MacDonald, Ronald Wayne
May 16, 1937 ~ August 22, 2012
Ron was born in Weyburn Saskatchewan on May 16, 1937, the only child of Norman and Mabel MacDonald. After high school Ron worked in and around Weyburn until his job with Imperial Bank took him to Mayerthorpe, Alberta in 1959. It was there that he met his future wife Barbara Keeley. Ron’s job transferred him to Edmonton Alberta in 1960, and he and Barb married in 1961. In 1966 Ron resigned from the Imperial Bank to join the municipal police force in Ponoka Alberta. When the RCMP replaced the municipal police in 1969, Ron went to work for Jack Moxium Security, and in 1970 was transferred to Princeton as head of security during the construction of the Similkameen Mine. When this was complete, rather than be transferred back to Alberta, Ron chose to remain in Princeton and got a job at the mine driving Cat. When the mine went on strike Ron went to work for the Department of Highways, where he drove grader until his retirement in 1998.
While his children were growing up, Ron was very active in Princeton minor sports. Upon his retirement Ron was an active member of the Branch #30 Senior Citizens Association.
Ron passed away suddenly in the Penticton Regional Hospital on August 22, 2012. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Barb, four children; Katrina, Karen (David) Brewer, Patty (Calvin) Stephen, Wayne (Rosie); six grandchildren; Carley, Amy, Shawn, Shelby, Tori; one great-grandchild Maci. And “TICKLES”
Donations in Ron’s memory can be made to the “Save Princeton Hospital Fund” through Branch #30 Seniors Centre.
“So grieve for me—if you must,
Then only let your grief by comforted by trust.
It’s only for a while that we must part,
So bless the memories within your heart.”