Ronald Jacob Bruce Harder

August 26, 1935 – January 12, 2021
Ron was born in Saskatoon the 7th of eleven children (3 boys and 8 girls) and moved to Vancouver in 1944.
He moved to Oliver, BC in 1950 to begin his electrician’s training and then to Dundurn in 1953 where he became the youngest in Saskatchewan to obtain his electrician’s ticket at the age of 18.
He wired towns and built churches with his father throughout the Okanagan before moving to Ocean Falls, BC to work at the paper mill.
In 1960 he went to work at the Banff Springs hotel for two seasons and then moved to work on the DEW (Distant Early Warning) Line in the Canadian Arctic. He greatly enjoyed his five years in the arctic amongst the polar bears and vast tundra.
In 1965 he became an electrician at the Chateau Lake Louise where he met Beatrice Lemire who was a switchboard operator at the Chateau. They married in Calgary in 1968 and in 1970 moved to Pincher Creek to work at the Shell Waterton gas plant for 25 years retiring in 1995.
He spent many summers at their cabin on Wasa Lake, BC and moved to Red Deer in 2018 to the Timberstone Mews where they made many great friendships with the residents and joined the Deer Park Alliance Church.
Ron always enjoyed a game of cribbage, doing puzzles and had a great interest in trains. He was able to fix and repair anything whether it be electrical, plumbing or carpentry. He always enjoyed watching his sons in their various sports and was always supportive in all of their activities and his kind and gentle nature will be greatly missed.
He was predeceased by his parents Jacob and Josephine, siblings Pearl, Dorothy, Ethel, Hazel, Harold and is survived by siblings Shirley, Velma, Emelie, Joy and George as well as many nieces and nephews.
He is survived by his wife Beatrice, sons Ron Jr. (Dianne) and Russell (Tara) and grandsons Boughen and Jet. A formal service will be held later in the year once physical distancing regulations have been lifted. In lieu of flowers, donations would be graciously accepted by the Red Deer Hospice Society as the family greatly appreciated the compassion and care provided.Obituary


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