Ronald Charles Saunderson passed away on May 24, 2021 at Health Science Centre in Winnipeg, with family at his side, after a short battle with cancer.
Ron will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Joan; his children, Pam (Garth) Parker, Kim (Rick) Thiessen, Steve (Tracy) Saunderson; his grandchildren, Brooklyn and Jordan Parker, Tori and Mitchell Thiessen, Ben and Nolan Saunderson; mother, Clarice Saunderson; sister, Muriel (Al) Redwood; brother-in-law’s, Garry (Karen) Fallis, Blaine (Doris) Fallis, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Ron is preceded by his father, Charles Saunderson; sister-in-law Helen Fallis and in-laws Alex and Myrtle Fallis.
Ron was born in Souris, Manitoba on April 18, 1944. He grew up on the family farm and was educated in Souris. Ron married the love of his life, Joan Fallis, in 1968 and had 53 years of happy times, working hard and building a family with memories to last a lifetime, including trips throughout Canada, the USA and Portugal.
Ron started his career working for his father on the family farm in Brandon but then moved out on his own purchasing a hog operation on Highway #1 east of Douglas. As an entrepreneur, Ron ran a list of successful businesses, including JRS Enterprises Ltd, Texaco/Esso Hwy 1& 10 Service Station & Convenience Store, Sam’s Restaurant, Ron’s Agri Services Imperial Oil Fuel & Fertilizer. On retirement, Ron and Joan, moved to Brandon, then to Pelican Lake on Balmy Beach where they created their retirement dream home on the lake. 10 years later they moved back to Brandon to Monterey Estates. The work he did during retirement proved to be some of his most enjoyable, as his carpentry and landscaping left a mark on homes across Manitoba to Magic Valley, Texas.
Ron’s connection with people was one of his greatest attributes. Whether young or old, his interest in what you were doing and who you were, made him a friend to everyone.
Ron’s competitive nature and love of sports brought many good memories with friends and family. In high school, Ron loved running with the track team and curling also took his interest. On moving to Brandon, Ron continued his curling as a member of the Brandon Curling Club. He showed his talents as a very competitive curler in Super League, as well as numerous bonspiels. He loved water sports, golf and rec slow pitch ball. Ron managed Steve’s minor hockey teams in Carberry and took up Cross Fit in his senior years. Ron was an avid fan of his kids and grandkids and followed all their hockey and figure skating events.
Ron’s family was the most important part of his life, providing for and loving us until his last breath.
He taught us so many values to live by:
A house is not a home, a family is. Keep your loved ones close by.
Cherish the simple things in life. Work hard, play hard.
When things get tough, slow down and persevere. Laugh and cry together.
Argue your point, but always forgive and forget.
When one door closes, another opens.
Always celebrate life’s moments.
Ron was laid to rest at Souris Cemetery under the care of Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home. Rev. Carol Guilford performed a graveside service to celebrate Ron’s life followed by a drive by procession of family and friends.
Forever in our hearts and never to be forgotten. A son, a husband, a dad and a grandpa. We love and miss you!
In memory of Ron, donations may be made to the BRHC Foundation Palliative Care Unit Special Equipment or to the Souris & Glenwood Golf Club.