Ronald Bissett

November 8th 1931 – July 18th 2015

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Ron died peacefully the morning of July 18th, 2015 after a courageous fight against cancer.

Ron was born on November 8th, 1931 to George Keltie and Phyllis (Laycock) Bissett in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  He was the older of the two “Bissett Boys”, preceded in death by his younger brother Robert George Bissett (1932-2012).

Ron grew up in the Grandview area of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and the two boys also spent several years in Lethbridge with extended family while their father was away at war.  He graduated from Britannia High School and was the team captain and pivotal member of their 1949-50 championship boys’ basketball team as their lanky center.  Ron’s play that year included many 20 plus scoring games with equal rebounding prowess on their way to clinching the title.

Many schools were interested in the young and talented natural athlete, including several in Washington and Oregon.  He instead stayed close to home and took his talents on the court to the University of British Columbia where he earned his varsity letter his first year.

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Word got out about the talented Canadian and soon Ron found himself playing for the Seattle University Chieftains from 1952-54.   Ron was a key member of the record setting NCAA  team that in 1953-54 won 26 games in a row, a school record that still stands.  In May of 2011 he was inducted into the Seattle University Athletic Hall Of Fame as a member of the 1952-53 Men’s Basketball Team which earned their first trip to the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 29-4.

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During his time at Seattle University, Ron met and later married Noreen Lindblom, and they soon began their family together.

While at Seattle University playing ball and pursuing his degree in Business, Ron also played amateur basketball for the Alberni Athletics in Alberni, BC, travelling back and forth on the weekends.  He had a celebrated career with this team after college as well, playing in front of sellout crowds in the old Alberni Hall.

In 1955 the Athletics won the Senior “A” Men’s Canadian Basketball Championship, quite an accomplishment for the small logging town.  In 2001 Ron was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame & Museum as a member of the 1955 Alberni Athletics Canadian Men’s Basketball Champions.

Still riding the wave of success from the Canadian Championship the year prior, Ron was selected as a member of the 1956 Canadian Olympic Men’s Basketball team and travelled to Melbourne, Australia to compete against the greatest basketball players from all over the world.  Although the Canadians placed 9th in the competition, Ron made many friends and collected memories to last for a lifetime.  As Ron’s family grew he continued to stay active and was also a talented pitcher playing many years for 102 Tavern in the Seattle Men’s Fast Pitch league.

Ron worked hard after college owning several small businesses with college friends, was an active member of the Seattle JC’s, and also was a Seafair Clown for many years.  He earned his CPA license and worked building his business over the years and loved a good fight with the IRS.  Ron’s clients were loyal and many stayed with him for 20 plus years and became close friends. He was actively working until just months before his passing.

Ron was passionate and continually involved in his family’s lives. For many, many years he could be found in the corner at the Sno-King ice arena supporting his young sons’ (and daughter’s) hockey teams, and then later his grandson as well.  He was a sports fan his entire life, always there to offer a word of encouragement for all of his kids and grandkids.

Ron is survived by a large family and circle of close friends who loved him dearly. These include his former wife and friend Noreen, five adult children and their families: Pamela (Victor) Jones and their children Matthew Jones, Chelsea and Kevin Haisman and their children Isla and Nora, and  Ken Jones, Jim and Deanna Bissett and their children Nicole Bissett and Carina Bissett, John and Linda Bissett and their son Robby Bissett, Lynda Bissett Poling and her daughter Jamie Poling, Tom and Celia Bissett and their children Mackenzie Bissett, Jada Bissett, and Madeline Bissett, (10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren in all), and longtime companion and friend Betty Craig and her children Lisa and Paula and their families.

He loved to travel and share special moments with friends and family.  He gained the respect, admiration and love of all those around him. He was a humble, driven, dedicated and compassionate man.  He had a wonderful smile and a big heart, earning him the nickname “the gentle giant”.  He will be missed dearly.

In honor of Ron’s passing please donate to a cancer charity of choice in lieu of flowers.  At Ron’s request there will be no services.

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The family wishes to thank all those who have supported us and especially Peters Creek Retirement staff and Evergreen Hospital & Evergreen Hospice for all the care and support they have given.

 

 

12 Responses to “Ronald Bissett”

  • John, Linda & Robby says:

    Grandpa Ron….We miss you SO much already but we know you are out of pain and with your dad and brother. They say our pain will go away someday. RIP Ron. Our LOVE always. ps: PLEASE say HI to my Mommy & daddy when you see them.(LB)

  • Jeff Hoff says:

    Great tribute to a classy man. I loved talking to Me. Bissett at the rink. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bissett family.

  • Bob Kannberg says:

    Ron you will be missed. I will always cherish our talks at our chosen Starbucks locations. Tere, Angela and I will miss working with you on the taxes.

  • Caroline and Merv Korolek says:

    We came to know Ron,, through our very good friend Betty Craig. Ron loved, and cared a lot for Betty. We would see Ron often when he visited Betty, in Vancouvet, Canada. Ron, was a super nice gentleman. We were so glad that he touched our lives. He was very knowledgeable, as he read a lot. He would cover every passage in the newspaper. He will be so missed by us, and by a lot of his friends. RIP

  • Carolyn Carson says:

    It is difficult to let go of dear Friends. Thankfully we are left with the memories of treasured times spent with Ron a very special, gentle man with a beautiful soul.

  • Doug Pendergraft says:

    I loved Ron like a brother. We have known and cared for each other for over 50 years. We always found ways to get into business together and he made even our failures into special endeavors. He was a good and decent man. He was also passionate about his native country’s sport of hockey, his adopted country’s “sport” of conservatism and especially about his family and friends. Ron said he would see me again. I look forward to that.

  • Angela McManigal says:

    I smile every time I remember you, so many years ago, quietly chuckling and shaking your head at the antics and conversations going on around you in our office of mostly women!

  • Tere Kannberg says:

    Miss you ‘Biscuit’….. we worked well together….. Tere K

  • bobanderson says:

    as a fellow CPA Ron and I enjoyed many hockey games together in key arena. peace Ron

  • Norma Leith says:

    business associate turned good friend will be truly missed. one great guy!

  • Jon Alexander says:

    Ron did my taxes for about 25 years. He was always a pleasure to talk to. He will be missed. Best wishes to his family & all those who were close to him.

  • Cyndy Lystad says:

    So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. Hope the family is doing well…

    Cyndy

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