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Ronald Stanley Blicq

2 mayo , 192528 mayo , 2021

Peacefully, on May 28, 2021, at age 96, Ron Blicq passed away at the Grace Hospice in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, bringing down the final curtain on a remarkable life.

Ronald Stanley Blicq was born on the May 2, 1925, on the idyllic Island of Guernsey in the English Channel. In 1940, as the Nazis raced across France, occupation of the island became certain. His parents Arthur Stanley Blicq and Marjorie (nee) Steele made the difficult decision to evacuate Ron, age 15, and his two younger brothers to England and then Canada, where Marjorie had relatives.

The family left everything behind and began again in Winnipeg. Ron attended Kelvin High School until 1942 when, on his 18th birthday, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and trained as an airborne navigator and wireless operator and then on Mosquito fighter-bombers. He served in England, before being returned to Canada and discharged at the end of the war. Ron was bored with civilian life and loved flying. He decided to join Britain’s Royal Air Force and returned to England. He served in Bomber Command from 1947 to 1952 at the Suez Canal, In Singapore and in Australia, then as a navigation instructor and as a member of the RAF’s Radar Research Flying Unit.

After a long courtship, often interrupted by his overseas postings, in 1951, Ron married the love of his life, Irene Winifred Stratford, a child care worker he had met in Oxford. Sadly, he lost her to cancer in August, 1956. Ron then made the difficult decision to resign his commission and in 1957, he moved his young family to Canada, to be closer to his parents and other family members.

For 10 years he worked at CAE Industries in Winnipeg, writing and editing technical manuals for radar and associated equipment, before joining the staff of Red River College. For 23 years Ron taught technical communication skills to engineering technology students and observation writing to Child Care Students. He was a gifted educator and produced six successful textbooks. Technically-Write! is currently in its eighth edition.

In 1990, at 65, Ron retired from the college and embarked on another extraordinary chapter of his life. He traveled extensively, teaching workshops on effective business writing to scientific and technical organizations, and later in partnership with his colleague Lisa Moretto. Their work took them to Dominica, Moscow, Texas, Germany, and England and across Canada. He was the first Canadian appointed as a Fellow by the Society for Technical Communication and he was a Lifetime Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Professional Communication Society, which in 2000, established an Award in his name. In 1996 Red River College awarded him an honorary degree and he received many more accolades for his teaching and leadership, in Canada, the United States and Great Britain.

It was Lisa who convinced him, at age 72, to try downhill skiing and mountain biking at Grouse Mountain, in B.C. In 1990 he returned to his love of flying, earning his glider pilot’s wings at the Winnipeg Glider Club shortly after his 70th birthday. He travelled extensively, eventually becoming a member of Air Canada’s million mile program. He continued teaching workshops into his ‘90s and only recently moved out of his home on Oxford Street and into the Shaftesbury Park Retirement Residence where he made many friends. At the Shaftesbury he met and became close with Isaac Gotfried. He helped Isaac edit and publish his gripping memoir Lucky to Survive. Isaac was a holocaust death camp survivor who testified against Nazi war criminals at the International Court and Tribunal in Dachau.

Ron continued writing and editing both fiction and non-fiction right until the last weeks of his life. He had a great love for the theatre and in retirement became an award-winning playwright. Productions of his work have been mounted in Canada, America, New Zealand and Australia, on BBC Radio in the United Kingdom and on his beloved Island of Guernsey where he was a member of the Guernsey Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society. His play Closure was recently turned into a feature film called Connecting Flights and is currently being released internationally.

Ron is survived by his children Ian (Joanne), Andrew (Cindy) and Ali and her dog, Echo, who was a special companion for Ron; grandchildren Phoenyx, Graham, Edward, Caroline, Melanie and Krista, and great-grandchildren Noah, Heidi and Jonah. Ron also had a special relationship with his nieces Stephanie and Justine and their families. We will miss him terribly. He was an inspiration to all of us and we are celebrating his long life. A life well-lived.

We would like to thank Ron’s many friends, colleagues and acquaintances who have come forward to share their memories of him. He was intelligent, gentle, kind, thoughtful and generous to all who knew him.

The family would like to acknowledge the exceptional kindness and care shown to Ron and all of us over the last few weeks and months by the Shaftesbury Park Retirement Centre, the Riverview Health Centre and the staff of the Grace Hospice.

In light of the pandemic, there are no plans for a service at this time. Those who wish to may make a donation to the charity of their choice, or to the Agape Table, in Winnipeg.

Lift him now you mighty Merlins

From Shakespeare’s mortal coil

Plot a course for sunlit uplands

Then on home to Oxford and Irene

And eternal rest together

In his Scepter’d Isle.

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Susanna Portnoy

12 julio , 2021

To Ron's family,
We are part of Doreen Brownstone's Theatre family and got to know Ron while sitting around and chatting in Shaftesbury Coffee Bistro on many a Friday afternoon.
He was quite a guy and will be missed by many and wanted to send our heartfelt condolences.

Susanne Portnay
John Bluethner

Ingrid Vickers

3 julio , 2021

This man truly deserves a halo and set of wings

Andrew Procca

28 junio , 2021

Ron first touched my life in 1986 in his Red River Community College Technical Writing Class. He impacted my life by what he taught and by who his character that shone through.

After college whenever our paths crossed in communication courses or association events, it was always a delight and enriching.

An honourable man who has left this world better for his being here.

My condolences to his family and friends,
Andrew

Ellis Pratt

9 junio , 2021

I met Ron some of times when he spoke at the ISTC conferences in the UK. He could fit in anywhere he went. Ron left me with an impression of a person who was kind, curious, and active.

Gary Eastman

8 junio , 2021

Andy,
So sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. He was a great man and a good friend of our family. In fact, of all my friends, he is the Dad that I knew the best. I enjoyed his books and plays. He had a special friend in Janna. We will miss him at the Ding Doug parades. Au revoir, Ron.

Gary, Joan and Janna

Peter Elvers

6 junio , 2021

Sincere condolences to the family of my former colleague and friend of many decades, Ron Blicq. I shall remember Ron every time I see one of his books on my book shelves and when I need to write, using the skills he taught so masterfully.
Ron, you were a great educator, human being and friend.
Peter and Helga Elvers

Doreen Kerr

5 junio , 2021

Saddened and sorry for your loss
Ron Blicq was one of my favourite instructors at Red River College.
I still have my textbook "Administratively-Write" from his course.
Fascinating to read the longer story of his life than the 2 years I spent in his classes.
Red River College 1969 - 1971

Susan Haire

5 junio , 2021

My husband, Alan, and I were saddened to hear of Ron’s passing. We were proud to know Ron and to call him a friend. I met Ron at a meeting of our local STC (Society for Technical Communication) chapter back in 1988, but didn’t get to know him well until five years later, at the end of a conference we both attended in Nashville. We were on the same flight home, which was delayed due to weather, and ended up seated side-by-side at the airport coffee shop. We got to chatting and found out we both enjoyed writing fiction as well as ‘the technical stuff’. Since then, Ron has kindly read and critiqued some of my fiction writing, and I was privileged to do unofficial first edits on some of his books. We used to meet monthly for coffee, then less often as life became busy for us both. In the last couple of years, Ron occasionally invited Alan and me to lunch at Shaftesbury Park, followed by long chats into the afternoon. We will miss him greatly. Rest in peace, Ron.

Millie Moretto

5 junio , 2021

Ron was a gentleman we truly loved and respected. We owe gratitude to our daughter Lisa who brought him into our lives
Ron became part of our extended “family”
We have so many great memories of the GREAT MAN

Carol Kemp

3 junio , 2021

I am so saddened to hear of Ron’s passing. But I am so honoured to have known him, worked with him and been touched by his intellect, his generosity and his true gift for sharing his stories. I created advertising material for many of his publications and book covers and illustrations for his books. Whatever the project, he was all in! I have copies of his books, with lovely personal notes of thanks from him. I am so proud of the work we did together and will always think of him as inspirational. He was the real deal, a huge talent, and a wonderful human.

DE LA FAMILIA