Ron died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Ron is survived by his partner Monse, his son Ian (Chantelle) and grandson Lincoln, stepson Josh, stepdaughter Tori, his sisters Cathy and Janet (Jim), his brother Allan (Helen) and numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents and his brother-in-law Jim.
Ron was born in Trail on February 12, 1952 to the late William (Bill) Kassian and Hazel Kassian (nee McLeod). He spent his childhood in the Shavers Bench area before leaving to study Forestry at Selkirk College. He began his 40 year Forestry career in the East Kootenays, living in Invermere for 20 years before returning to Rossland in 1996. Ron’s Forest Fire Suppression and Forest Management skills took him to most parts of British Columbia, to California, Ontario and Australia.
Ron led an active life as a lifelong skier, hockey player and avid outdoorsman. He spent many years involved in ski racing, ski patrolling and playing hockey on many teams at all levels. He was at one with the wilderness, horses and dogs. Ron was a very genuine and caring person who will be dearly missed by his family, friends and teammates.
A celebration of Ron’s life will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at The Miner’s Union Hall, 1765 Columbia Avenue in Rossland. Please bring your favorite photo and/or story, Ron loved stories!
As an expression of sympathy, donations in Ron’s name may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society at c/o 908 Rossland Avenue, Trail, BC, V1R 3N6.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at