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RONALD JAMES BARD (RON)
Born: May 25, 1960
Date of Passing: Feb 06, 2023Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
RONALD JAMES BARD
May 25, 1960 - February 6, 2023
It is with immense sadness and grief we announce the passing of Ron Bard at Pine Falls Hospital on February 6, 2023. Ron fought a hard and painful battle with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. Ron passed peacefully holding his Sweetheart's hand.
Ron is survived by his wife, the love of his life, Tannis. He also leaves three stepchildren, Joey, Thomas, and Taylor, of whom he is very proud.
He is also survived by two sisters, Myrna Murray and Bonnie Bard; two brothers, Gary Bard and Douglas Bard; nieces, Melissa Ireland (Larry) and Christie Danylchuk (Joel), along with their families; two nephews, Dillan and Travis; and sister-in-law Valerie Hornbaker (Chad).
Ron was predeceased by his mother Irene Bard, and his father Kenneth Bard; as well as by two sisters, Dianne and Beverly; and nephew Steven.
Ron was also predeceased by his great friend and mentor Louis St. Croix. Ron's business is an extension of Louis' original St. Croix Cycle and Marine, now known as St. Croix Cycle/Tirecraft, a popular Honda dealership and full automotive service center. Ron accomplished his dream of owning his own business and expanding on Louis' original vision.
Ron started his career at McNaught Cadillac in Winnipeg for twenty years and retired as shop foreman with so many friends and co-workers with whom he had always remained good friends. Ronald's passion in life was being a mechanic and riding the open highways by car, motorcycle and motorhome. He and his best buddies had many adventures on many trips. He also shared his passion for motorcycling and RVing to Arizona especially with his sweetheart Tannis.
Ron was always a hard worker, and the business and life he created was no accident. Ron was a man of few words but of great action. He never complained or created excuses for himself. He did what needed to be done and made sure to take care of those around him. Ron could always be counted upon. He was incredibly humble and authentic, he always remained true to himself and walked through life with confidence. If you find yourself being ungrateful and making excuses in your day-to-day life about things you can control or fix, stop yourself. Ron couldn't fix his cancer, and not once did he say, "why me?" or complain. Ron was a rare individual and like many left this world too soon.
The family would like to thank all of Ron's good friends, employees, and customers for all the support and kindness shown to us during Ron's illness and hospitalization, especially Al Pepin, Fred Buchberger, Willie Lavoie, and Adam Pepin.
Tannis would like to especially thank Ron's sister Myrna and her daughter Taylor for going above and beyond and all their love, support and ensuring Ron always had someone by his side during these last few months.
There will be no service as per Ron's direction. There will be a memorial bike run for Ronald this summer with a get-together at the shop for all those who wish to attend.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 18, 2023
Condolences & Memories (4 entries)
Ron was a very Giving person, super Talented technician, & an Amazing best friend. Ron would do anything to help someone in need. He will be greatly missed. I will be thinking of you my friend, as I ride in your memorial bike run this summer. - Posted by: Glen Ambrose (Long Time Friend) on: Feb 22, 2023
I am shocked and saddened to hear of Ron’s passing. He certainly was an incredible individual! Until I moved from St. Georges two years ago, Ron & his crew were among my most reliable Emergency Support System. With family crises and especially my dear hubby (Percy) so ill for so long, I always needed my vehicle up & running. They NEVER disappointed. I feel certain his loving presence will continue to be felt. Sincere condolences to ALL who mourn his passing. Time now to live out the lessons he taught. RIP Ron. Many thanks! - Posted by: Caroline Stevenson (Former customer ) on: Feb 18, 2023
It's with great sadness to hear the passing of "Ron". I met Ron in 1984 at McNaught Pontiac, working together in the service department. I met up with Ron in the recent past, he gave me a proud tour of his wonderful shop filled with talent and technology. He will be missed, but surly not forgotten. - Posted by: Barrett Filbert (Friend and fellow employee) on: Feb 18, 2023
I had the privilege to work for Ron for almost 5 years. He was one of the most generous entrepreneurs that I've known, always looking out for those who were in need. He had a great sense of humour but was also one of the hardest working individuals...never scared of a challenge. Ron will be missed by the entire community and surrounding area. Rest in Peace my friend - Posted by: Tim C (Friend) on: Feb 18, 2023
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