Service Date: February 22nd, 2020 , 4:00 p.m. Saturday
Service Location: Tofield Hotel, Tofield, AB
April 18, 1956 – Feb 10, 2020
Ron Lindsay passed away peacefully on February 10, 2020. Ron is survived by his best friend Grace of Liaoyang, China. His daughter Raegen; grandchildren Jaden and Keefer; sisters Shirley, Betty, Donna; brothers Murray and Raymond and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Tyler; his father Elston and mother Helen. Ron was born and raised in Tofield, Alberta. He earned his plumbing and gas fitting tickets from NAIT and worked on projects throughout the province of Alberta, eventually starting his own company Lakeside Plumbing, working in the Tofield area.
Over the last twenty years Ron split his time between his home in Canada and working as a consultant on building projects in China, where he made many friends. Ron's tall stature and commanding presence earned him the nickname “Wild Bill.” Ron was a Shanghai pool playing legend and proved his abilities by beating two-time world champion, Ralf Souquet during a nine ball exhibition match. He was part of the Shanghai Sharks pool club, playing in various tournaments throughout Southeast Asia. Ron was known for his sense of humour and quick wit, claiming to know over a thousand jokes. He was a great storyteller and an avid outdoorsman. He especially loved hunting, fishing and camping.
In December of 2019, Ron was diagnosed with cancer. He fought the good fight and never gave up, even when he knew his time was short. He was thankful to those around him for their help and did his best to make his passing easier on everyone by telling stories about the good times and never losing his sense of humor. Thanks to all his family and friends that came to visit and support him through this difficult journey. To his sister Betty who stayed with him constantly throughout his last days, Ron was especially thankful for her love and care. A special thanks to the Doctors and Nurses at St. Mary's Hospital in Camrose, Alberta - your care and loving attention to Ron throughout his battle was outstanding and commendable in every way.
Ron lived by the code of his movie hero, John Wayne. He was a rugged individualist. Tough but tender, witty and wise, Ron “Wild Bill” Lindsay was a true one of a kind. He will be missed by many but not forgotten by those whose paths he crossed. May he rest in peace where the grass is green, the river runs clear and there are blue skies as far as the eye can see. Where the walleye are biting and his jokes bring laughter and joy to all.
A Celebration of Life and potluck supper will be held for Ron at the Tofield Hotel at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, February 22, 2020.
A graveside gathering of family and invited friends will be held later this spring.
Memorial donations may be made to the Albert Cancer Foundation.