Saunderson, Ronald Charles

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.


84 thoughts on “Saunderson, Ronald Charles”

  1. Joan and family,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of Ron. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad and difficult time.
    Dean and Donna Couvier
    Fred and Sharon Kelesnik

  2. Joan and Family. So saddened to read of Ron’s passing. Please remember the good times to help you through this very sad time.
    Please accept our Sincere Condolences.
    We always had pleasant visits when ever we met which was very few since the pig days. R. I .P Ron

    Thinking of you with caring thoughts at this time.
    Hugs from both Keith and Marlene

  3. Joan Saunderson and family we were shocked and sorry to hear of your loss. Probably we are guilty of taking a long time friendship for granted, we will miss the little chats on the evening walk and discussing the good old day’s at Pelican Lake.
    Take care, our hearts are with you.

  4. Joan and family, My thoughts are with you at the passing of Ron. Remember the good times and cherish your memories. Jean (Richards) Jack

  5. Thinking of you all with Deepest Sympathy. We will always remember Ron for his helpfulness at Magic Valley and his warm friendliness.
    Darrel & Dee Dee

  6. Please accept our deepest condolences. Ron will be remembered as a very generous, fun loving guy with an amazing sense of humour, and he will be missed so much by all who had the honour of knowing him over the years. All of our best to Joan and the family during this difficult time, and for the days ahead.
    John & Yvonne Bamlett

  7. Deepest sympathy to Joan and family. We are so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. He was a great guy and he will me missed.
    Ray and Cheryl Orr

  8. Joan and Family
    So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing.We will always remember and cherish the good times and great neighbors we had in Texas.Our sympathy and prayers are with you at this time. Russ and Eileen Newton

  9. Joan, Roy and I were so sorry to hear of Ron’s death and want to send our condolences to you and the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Roy and Lois Lees( Lois Blanchard)

  10. Joan – so sorry to read about Ron’s passing. We always enjoyed our chance meetings and remember watching our kids growing up and participating in the sports they enjoyed. Our condolences to you, Pam, Kim and Steve.

  11. Joan, Pam, Kim and Steve I just heard today of Ron’s passing, at first I couldn’t believe it. My condolences go out to you and your families. Ron and Joan where so good to me when Sharon was so sick. Joan I understand what you are going though now as I have been there. I am thinking about you all take care .

  12. To Joan and family. Sincere condolences on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. To his mother Clarice our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    Doug and Helen Fenwick

  13. Joan, we were very sorry to hear of Ron’s death. We always enjoyed having a chat with you when we met you somewhere. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Take care.
    Don and Fran Dodds

    1. Clarice, Joan and family
      I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Ron. He and Mel would have some great laughs whenever he was visiting at your place Clarice. My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time
      Mavis McEachen

  14. Joan and family,

    We’re so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. We’ll always remember him, from the curling rink to Texas fun times to Pleasant Valley. He always had a story and hearty laugh. Our sincere condolences.

  15. Joan, Pam, Kim, Steve and families.
    We are deeply sorry for your loss of Ron, (husband, dad, and grandfather).
    Rest in peace Ron!

  16. Joan Pam Kim Steve and families my thoughts are with you at this difficult time may your many happy memories help you through this difficult time

  17. Aunt clarice,Joan and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time . I remember how nice you and Ron were to us during our visits.

  18. Joan and Family, So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing! Our thoughts are with you at this sad and difficult time. Sincerely Garry and Carol Kidd.

  19. Our deepest sympathy to Joan and your family. Our thoughts are also with his mother Clarice.

  20. Joan and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
    Carolyn and Ralph Lee

  21. Joan, Pam,Kim, Steve and Families,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    I am so sorry for your loss.


  22. With our deepest sympathy on your loss of Ron. We know there are no words that will ease your pain but know you are in the thoughts and prayers of your many friends and family at this very difficult time! Our condolences to you and your loved ones!
    Vicki and Ray Smart

  23. Our condolences to all the family. Ron was always fun to be around with good stories to entertain. His energy and positive attitude were inspiring. Such a proud father and grandfather, he will certainly be missed by family and friends. Our thoughts are with you Joan and your family at this time.
    Colleen and Jim Watts

  24. Joan….and family….we were so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing….only met him a time or two…but know you two had lots of fun and made a lifetime of memories….take care

  25. Joan I am so very sorry for your loss. May you always cherish the many years of memories that you made together. My deepest sympathy.

  26. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours Joan. Ron was a good man. Heather Thompson

  27. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Joan and family at this very sad time . Cherish those memories .
    Ralph and Mary Jane Finch

  28. Joan and family , we all are saddened to hear the passing of Ron, but I like to think that he and dad are having a good laugh and talking about old times wherever they are.

  29. Our sincere sympathy Joan and family in the untimely loss of Ron. We enjoyed our visits and especially the hockey highlights of the grandkids. May those wonderful memories bring you comfort during this difficult time.

  30. We are so sorry to hear about Ron. He was such a great guy. Our thoughts are with you, Joan, Pam, Kim and Steve and your family.

  31. Joan and dear family .. we were so shocked and saddened to hear about your tragic Loss of Ron . We have always enjoyed being grand parent Hockey Fans with you both . God Bless
    Dave and Jennifer

  32. I am very sorry for loss Joan, Pam,Kim,Steven my heart breaks. Growing up in Carberry and spent alot time at Saundersons Ron was like a dad to everyone that spent time there.

  33. Joan and family. We are heart broken. Sending our love and strength at this time . Ron was such a great husband, father , grandfather and a great friend! There is a void that will never be filled. As time goes on May his wonderful memories give you comfort and become stories to be shares with family, friends an future generations . He is going to be missed dearly…Ron will live on in the hearts of all who loved him. Sending a love and a very special hugs for a very special friend we loved like a brother.

  34. Joan, Pam, Kim, Steve and families. So very sorry to hear about Ron. My deepest sympathy to all of you.

  35. Joan, Pam, Kim and Steve, and families
    My deepest sympathy. We are so glad to have met you in our hockey world and enjoyed many good times. He will be missed. Take care.
    Heather Sheane

  36. Dear Joan and family
    We were so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. We will always remember his sense of humor and positive outlook on life. He was a good man and left us, too soon.
    You will all be in our thoughts and payers.
    Fran and Lionel

  37. Dear Joan and family,
    I am so saddened to learn of the passing of your dear husband and father Ron. Memories of our days in high school seem like yesterday and here we are celebrating Ron at the age of 77. Where has the time gone? May God comfort you in your deep loss.
    Sincerely Anita McMillan (Friesen)
    currently live in Calgary

  38. The memory of the sparkle in his eyes and his laugh. Our thoughts are with you Joan, and your family. Hugs

  39. Joan and family, so sorry to hear about Ron. There are no words,you are in my thoughts and prayers. Keep all your great memories close to your heart. Hugs to all…he will be missed.
    Barb Dixon

  40. Joan & Family,
    So sad to hear of Ron’s passing,
    Our thoughts and prayers our with you.
    Dave & Diane Dolphin

  41. Dear Joan,
    My sincere condolences on Ron’s passing. May your loving memories always bring you comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


  42. Joan and family, we were very saddened to hear of Ron’s passing. He was such a fun loving man and had such a great humour. We can hear his laughter and see that great smile! He will be missed by many.

  43. Joan, Pam, Kim and Steve,
    Our thoughts are with each of you as you remember and celebrate Ron’s life. Your family were wonderful neighbors to Dad and Mom and our family on the farm near Douglas all those years ago. Cherish the memories of a life well-lived.
    ~ Ritchie & Sharon (Mitchell) Bickford

  44. Joan, Pam, Kim, Steve and families,
    My deepest sympathy to all of you on the loss of Ron. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Gail Mitchell

  45. Joan and Family

    We were so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. He was a really great guy and everyone will miss him. Our condolences to you and your family.

  46. Our thoughts are with you and your family Joan at this sad and difficult time. Fun memories and the sound of his laugh will never be gone.

  47. Joan and Family,
    You will find some comfort in the love and memories that your hearts will hold. Know that many people care and are so sorry for your loss.
    Margie Hilash

  48. Joan and family
    I’m so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. He will be missed, I enjoyed his sense of humour. Cherish the memories.
    Gail Williamson

  49. Dear Joan and family,
    Thinking of you at this sad time.
    May your memories comfort you now and in time give you peace.
    Sincere Sympathy,
    Karen Anderson

  50. My Dear Aunt Clarice,Joan and family:
    Thinking of you all and your family during this trying hard time . I have very good memories of Ron… such a jovial character , he had an infectious smile , made you feel at home the minute you were in his presence . He will be missed . Remember all the good memories . Cherish them ..
    Sincere sympathies
    Denise Millions and children

  51. Joan losing Ron is hard on all of us but especially hard on you and your children. It always warmed my heart to see that you were such GREAT grandparents to all the grandchildren but especially Tori and Mitch who didn’t have grandparents on the Thiessen side. They will have a void in their hearts right now losing Ron. The greatest glory is they had his love for years and they still have you Joan, a very loving and supportive grandma.

  52. Joan, Steve and families, I met Ron several times over the years and I recognized he was a gentleman and a man of many talents. Deepest Sympathy.

  53. Joan, Pam, Kim, Steve and families: My deepest sympathy goes to you all. I can’t think of a time as a child skating or a parent of a hockey player that Ron wasn’t at the rink. I will miss seeing him at all the kids events. Sending my thoughts and prayers to you all.

  54. Joan and family:

    We were so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing! Enjoyed our visits at Strathcona Park and Pleasant Valley. Ron’s laugh could always be heard when a good story or joke was being told. Thoughts and prayers for you all!

    Jim and Eleanor Sampson

  55. Joan So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing . We are thinking of you and your family. May your memories help you through this tough time

  56. Joan, please know that you, Pam, Kim and Steve are in our hearts and thoughts at this sad and difficult time. Ron was a well respected man with a kind heart and a great sense of humour. He will be greatly missed. Sending love and hugs to you Joan and your family. Arleigh and Ian

  57. Dear Joan & family

    I was so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. Sending my heartfelt sympathy. He will be missed by all who were lucky enough to have known him.

  58. Dear Joan, Pam, Kim, Steve,Grandma and Ali the family, you are in our hearts everyday and hope all your great memories bring you some comfort at this hard time. Ron was such a great friend to us and we miss you so much. Love Jerry and Lynne

  59. Joan our deepest condolences to you an your family in this difficult time. Cherish your many memories of Ron who will be truly missed by all
    Jim an Susan McMillan

  60. Dear Joan, Pam, Kim, Steven and families
    I am so sorry for your loss, cherish those memories. He will be missed in being such a big part of your lives, whether in golfing, skating, hockey and family get togethers, his love for life will be missed so much.
    Marg Forsyth

  61. Joan ,Pam, Kim, Steve and families,
    We were so sorry to read of Ron’s death. He will be very sadly missed and we will keep him in our thoughts and prayers.

  62. So sorry to all of you whom loved Mr. Saunderson. I have so many tons of great memories of Ron. His laugh, smile, goofiness and teasing made for great times! I know you’ve made amazing memories together as a family and I hope those memories will help you get through this difficult time!! Thinking of you all!
    Susan Benning

  63. Joan, Pam, Steve ,Kim and families. So very sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. Our condolences to you all.

  64. Joan & family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Keep his memory alive in your heart.
    Judy Anaka & Richard Destine

  65. Joan, Pam, Kim, Steve, and families
    We were so sorry to read of Ron’s passing. We always enjoyed meeting and visiting with you at the rinks during both figure skating and hockey. Cherish your memories and take care.
    Lynne and Tom Baron

  66. We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Ron…we always enjoyed visiting with him at the hockey rink.Take care Joan and family.

  67. So very sorry for your loss. He was a good one. Cherish his memory and take care of yourself. Janice and Brad Langston

  68. Joan ; I am so sorry this has happened to you and your family. Ron accomplished a lot in his life, most especially the love and respect of his family. The good memories will bring you some comfort knowing how much he cared for you all.
    You have been in my thoughts and remain there.

    Marguerite Arnold

  69. Joan, Pam, Kim, Steve and families. Charlie and I send our condolences in the loss of Ron. He is in our thoughts and prayers.

  70. Sorry to hear of Ron’s passing, our deepest sympathy at this time and may you all remember the many wonderful memories you have of your times together. Thinking of you all at this sad time.

  71. Although life took us in different directions, our growing up years were spent on adjoining farms. In more recent times our contact has been mainly through Saunderson family get-togethers. We know Ron built so many memories with friends, but particularly, together with Joan, with their children and grandchildren. Our thoughts are with all of them, and also with Clarice. Keep those wonderful memories close.
    Carol (Saunderson) and Bill Potter

  72. Thinking of you and your family at this sad time. Many great memories may you hold dear!,

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