Harry Ronald “Ron” Moncrief
Our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Harry Ronald (Ron) Moncrief, died suddenly in Halifax, Nova Scotia on December 12, 2022. He was 87.
Ron was born in Toronto to Beatrice (Walsh) and Harry Moncrief. He grew up surrounded by family, spending summers working on a farm in Peterborough, playing lots of hockey, and making friends wherever he went. He attended Humewood Public School, Upper Canada College, Vaughn Road Collegiate, and Ryerson Institute. Ron was always honest about the sadness he felt losing his father when he was only 14 years old. He met and married the love of his life, Evelyn (Herron). Together they welcomed two children, Robert (Donna) of Tantallon, Nova Scotia, and Sandra (Andrew Stuart) of Vienna, Virginia. Just ten days ago, Ron and Evelyn celebrated their 61st anniversary with a dinner out. Their enduring love was inspiring to many. Ron is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was predeceased by his father, his mother, his sister, Marjorie, and his brother, Douglas.
Ron embarked on a successful career in sales, and he was a lifelong member of the Canadian Professional Sales Association. He spent over two decades working for Kimberly Clark, where he established enduring friendships and was known for exceptional leadership and motivation. His roles took him from Toronto to Halifax, Nova Scotia, but for Ron, jobs were always about finding the best in people. He finished his career working with a group of peers at Crombie Kennedy in Toronto. When he and Evelyn retired in 1995, they spent summers at the bay and winters in various Florida communities, making new friends wherever they were.
Ron loved hockey. He played for many years and was a lifelong and forever optimistic fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ron enjoyed road trips, telling jokes and stories, planning surprises, working in his yard, golfing with his buddies, and connecting with people wherever he went. He was deeply devoted to his family. While in Nova Scotia, his vision established the multigenerational family tradition of summers at Mackerel Cove on St. Margaret’s Bay. He was so proud of his children and grandchildren, and they adored him. Harrison, Charles, Julia, Brooke, and Evelyn were always wildly entertained by Papa’s efforts to win the “Most Enthusiastic Grown-up” trophy at the annual All Cousin Birthday Party. Ron’s last road trip was to Ontario in October of this year, where he saw his oldest grandson graduate from university. In his last years, Ron kept a list of friends near and far whom he would regularly call and check in on.
Throughout his life, Ron welcomed old friends and new ones with warmth and humor. He was generous and always willing to lend a hand to help. He had an exceptional gift of relating to others and was admired and loved by everyone who knew him. He will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Shelter Nova Scotia, Feed Nova Scotia, or another charity of your choice that focuses on helping others, and then reach out to someone you have not heard from in a while.
There will be a visitation from 6 – 8 pm on Thursday, December 15, and the celebration of his life will be held at 2 pm on Friday, December 16. Both events will be held at Cornerstone Wesleyan Church, 1215 Hammond Plains Road, Hammonds Plains, NS. There will be a live stream of the service at https://cornerstonehfx.ca/live