THOMAS, Ronald C. "Ron" In the early hours of Monday, November 18, 2013 Ron Thomas of Victoria, B.C. passed away peacefully at Sunset Lodge at the age of 84 years. Ron was born in Calgary and grew up there and in Banff before moving to Edmonton to attend university. In 1954 he graduated from the University of Alberta with a M.Sc. in Zoology and after graduating worked as a Fishery Biologist for the Alberta Dept. of Lands and Forests. By the early sixties Ron and his family had moved to Victoria and in 1964 Ron was appointed the Assistant Chief Fishery Biologist with the B.C. Fish and Wildlife Branch. In 1973 Ron was appointed as Chief of Fisheries. Ron's contributions over the years, to Fish and Wildlife protection and management, were significant and too long to list. Ron always considered his greatest contribution and privilege to be the role he played in working with B.C.'s aboriginal communities dealing with fisheries and wildlife issues. Starting in 1978 Ron was among some of the first B.C. govt. professionals to join the Nisga'a treaty negotiations and for the remainder of his working years he was significantly involved in aboriginal affairs and other treaty and land claims negotiations. After a long and prolific career Ron retired in 1993. In his youth Ron took part in many sports but excelled at speed skating, basketball and track & field. His passion for curling was life long and in retirement he became an avid golfer. His love and sense of wonderment for nature never left him and even as Alzheimer's slowly stole away his ability to make sense of things he would look up to the sky, fascinated by the clouds and say "look at the high whites, they're beautiful today". Ron will be greatly missed by his wife of 55 years, Mary Ann, daughters Barbara and Susan, and son Richard, all of Victoria. The family extends their deepest gratitude to Dr. Humphreys, the nurses and staff at Sunset Lodge for the compassionate care they gave to Ron as he suffered the ravages of Alzheimer's disease. In lieu of flowers please make a donation, in Ron's memory, to the Alzheimer Society of B.C., #300 - 828 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C., V5Z 1E2. Ron will be cremated and have a place of remembrance at Royal Oak Burial Park. Final arrangements entrusted to Earth's Option Cremation Services.
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Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Nov. 22 to Nov. 23, 2013