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RONALD THIESSEN (RON)
Born: Jul 03, 1936
Date of Passing: Jan 12, 2020Offer Condolences or Memory
He is survived by Herta, his sons, Douglas, Paul and Andrew, his daughter Alyson, and his granddaughters, Athena, Joanna and Rayna.
Born in Winnipeg at Concordia Hospital on July 3, 1936, Ron lived in Rosenfeld, Manitoba for his first 18 years. He always considered it his hometown and remembered it fondly. Growing up he developed a lifelong enthusiasm for sports, especially hockey and baseball, and he cheered for the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Yankees. Talk about picking the winners!
Ron was a loving son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. He took his family on many memorable vacations, loving to fish at Lake of the Woods and ski in the Rockies. Though he took up skiing later in life, he kept it up until in his 70s. Ron also loved music of all kinds, especially hymns, as well as Johnny Cash and Hank Snow.
Ron loved working with and for his father and knew at an early age that he wanted a career in business. He had a long and successful career, beginning as a mechanic and bus driver for Thiessen Bus Lines and eventually becoming an executive with Grey Goose Bus Lines in Winnipeg, followed by periods at Neonex in Red Deer, AB, and President of Grey Goose Corporation (a subsidiary of Laidlaw Group), which he expanded throughout Canada and the United States. In the early 1980s, he was the VP of Laidlaw Canada.
In 1985 he returned to his entrepreneurial roots, beginning with a small distribution company and then Wasteless Environmental Services Inc. with his son Paul. They were an indomitable team and used their knowledge to dominate the industry in Canada and the US.
Ron was a devout Christian and had an active spiritual life. He was active for many years in the Fort Garry Mennonite Brethren (MB) Church as well as River East MB Church in Winnipeg and Lendrum MB Church in Edmonton, where he served on the Board of Stewards and one year as Moderator.
Ron spent the last years of his life in British Columbia, first in a beautiful White Rock condo overlooking the Strait of Georgia, and finally in the Mayfair Personal Care Home in Abbotsford.
Friends and family are invited to pay their respects at a memorial service which will be held at Bakerview MB Church in Abbotsford on February 6, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 25, 2020
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
I had the pleasure of knowing and also working for and with Ron for over 20 years. In addition, I had the distinct pleasure of knowing his wife Herta as well. I cannot describe in words how fantastic it was to have Ron as a mentor, teacher, and friend. I will treasure the times that Ron took me to lunch at his favourite restaurant in downtown Edmonton where everyone knew him as a friend and by first name. These memories will never leave me. It is with deep respect and further with heartfelt condolences that I write this tribute to Ron, for his son Paul (who introduced me to Ron) and for all of Ron's family. I also write this brief note on behalf of my wife Deborah. Deborah really enjoyed knowing Ron & Herta as well. I will never forget Ron's bright spirit, wisdom, business acumen, and his fantastic ability to teach so many of us valuable lessons while making the experience both fun and truly interesting. All the best to Paul and the entire Thiessen family. Our family are thinking of all of you and wish you blessings. Keith L. Hanna, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. - Posted by: Keith L. Hanna (Friend/Employee) on: Jan 26, 2020
On behalf of Ruth Klassen (JOHN R) and family, we send our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to Herta, Doug, Paul, Andrew and Allyson. Many fond memories of times together in Winnipeg, both through church, work at Grey Goose, life on Cameo Crescent as neighbours and friends. May precious memories bring you comfort during this time of grieving and as you prepare to celebrate Ron's life. Blessings and Peace be with you all. - Posted by: Bev Thiessen (Klassen) (friend) on: Jan 25, 2020
Dear Herta and Family, Hugs to you and your family. May God grant you His peace as you mourn Ron’s loss, yet celebrate a life well lived. My deepest sympathies. Roma Klassen Niessen, Kelowna BC - Posted by: Roma Niessen (Cousin) on: Jan 25, 2020
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