MACMICKEN, Ronald Arthur bb March 15, 1969 - January 7, 2017 Ron MacMicken of Elbow Park, Calgary was defined by his commitment to personify the self-made man. Hailing from working class roots in St. Catharines, Ontario he rose through tenacity and creativity to become a respected figure in the world of international finance – his career involving positions of responsibility in England, Colombia, Toronto and Calgary. In addition to a demanding career, Ron made time for those who were less fortunate. He was a passionate supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary, and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind summer camp for kids on Lake Joseph in Ontario's Muskoka region. Growing up in St. Catharines, Ron never shirked a hard day's work. He took on odd jobs from the age of twelve to help support his family, running his own roofing and painting businesses. One of his more memorable high school jobs was to stock the bar at Gord's place. He spent the other half of his time at Jerry's Alley. Whether at Gord's, Jerry's or later in life, hockey played a large part in Ron's life. A gifted athlete, Ron played junior hockey for the St. Catharines Falcons, making the team when he was only 16 years old. Ron was known as a leader on and off the ice. Not one to be accused of avoiding the rough stuff, Ron sought to win all the tough battles 'in-the-corners' but also relished the task of leading the way to the team bus through hostile supporters after rambunctious away games. This leadership instinct served him well. Ron went on to study at the University of Western Ontario, garnering two degrees, the latter of which was an MBA from Western's Richard Ivey School of Business. Ron supported himself throughout his years at Western while also finding time, as an undergraduate, to become president of Saugeen-Maitland Hall, the largest co-ed university residence in Canada. Ron's friends cherished him throughout his life for his honesty, integrity and for his delivery of unvarnished advice. He certainly subscribed to the rhetorical school of 'tell it like it is'. Ron was known as the glue that kept his close friends together. Amongst other notable road trips across Ireland and the United States, Ron organized an annual Father-Son Hockey Trip which saw many of his friends and their fathers travel to cities across North America to watch an NHL game and enjoy the local nightlife. Despite his lifelong allegiance to the Toronto Maple Leafs, these trips were understood by his close friends to be a way for him to experience the more successful NHL franchises of the recent past. His buddies remember him for his dry wit and for an incredible love of music. Ron's "go-to" genre was '80's and 90's rock, ranging from England's Joy Division and New Order to Canadian artists Neil Young and The Tragically Hip. tab Ron also loved a good party. As a gracious host and talented chef he was a tireless entertainer. The skills Ron attained at culinary school in Toronto were enjoyed by those lucky enough to sit at his table in Toronto, Calgary or most notably his cottage in Muskoka. Above all, however, his friends will remember him for his unmatched sense of loyalty and boundless generosity. He always received the "first call" from friends and family looking for advice and would do anything in his power to help those in need. Ron was rarely surprised, but he couldn't believe his luck when he met his wife Candace. Near the end of his life he told friends he had few regrets but only wished that he had met Candace sooner. Ron had traveled the world and wanted to ensure Candace saw all the places he loved. They packed a lot of love, laughs and exploring into eight short years. Candace fulfilled Ron's ultimate dream of having a family, bringing him three beautiful stepdaughters. He was a loving father and mentor and had a profound influence on his girls. He was a tireless cheerleader; no school project was too challenging, no ambition or career dream too high. In August 2015 Ron was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. He vowed to approach this disease as another challenge meriting his customary determination and tenacity. With the help of the incredible staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre Ron waged an intensive battle, out-witting this foe long enough to celebrate a stem cell transplant with Candace and close friends in Mexico in early 2016. Ultimately however, cancer took a brave, brilliant, handsome, loving man's life January 7th. His wife and daughters were with him at the end. Ron was predeceased by his mother Patricia Ann. He leaves behind his wife Candace, his daughters Karaline, Stefanie, and Emma and the ever-loyal Luke Foster. He is mourned by his loving mother-in-law Ruth Neskar, his father Ron MacMicken Sr. (Brenda MacMicken), his sisters Kathy Goodman (Roland Goodman), Kim Storey (Chris Storey), and his much loved nephews and niece Ira, Bryn and Morgan. We cannot forget two souls who are also in mourning. Ron was a clandestine animal lover. His friends were shocked to see his incredible devotion to his two beagles Guinness and Winston who brought him, Candace and the girls so much joy. His friends will never forget seeing the former hockey tough guy walking two little dogs in coats and boots! We will miss you Ron. Knowing you was a gift. A funeral is not planned - Ron disliked pomp and ceremony. Rather, a memorial in Toronto is being planned for February 2017. Details to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to Big Brothers Big Sisters in your hometown or CNIB gratefully accepted.
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