Ronald McFarland

Ronald McFarland

Ronald Mason McFarland

August 2, 1925 – July 3, 2017

It is with deepest sadness that the family of Ron McFarland

announces the passing of their wonderful husband, father,

grandfather on July 3, 2017 in Cranbrook.

Ron was born on August 2, 1925 in Big Valley, Alberta.

The family moved to Edmonton in 1928, where Ron and

his brother Doug were educated. In 1924 at age 17, Ron

answered the call of duty and served in the RCNVR during

World Ware II. On his return in 1946, Ron began his

memorable career in heavy duty construction equipment

sales and management. He owned and operated

McFarland Oilfield Construction Ltd. during the 1960s,

then moved on to manage the Alberta Roadbuilders and

Heavy Construction Association until he retired in 1992.

Family and friends were a huge part of Ron’s life. He loved

skiing, camping, fishing, golfing, hunting and curling

with family members and his many buddies. He was a

swimming instructor, Scout Master, community league

president, and member of the Kingsway and Southside

Legions in Edmonton. He sang in the McDougall United

Church choir for over 25 years, and with the Cranbrook

Barbershop group, Sun Valley Song and Christ Church

Anglican choir. One of the great enjoyments of Ron’s

retirement was the opportunity it afforded him to take up

painting again.

Ron’s sunny disposition, dimpled smile, kind caring way

with people, and his ever ready infectious laugh will be

greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Ron is survived by his loving wife of 37 years Judy, and his

five children: Mick McFarland (Clare), Debra Empson-

Richardson (Jeff ), Kaley Wasylowich (Kim), Kimberley

McFarland (Tim), and David McFarland (Tanya). Grampa

will be greatly missed by Tara, Lea, Geoff , Chris, Callum,

Kori, Tanner, Delaney, Dallen, Darbi, Dania and Tealya.

We extend our most sincere gratitude to the many

people who provided outstanding and compassionate

care to Ron throughout his illness, as well as out endless

thanks to the staff at Joseph Creek Care Village and to Dr.

Caroline Shilhan.

A celebration of Ron’s life will be held Tuesday, July 11 at

10:30 am at the Christ Church Anglican in Cranbrook. In

lieu of flowers, donations in Ron’s honour can be made to

Christ Church Anglican Memorial Fund 46 – 13 Avenue,

S. Cranbrook, BC V1C 2V3.

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