Today we celebrate the life of Ron Truant, one who lived his life with purpose, in order to make a difference. Born June 7, 1950, was called by Our Lord February 16, 2016. Husband of Noella (nee Palamides), the love of his life, “joined at the hip” for more than 43 years. Father of Jeffrey (Antoinette), Christina Chauvin (Jason) and Stephen (Tina). Proud Nonno of Giuliana, Jack, Enzo and Olivia Truant, Ryan, Justin and Nathan Chauvin and Evalee and Kaitlyn Truant. Dear son of Ora & Walter (1996) Truant and son-in-law of Gus (2005) and Velma (1992) Palamides. Brother to Patricia and Kerry (2006) Fitzpatrick. Brother-in-law to Dennis (2013) and Deirdre Palamides, Joe and Cathy Palamides and April (2008) and Jim MacKinnon. Uncle and Great Uncle to many nieces and nephews.
A Chartered Accountant by background, Ron had a very diverse career, beginning at the age of 13 in a family owned heavy construction business, Keystone Construction. Starting as a timekeeper, he progressed to heavy equipment operator and ultimately to field project superintendent. He then pursued a career in Public Accounting, obtaining his professional designation in 1976. He held a number of positions with national firms until moving into International Consulting in 1980. Beginning with an Educational Development Project for the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria, Lagos, Nigeria and then founding his own consulting practice, he moved on to projects throughout Southeast Asia (China, Philippines, Indonesia) Trinidad, South Florida and Louisiana. Further, during this period Ron served as a Sessional Instructor for the Faculty of Business, University of Windsor (1978-1984). Tired of the rigors of travel, Ron then held senior management positions in the retail automotive business in Windsor and London, Ontario.
In 1989, Ron became a partner in Crescent Tool & Die Limited and later merged with Electromac Tool, forming The Electromac Group (Tooling & Stamping) where he was co-owner until his semi-retirement.
Intensely proud of his Italian roots, Ron was a member of the Fogolar Furlan Club and the Giovanni Caboto Club. He was also a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.
Ron lead a very active and busy life outside of work. He was both a Trustee, Board of Governors, The Windsor Catholic High School Board, and a former Board member, Board of Governors, Diocesan Roman Catholic High School Board of Windsor. In addition he had a passion for and was involved in Health Care Governance for over 30 years. He served as a President of The Inn of Windsor, was a founding member of The Teen Health Center (House of Phoenix), a Board member of Brentwood Recovery Home, Vice-Chair of the former Malden Park Center (now part of Hotel Dieu-Grace Healthcare) former Chair of Windsor Regional Hospital, Board Member with Hotel Dieu-Grace Healthcare and Chair of Governance and Finance Committees with The Windsor Cancer Research Group (WCRG). Ron believed in the core values and mission of Hospice and was a strong supporter of The Hospice of Windsor & Essex County where he became quite involved in consulting on their Capital Works Program.
Many thanks to all the wonderful people who looked after Ron for the past 4 years-Dr. Yigang Luo, Dr. Joe Shaban, Dr. Pat Smith, Dr. Jack Speirs, Dr. Akmal Ghafoor, Dr. Larry Lum (Karmanos), CCAC, Carol Derbyshire and the staff and volunteers at Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Children’s Program at The Hospice of Windsor & Essex County. Memorial visiting Friday 2:30-5:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841. On Saturday family and friends are invited to meet at St. John Vianney Church (385 Dieppe St) from (9:00 a.m. until time of Memorial Mass at 10:00 a.m.
“THE MEANING OF LIFE IS TO FIND YOUR GIFT. THE PURPOSE OF LIFE IS TO GIVE IT AWAY.” – PABLO PICASSO
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