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"IAC" 2003 Obituary


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IACOCCA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-31 published
LONGSTAFFE, J. Ron, C.M.
Died peacefully in Vancouver on May 28, 2003, after a stoic battle with bone cancer. Survived by his devoted wife, Jacqueline, daughter, Brandy (Rob AUBIN,) also by his son, Ted, and daughter, Zoe LEWIS, and brother, Douglas in Toronto. Ron was born in Toronto on April 6, 1934. He attended Upper Canada College (Class of 1952). Graduated from University of British Columbia with degrees in Arts and Law in 1958. Spent 28 productive years in British Columbia and Alberta forest industry, primarily with Canadian Forest Products Ltd., including 10 years of Executive Vice-President. Served 3½ years as Chairman of the Port of Vancouver (1994-97). During his career, Ron was engaged in many community activities, including President, Vancouver Art Gallery; President, Canadian Club; Chair, Project Building Committee at St. Paul's Hospital for 18 years Chair, St. Paul's Hospital Board for 5 years; Chair, Celebration of Life for Pope John Paul 2nd at British Columbia Place Stadium (1984;) Co-Chair, World Affairs Dinner with Lee IACOCCA (1986.) More recently, Ron participated as a member of the Canadian Cultural Property Review Board; Director of the National Youth Orchestra and Vancouver Recital Society. Enthusiastic collector of Canadian art and international graphics for over 50 years; major donor of art works to the Vancouver Art Gallery since 1978. Appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2001. Many thanks to all the medical and nursing staff who provided compassionate care for Ron during the last 8 months at St. Paul's Hospital, Holy Family Hospital, Cancer Control Agency and Vancouver General Hospital. No flowers by request. Arrangements for a celebration of Ron's life will be announced shortly. Personal Alternative Funeral Services 1-604-857-5779.

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