August 20, 1952 – December 29, 2018
Ronald Lawrence Larson AKA Ron, Ronnie, Grampie, Poppy, Dad, Uncle, and Captain Ron. Born on August 20, 1952 in Whitehorse, YT and passed on December 29, 2018 in Palliative Care at St Paul’s Hospital with family by his side. Ron was born in the Yukon and moved around frequently as a youth with his dad being in the military. From the Yukon, to Edmonton, to Ottawa, to Toronto, and finally to Saskatoon in the late 60s where Ron completed his grade 11 and 12 at ED Feehan high school and met lifelong friend, Dave Schafer. Ron was diagnosed with Colon Cancer on December 18, 2013, 5 years ago. The cancer was metastatic to the liver and the prognosis was 2-5 years. Ron lived 5 years, 11 days. Most don’t make 5 years, I think Ron got at least two extra years with his positive attitude. Ron always had the ability to never worry about things he couldn’t control. Ron never gave up, but his body gave out on him. During this time Ron underwent: four major surgeries, four embolization’s, chemo pills, and over fifty IV chemo treatments. Not to mention a double hip replacement in Ottawa in 2016. When asked in the hospital what line of work Ron was in, we all had a bit of a chuckle. Ron never worked at anything he didn’t like and he sure shied away for the 9-5 work life. Someday we will have to sit down and try to compile the complete list, here’s a pretty good start: Becker’s corner store attendant, paper boy, alter boy, bag boy, nickel miner, cookie salesman, bus advertising salesman, encyclopedia salesman, insurance salesman, water softener salt salesman, door alarm salesman, command start salesman, political hack, stock trader, fax broadcaster, print shop broker, tradeshow organizer, CPGA golf tournament organizer, PotashCorp executive, amusement park owner/operator, photographer, pollster, and slum landlord. In high school, Ron was a bag boy at Safeway, where he met a group of friends, he was close to his whole life. He had a short-lived job as a “career life underwriter” (life insurance sales). There, he was introduced to another lifelong friend, Dave Tkachuk, and the world of politics. Just before Ron was to start his career in real estate, he accepted a job with the PC party of Saskatchewan as a Northern Organizer. Shortly thereafter, he met yet another lifelong friend, Trevor Roadhouse. Ron, Dave, and Trev reunited in Regina in the early 80s to “fight the socialist hordes” with the Grant Devine Government. From then on Ron worked many years organizing and running elections and bi-elections all over the province of Saskatchewan in provincial, federal, and municipal races. He called himself a “political hack” and knocked thousands of doors across the province. Ron’s other career was trading in the stock market. He was passionate about stocks, often spending hours a day trading, and researching the latest offerings. Ron’s main love was his children and he couldn’t be prouder of them. The love of his grandbabies was such a bonus and totally lit up his life.
Summers at Jackfish Lake and a winter break in Kauai had become a pattern he loved. This was the first year we bought cancellation insurance. Chemo always worked around our times away and we travelled with the “by the seat of your pants” policy! Ron played squash and racket ball for years at the YMCA and had many Y guy friends. He loved golf and played since he was about 12. We even got a few holes in at the lake this summer. Ron is survived by his wife, Conni; his daughter, Hilary King (Brock Knudsen), grandchildren Elleke and James; his son, Michael Larson (Deanna Fast), grandchildren Madeline and Isabelle; his daughter, Emily Bradstock (Aaron Bradstock), and grandchild Veda; his sister, Lindell Larson; his brothers in law, Stan Budgell, and Ron Webb; his sister in law Rusty Craddock, his nieces and nephews; Raylene, Macey, and Lennie Budgell, Kevin and Lesley Webb, and Erik and Rodger Larson; and of course, his current furry family; Spike and Chloe. Predeceased by parents, Beatrice Zimmer (1995) and Hyrum Larson (1999); his sister, Rita Webb (2014); his son, Andrew (1980); and his daughter, Katie (1984). Ron received his Last Rites at home in December, administered by his cousin, Father Glenn Zimmer. Ron was also able to leave the gift of restoring sight to two people with a cornea harvest for future transplant. How lucky to be able to see the world through his eyes! Thank you to: Dr. S Amed and nurse Tracy at the Cancer Clinic, they were amazing and the elite in their field. Dr. John Shaw, our liver specialist, so kind. Dr. Woo, who squeezed us in for surgery in September. All of the palliative care staff and doctors who were brilliant. Ron’s GP Dr. Wood and Dr. N McKee who provided awesome support. If you have a chance to take a F.I.T. test to detect colon cancer, please do.