on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. A private family interment will take place at Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens.
If people so choose, in lieu of flowers, Ron has requested donations be made in his name to Teen Challenge.

Family and friends may sign a
book of condolence at

Glen Lawn Funeral Home

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 20, 2019

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Ron facilitated many of the sessions I took at Winnipeg Transition Centre and helped launch my career! I learned so much from his facilitation style but was most impacted by his insight and recognition of individual participants. After one workshop, Ron took the time to mail me a card highlighting some of the qualities he had recognized in me. That was such a huge encouragement as well as an amazing example of what I believe Jesus did while he was on earth. We had opportunities to connect over the years and a couple of years ago were discussing a possible collaboration of adapting one of his workshops for the faith community. He has left an amazing legacy in WTC as well as impacted countless people across the country! - Posted by: Lavonne Kroeker (WTC connection) on: Apr 30, 2019

  • Heard about Ron Bartlett’s passage while I was attending my follow-up session at WTC. Very sad to hear about his untimely demise. Appreciate and feel truly grateful for his leader ship in founding and nurturing WTC, without whom I wouldn’t have been able to attend today. All in our class felt sad like myself. May his soul rest in peace. Condolences to his family survivors, colleagues and friends. - Posted by: Alex Abraham (I attended WTC) on: Apr 26, 2019

  • I am so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. I enjoyed both a working relationship and friendship with Ron after we started Humber’s partnership with the Winnipeg Transition Centre to provide PD to employment staff in Ontario. Being a former Winnipeger myself and in the same line of work, we shared many experiences. He was a kind and compassionate man who enjoyed life to the fullest and gave others support where he could. I am so sad that he has gone too soon. My condolences to Linda and family. He talked often about you all and I know he loved you dearly. Lois Willson - Posted by: Lois Willson (Colleague) on: Apr 24, 2019

  • I was blessed to work with Ron at the Winnipeg Transition Centre for the last 20 years. He was not only my leader but also became my mentor and friend. There are so many memories I will cherish that was shared over the years. Ron did have a great sense of humour. One story that comes to mind was an evening out with Staff at Celebrations Dinner Theatre. If you are familiar with the venue, the performers and actors also serve dinner. Our server was quite witty with his comments to all of us as he brought out our food and Ron jumped right in with some teasing remarks of his own. During an intermission, part of the program included a dance competition on stage. The actors went out into the audience to select random participants and of course, Ron was chosen. To the delight of us Staff, Ron blew the competition away and won a prize. We never laughed so hard as we did that evening watching Ron with his amazing dance moves! It is hard to believe Ron is no longer with us in body but I know he will guide me forward with his spirit. Ron you were always there for me when I needed your guidance and wisdom, whether at work or in my personal life. It brings me great comfort to know you will now walk forever in the grace of our Lord. - Posted by: Tracey Ediger (Work Associate) on: Apr 24, 2019

  • Sending deepest condolences to Linda, Corban, Taylor-James and Heather. Knowing Ron was a special and humbling friendship. He gave so much of himself and his talents, and with Linda at this side - they were an inspiring team. I found him extremely generous and enjoyed his very dry sense of humour. After meeting Linda at an event hosted by the WTC, I became friends with both of them and was grateful to be included in many social gatherings. May he now rest in Peace, and may the family find solace and comfort in their faith and with the passing of time. Blessings to family and friends. - Posted by: Cheron Long-Landes (Friend and past-student of WTC.) on: Apr 23, 2019

  • I just recently met Ron and Linda and have been completely inspired by them. Their faith and love for each other is so beautiful. Rest in peace Ron, may you be free in the arms of the Lord. My warmest wishes Linda Love Bonita - Posted by: Bonita (Friend) on: Apr 21, 2019

  • Rest in peace Ron knowing I will be there for my sister. She loved you dearly and she will carry that love with her till she arrives to spend eternity with you. I know your sons and their families will be a comfort to her as will Maija. - Posted by: Catherine Stuart (Sister-in-Law) on: Apr 20, 2019

  • Ron was an excellent resource for me and the reason I attended the WTC program. I truly appreciated everyone there. I learned a lot and I thanked Ron, as he was my first contact at the centre. My deepest and most heart-felt condolences to Ron’s family and friends. I didn’t know Ron was a Believer, we would have had another thing to chat about. God bless you Ron. Now resting in the Loving arms of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. - Posted by: Lynda Quinn (Participant @ WTC) on: Apr 20, 2019

  • Ron showed me one could indeed provide leadership while at the same time showing compassion and empathy. He was the perfect balance of strength and gentleness. He was such a remarkable man. Ron was a true example of the servant heart of Jesus. He was and is Beloved. I am so very grateful to have had him in my life. - Posted by: moe Feakes (friend) on: Apr 20, 2019

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