It is with deepest regret that we announce the passing of Ronald
Nelson Pickering (aka Ron, Ronnie Man, Pick) at the age of 82. Ron
passed away peacefully on April 19, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta with
family by his side.
Ron was born on April 15, 1935 in Stoughton, Saskatchewan to Bill
and Alice Pickering. The family moved to British Columbia when Ron
was a young man. He worked for the department chain of Woodwards
where he met his future wife, Carla Erikson. They married in 1960
in Port Kells, BC and spent their honeymoon moving to Calgary, Alberta. Ron and Carla had three
children: Larry, Tracey and Lorne before moving to Golden, BC in 1968.
Ron loved living in Golden. His initial employment was a franchise McGavins operator where he
famously became known as “The Bread Man”. He was the volunteer ice maker at the curling rink
and eventually became a town employee. He retired after 20+ years of employment with the Golden
Ron had many friends and was an active member of the Golden Community. He was a die hard
Saskatchewan Roughriders fan to the end. He told many stories of sneaking into the stadium in Regina
as a youngster to watch the games. He was a natural athlete and enjoyed many sports during his lifetime
including baseball, curling, bowling (achieved a perfect game), and golfing. He loved to compete in
many different lawn sports and never lost his competitive spirit. He was instrumental in starting
Golden Minor Baseball and after he retired from the game he became a renowned coach and umpire.
His passions were his lawn, current events, politics, and he was a prolific reader.
Ron is lovingly remembered by his wife of fifty-seven years, Carla; his three children Larry (Daina),
Tracey (Cliff), and Lorne (Deane); his six grandchildren, Kylee, Nichole, Christina, Levi, Travis ,
and Brooklynn and one great-grandchild Odin. He nicknamed them all “baber” or “bud”. He is also
survived by his twin sister Dorothy Buss (Gary). He was predeceased by his parents and three brothers:
Elgin, Bill, and Jack. Ron had many nieces, nephews and friends who will also mourn his passing.
Carla’s love, loyalty and devotion to Ron will continue to serve as a benchmark and anchor of our
family values for generations to come.
The family wishes to acknowledge the loving care Ron received as a resident in McKenzie Towne
Long Term Care Center.
A private graveside service for immediate family will be held at a later date in Golden, B.C.
If friends so desire, memorial tribunes may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary,
800, 7015 MacLeod Trail S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2K6, Telephone: (403) 290-0110,www.alzheimercalagary.com.
Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com