Ronald John Elliott born December 7, 1947 in Huntingdon, QC passed away at home on April 15, 2021 after a brutal battle with cancer, surrounded by his loved ones. Predeceased by his sister, Kathleen, his daughter Faye and his parents, John and Mary. Loved by wife Bernice, brother Bob, son Christopher, daughter Genevieve, 3 grandchildren, Jaxon, Ada Rose and Leonidas, uncle Pete (Moray), aunt Meta and many cousins and in-laws.
He studied geology at Carleton University before transferring to Mining Engineering at BCIT. After several summers working in exploration with his uncle, Peter Fox, he took his first first permanent position as Geological Technologist at the Iron Ore Company in Schefferville QC. He was promoted to Pit Foreman, then to Blasting Engineer after an interest in the science of Blasting, which became a lifelong passion. It was there that he first became a member of the ISEE and nervously presented his first paper at the Orlando convention in 1981.
It was also in Schefferville that he met his wife of 46 years, Bernice (nee Dupuis). Following their marriage, they welcomed 2 children, Christopher and Genevieve, while suffering the loss of a newborn. Just before the mine closed, the family moved to Logan Lake, BC, where Ron took a position as a Drill and Blast Supervisor at the new Highmont Mine. When the mine closed, he took a position as Blasting Superintendent with Pacific Blasting, eventually becoming Blasting Vice President. Explosives manufacturer Ireco hired him as a Technical Representative, eventually becoming the Canadian Technical Service Manager in Mississauga, ON, when Ireco was purchased by Dyno Nobel. While in Ontario, he revived the Ontario Trillium Chapter of the ISEE as its President. Pacific Blasting lured him back to the West Coast where he also revived the Western Canadian Chapter of the ISEE as its President. He dedicated a total of 22 years helping to grow Pacific Blasting from a local family-owned company to an international player, pursuing projects on all 4 corners of the globe. He was elected President of the ISEE, a culmination of nearly 40 years of advancing blasting safety, science and professionalism.
After "retiring" in 2013, he started a new chapter in his career as a Blasting Consultant. As principal of International Blasting Consultants, he continued to advance excellence, working locally and around the world. He was an avid curler, fisherman, golfer, skiier, and marksman.
We wish to thank the oncology nurses at Surrey Memorial Hospital and the Fraser Home Health Palliative Team, as well as his GP, Dr. Samantha Hage-Moussa.
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