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RONALD JAMES PLACE (RON)
Born: Aug 26, 1939
Date of Passing: Aug 21, 2020Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
RONALD JAMES PLACE
August 26, 1939 - August 21, 2020
Ron enjoyed a long and exciting career working in broadcasting and sound for over 40 years from CKRC to CBC Winnipeg. He worked on many musicals, dramas, documentaries, three Olympics and a special project for UNESCO. He also taught TV sound in Kingston, Jamaica. After retirement, Ron did sound at the arena, the stadium and the Manitoba Legislature.
While living for 10 years in Kelowna with Ellie, Ron volunteered at the B.C. Cancer Centre for nine years. Ron and Ellie also volunteered as "Aides de Camp" for John Harvard at the Manitoba Legislature, as well as volunteering at Agape Table.
Ron and Ellie travelled extensively and on one trip they were married on the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Ron brought over 65 years of Amature Radio expertise and experience to the Ham Radio Club. Recently, his name was added to the honour roll for his valuable contributions to the Ham Radio. Ron's brother Dave will take over his call sign VE4PL in Ron's memory.
Ron enjoyed working on projects at the Seniors Club with his good friend Ken Kennedy.
Ron is survived by the love of his life, Ellie Taylor, his children, Steve (Liza), Kristen (George), Scott (Lisa) and Susan, his five grandchildren, Amanda, Bailey, Darren, Owen, Liam, and his great-granddaughter Emily. He also leaves Ellie's children, Tracy (Norm Cote) and their families, and Dani (Shelley Martin).
Ron will be missed by his many wonderful friends and CBC colleagues, by whom he was respected and admired for his knowledge, his work ethic and his gentle spirit and kindness. A heartfelt thank you to everyone for all the visits, phone calls and emails that lifted his spirits in the final weeks
Ron's family wish to thank the very caring staff at CancerCare Manitoba. A very special thank you to Dr. Ian Kasloff, Ron and Ellie's physician, for his excellent care and compassion shown to Ron.
Observing Ron's wishes, there will be no formal service. A private family celebration of Ron's life will be held at a later date.
In memory of Ron, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba. Make a donation to
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 29, 2020
Condolences & Memories (15 entries)
So sad to learn of Ron's passing.. I had a great privilege to have worked with Ron at CBC Winnipeg. He was one of the best sandmen I ever worked with.. Total pro and at the same time easy going and always fun to be with.. countless memories from our trips will always stay with me Condolences for all loved ones - Posted by: Ben Matilainen (Colleaque) on: Jan 26, 2021
Saddened to hear of Ron’s passing. Remember him as a kind gentleman who videographed my wedding in 1991 and was a dear friend to both my mother Joyce Haip and her friend Liz Kobic, (CBC Winnipeg alumni). Condolences to his family. - Posted by: Kirsten Schmidt (nee Haip) (Daughter of coworker of Ron’s) on: Nov 24, 2020
Today we have lost a great Ham Radio member and a person that was always ready to Help if needed. We will miss you when coming to Kelowna, as you did many time, always making sure to drop into the Brown Bag for coffee and to bring us all up to date on your new projects. We are sad to see your smile missing from our coffee table. - Posted by: Wayne Bignell VA7WB (Ham Radio Friend) on: Nov 09, 2020
I met Ron in the 80's through the Winnipeg Repeater Society and was invited to do some work on the with him on the ham repeater 300 feet up the Starbuck CBC tower. All went well until Ron pushed the down button on the elevator and nothing happened. Ron floated the idea of climbing down and may have even been half serious. To cut a long story short the guys on the ground were able to bring us down using their control panel. Panic averted. Can't ever remember Ron saying anything nasty over the air or in person. He was a good guy. - Posted by: Clive Russell (Fellow Ham) on: Oct 05, 2020
Travelled to many assignments with Ron. A total pro and gentle spirit who, when time allowed, searched for souvenirs to bring home from our various destinations. In the late 70's, in Tijuana, he bought a fringed leather jacket at an outdoor market. On our flight home he tucked it away in the overhead storage. On arrival in Winnipeg he reached up to retrieve it. With a tug, the sleeve came away from the jacket. The look on Ron's face was ...priceless. A good man in whose company I always felt secure and lighthearted. - Posted by: Morris Karp (former colleague) on: Sep 05, 2020
I had the pleasure of working with Ron for 30 years at CBC Winnipeg. He was always the total pro. To Ron whether we were working on a hit into 24 Hours or a big network special, he always left no stone unturned to make sure it was as good as it could possibly be. In retirement Ron & Ellie spent about 10 years in Kelowna where we had many special occasions together. Lots of parties, laughs, and many miles traveled together. Thank you for being such a special part of our lives. RIP Ron, you will be missed. Your friends Brian & Marilyn Lawrence - Posted by: Brian & Marilyn Lawrence (Colleague and Friend) on: Sep 01, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Ron's wife and family. Ron was a wonderful person, and memories of him will always be treasured. - Posted by: Beverley Harland (Ron's friend) on: Aug 31, 2020
I new Ron since 1983 when I got my ham radio license. He was always a pleasant man. He will be missed. 73 ve4mm - Posted by: Michael Mark (Friend) on: Aug 30, 2020
From the day I started working at CBC in 1972, Ron was one of my favourites....and for so many reasons: his competency as an audio technician, his work ethic, his capacity for friendship....I could go on and on. .. How thrilled I was when he moved to Number One Evergreen Place where I lived for so many years, and how delighted I was when he teamed up with Ellie, whom I always liked! They were a terrific couple, and my heart hurts for Ellie. My deepest sympathy to the Taylor-Place families. Ron represented the best of us. Ms Frankie Glickman Victoria B.C. - Posted by: Ms Frankie Glickman (CBC colleague and former neighbour) on: Aug 29, 2020
Remembered as a patient, loving husband of Ellie. Totally devoted to their relationship. - Posted by: Maggie Barnett (friend //nursing classmate of his wife ,Ellie) on: Aug 29, 2020
Ron was another of the good guys at the the CBC and he will be missed. Our thoughts and payers are with Ellie and the rest of the family. Lionel Moore - Posted by: Lionel Moore (Friend and Colleague) on: Aug 29, 2020
Will miss your great conversations. - Posted by: Jim and KathyHouston1 ( ve4’s, QH and ZOE.) (Ham friends) on: Aug 29, 2020
Where to start? I was a "control operator" at CKRC and Ron was still a student at Kelvin when we met. Ron, as a ham operator had qualifications that made him ideal in the control room. I later worked with Ron when we both ended up at CBC. The hilarious stories involving Ron (and me) could go on for hours. I lost track of him when he moved west and was so sorry to hear only recently of his illness. We would search in vain to find anybody with a negative word to say about him. - Posted by: Murray Parker (friend and collegue) on: Aug 29, 2020
Ham radio has given me the unique experience of mourning people I have never met. I had many conversations with Ron on the radio. I will miss that. My condolences to Ellie and family. 73. - Posted by: Scott Miner (Fellow Ham) on: Aug 29, 2020
I still remember the change of moving from Radio to TV audio, and worrying about the challenge. However, Alf Rose had the smarts to glue me to Ron Place and just say: “Watch this guy carefully and pay attention to whatever he tells you”. Ron was the best mentor anyone could have. It wasn’t just that he had so much knowledge to pass on, it was that he passed it along so willingly. Ron always seemed to know if I “got it” and, when I didn’t, he would very patiently ‘go over it again’. Bev and I remember Ron well, and offer Ellie and Ron’s entire family our sincerest condolences. You have lost someone who was the best and who will be missed by many. - Posted by: Rick Inglis (Colleague and friend) on: Aug 29, 2020
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