Following the recent death of Tim Hortons co-founder Ron Joyce, Burlington mayor Marianne Meed Ward has issued a statement commemorating Joyce and his career.
Ward praises Joyce for his work in building the Tim Hortons brand to international success, and also calls attention to his charity work.
“Burlington lost a great man and community leader in the passing of Ron Joyce, one of our most celebrated and generous residents,” Ward said.
“Mr. Joyce leaves a legacy of remarkable entrepreneurship and business success, as well as one of meaningful philanthropy and giving back.”
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Joyce was 88 when he passed away peacefully at his Burlington residence.
Burlington lost a great man, entrepreneur & community leader yesterday. His impact reaches far beyond our borders & will live on through his philanthropy, his family & of course, our country's favourite coffee. #RIPRonJoyce Cheers to your legacy! pic.twitter.com/oGOsAdIysP
— Marianne Meed Ward (@MariannMeedWard) February 1, 2019
His charity work includes helping make education more accessible for all Canadians through the Joyce Family Foundation, as well as sending youth from low-income families to summer camps through the Tim Horton’s Children’s Foundation.
Ward also brings attention to the long list of awards and acknowledgements Joyce received throughout his life.
“In addition to local recognition via the Distinguished Entrepreneur Award by the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, and his name on display at the Ron Joyce Centre (home of the DeGroote School of Business’ Burlington campus), he also received the Order of Canada, the Gary Wright Humanitarian Award, the Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year Award, and was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.”
“He will be missed not only by those he knew and impacted throughout Burlington, but throughout the country and beyond.”