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FATH, Ronald
April 5, 1917 - August 23, 2016
With sadness, we note the passing of Ronald T. Fath. He was 8 months shy of reaching 100, one of the very few goals he set that he didn't meet in his long accomplished life. Recently he had been enjoying the summer weather, watching the squirrels and birds play on his deck. He was not looking forward to one more cold Edmonton winter. He was, however, looking forward to joining his beloved wife Mary, his partner in all things for 70 plus years, and perhaps that cinched the deal for him.
Ron passed comfortably at home, surrounded by loving family and caregivers. He was peaceful about his imminent death, often waking up with a smile saying, "I'm still here". As of last week, he was still making plans and giving us all directions to carry them out.
Ron remains a model of affection, generosity, morality, and sound judgment for the large close knit family who survive him: his children and sons- and daughters-in-law Jo, Nancy (Jerry McKay), Dennis (Brandi), Tom (Jo-Ann Kolmes), Maureen, Janet Johnstone (Ken), and Dave (Colleen); 18 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Nancy McLaughlin of Edmonton and Ehren Fath of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He will be remembered well by the many close friends he and Mary enjoyed over the years.
Ron was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated high school at the age of 16 and earned his B Sc. in Business Administration from Marquette University in 1943. WWII came along and 1943-45 found the young Army Staff Sergeant posted to Edmonton. Always a decisive fellow, that was enough time to fall in love with Mary Z. O'Brien, marry her, and produce their first child. Ron returned to Milwaukee with his young family and took advantage of the GI Bill, completing a Law Degree at Marquette University in 1948. Ron articled at a Milwaukee accounting firm and received his Wisconsin CPA in 1949. Then with 3 young children in tow, Ron and Mary returned to Edmonton where opportunity awaited. They spent the rest of their lives here, with the exception of escaping cold winters by heading south to Southern California and then Arizona.
In the early 50's Ron worked at Sparling Davis/CESSCO. Being exceptionally intelligent, well educated, ambitious, hard working, and with a tremendously supportive wife, Ron was not content with a salaried 9 to 5 job. While working full time, he studied for the Alberta exam and become a Chartered Accountant in 1957. He was a founding member of South Edmonton Rotary Club, and of the Derrick Club and its surrounding Westbrook housing development. In 1956 he and partners Art O'Hanlon and Harold Smith started O'Hanlon Paving. In 60 years the business grew significantly, ultimately into a cluster of companies called the Fath Group with 600 employees during peak season. By 1990 the Faths had bought out Art and Harold, and in 2007 Ron and Mary sold their remaining shares to sons Tom and Dave. Ron remained active in the business, attending weekly financial meetings as recently as last year. Ron recalled the 1950's as busy times when he'd get together with a good group of people who had a dream and embark on what he used to referred to as "a calculated risk". He noted that he and Mary were pretty lucky in that all of these ventures were successful.
A strong supporter of the local community Ron served in various capacities for St. Anthony, St. Agnes, and St. Thomas More Churches, Archdiocese of Edmonton, Knights of Columbus, McKernan Community League, Alberta Speedskating Association, Alberta Road Builders Association, and Alberta Chartered Accountants. He received numerous lifetime memberships and awards, among them the 2015 Alberta Chartered Accountants Education Fund Award.
With a lifelong dedication to health and physical activity, his recreational interests included dancing, golf, bridge, badminton, tennis, and ping pong and photography. Ron and Mary were avid sports fans. They held seasons tickets for the Edmonton Eskimos since the 1950's, and more recently Ron followed FCE soccer at home games and on television.
The Family would especially like to thank Dr. Grace Bokenfohr, and Dad's longtime devoted caregivers: niece Dennie, Shaz, Vivian, Shallott, and Fatima. Thanks also to Ed and Elsie, his yoga instructor Paige, massage therapist John, the nail and hair grooming women who came in to keep up his appearance, and RAPS. Ron was, and his family are, very appreciative of all the wonderful services provided by AHS Home Care. It takes a village to care for an older person in their home, and Dad spent his last years in the midst of a loving one.
Generous of nature, Ron & Mary gave unstintingly to a number of local and international charities. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul .
Prayers will be held 7:00 PM Monday September 19 at Connelly-McKinley Downtown Chapel 10011 - 114 Street Edmonton. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 11 AM Tuesday September 20 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. 210 Haddow Close, NW Edmonton.

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Published in Edmonton Journal on Aug. 26, 2016.
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June 19, 2017
I have just heard of the loss of your dear Dad, may I take this time on behalf of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, in which both Sir Ronald and Dame Mary Fath were loyal members to express our deepest condolences.
Deus Lo Vult.
Denise Lawlor
September 10, 2016
My condolences for your greatest loss. Ron was a great person to listen to, & as his massage therapist, I had many opportunities to do that. I listened to a lot of wisdom & history. I miss that a lot.
John Ross
September 7, 2016
I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad, Dave. Condolences to you and the entire Fath family.
Sandy Voga
September 1, 2016
Dear Dave and Family our thoughts and prayers are with you all. So many great times with your Dad growing up. He was a great man.
Peter Annable
August 29, 2016
Dear Tom, Jo-Ann & Eric, Please accept my sincere condolences. He sounds like he was an amazing individual who had a positive influence on everyone he met. I'm sure his passing will be difficult for all of you.
Nancy Sanborn
August 27, 2016
Tom and the rest of the Fath family:
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy and condolences on the loss of your father. He obviously lived a very long and fruitful life but no matter what age, it is always difficult to lose a loved one. Our thought are with you at this time.
Greta & Harry de Pruis
August 27, 2016
What a wonderful man! Ron was a great supporter of Joanne on the speed skating oval and spent many hours as an official "freezing" on the track, an executive in the meeting rooms and even sometimes coach. His charisma and enthusiasm endeared him to the whole Edmonton and Alberta speed skating community. I personally appreciated his strong support and will miss knowing he is there if needed. He shared a lot of love.
Doreen Ryan
August 27, 2016
Our deepest sympathy to the entire family.
Marg Johnstone, Barbara & Harry Reurink, Patty and Mike Clapham.
August 26, 2016
grandpa, we love you..
You were such an inspiration and you had such a kind heart.. I am so glad that my children got to meet their great grandpa
Meagan Fath
August 26, 2016
It's hard to lose a loved one especially a Dad. My sincerest condolences to the family.
Mary-Ann O'Brien
August 26, 2016
Beautiful Family & Beautiful life ... Hearts- Prayers-and Hugs to the Family -Ron was well loved & will be missed... The Bumsteads
August 26, 2016
It is a privilege to know Ron Fath. Ron will be missed by many! We will miss our founding member of Edmonton South Rotary.
To Ron's family... my thoughts and prayers are with you and hope that your memories will give you strength in this time of sorrow.
Delores Knudsen, Edmonton South Rotary
Delores Knudsen
August 26, 2016
His generosity of spirit, keen sense of humor and thoughtful consideration of others will be missed by those who knew and loved him.
Denise O'Brien
August 26, 2016
Through his remarkable generosity and caring, Mr. Fath made a real and positive difference in the lives of many young students. Our deepest sympathies to Mr. Fath's family. It was such an honour for us to be associated with him.
- Mr. Fath's friends at the CPA Education Foundation.
Rachel Miller
August 26, 2016
My Condolences to Tom, Dave, family & our community that Ron help build. By his many contributions his celebration of his life will be felt by many for years to come. Robb
Robb Campre
August 26, 2016
Ron Fath was the kindest and most appreciative man I have ever had the privilege to work for. My deepest condolences to Tom, Dave, Janet and everyone of the Fath Family.
Tracy Fowell
August 26, 2016
Uncle Ron, I am so glad we got to visit for lunch, I will always remember your smiling face and witty comebacks, your fast response's to the crossword answers, even though you said you weren't going to :) You lived a long and fulfilled life, and I am glad that you got to enjoy your new deck. Will Miss you, and understand that you needed to be with Aunt Mary, I will always have the picture in my mind of you both Holdings hands and Laughing, as that was always how I saw you together. Love always to you all Sharon, Frank, Dylan and Tyler Stone
Sharon Stone
August 26, 2016
Our condolences to Tom , Dave and family and everyone at the Fath Group of Companies
Your friends at Alberco
August 26, 2016
Ron Fath was a priviledge to meet and work with. Heart felt condolences to the Fath family on their immeasurable loss of a great man and kind soul. A man to celebrate and remember always.
Stuart Crosley
August 26, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss. Ronald's good deeds on earth will have many rewards in heaven. May Ronald's soul rest in peace.
Maria & Terry Lupul
August 26, 2016
A wonderful gentleman. He will be missed.
Wayne Semeniuk
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