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Ronald Popiel

Ronald Popiel
July 30, 1968 – November 12, 2023 

It is with profound sadness that we say goodbye to Ron Popiel, loving husband to Susan and amazing dad to Natalie and Kate, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Ron was born in Pine Falls, Manitoba and raised in Powerview where he embraced his small-town upbringing that taught him the importance of community and relationships through his active youth, participating in hockey, baseball, church and simply having fun with his friends.

After graduation, he moved to Winnipeg to pursue an education that resulted in a career that he truly loved in the hospitality industry. Ron’s strong sense of customer service and caring for his guests was reflected in the passion and dedication he showed to ensure the best experience possible for his guests. Each hotel and senior’s residence he worked at was like a second home for him and he took pride in working with and building great teams. After managing a senior’s care residence for over eight years, Ron finished his career as General Manager at the Hyatt House Hotel, where he truly felt he had found his new “home”.

Ron lived a life helping those around him. He showed his love every day with the beautiful acts of kindness he so readily shared with others. Ron was known to family and friends as the “The World’s Greatest Host”. He never passed up an opportunity to host dinners, BBQs and family gatherings. He loved to spend his time at home cooking for his family and friends. Morning pancakes were always available, any day of the week for his daughters or anyone who happened to be there for breakfast. We know his famous ribs and shortbread cookies at Christmas will be missed by many.

Most would agree that family and fatherhood were the most important thing to Ron. His girls were his pride and joy. He loved supporting them at school as part of the parent counsel and ensuring they had opportunities in activities they wanted to pursue like gymnastics, choir, piano, musical theatre, dancing and curling.

Both Ron and Susan believed that travel provided the best learning experiences for their daughters, and they dedicated precious vacation time to allowing them to see the world. Ron was a travel bug after meeting Susan, and he said he would never regret the decisions they made to travel, as they provided such wonderful experiences and memories that his family could share for a lifetime. His true happy place was Hawaii, where he felt he could really unwind and rejuvenate.

Ron loved spending time with his family and making his home a beautiful place. He enjoyed landscaping and maintaining his home, putzing around and riding the quads on his parent’s farm near Beausejour or relaxing on the patio and playing a round of golf with his in-laws in Minnedosa.

His nieces and nephews were all close to him and have fond memories of hanging out with their uncle at the farm, playing Mario Kart, eating Uncle Ron’s pancakes, attending Blue Bomber games, golfing, and vacationing together.

On a recent video call with his childhood friends, Ron reminded them that it’s about the memories you make, not the things that you acquire in life that really matter in the end. Ron truly lived to make memories with the people he loved.

Ron was pre-deceased by his father, Joe. He has left to cherish his memory, his wife of 23 years, Susan; their two daughters, Natalie and Kate; Mother Doris; Mother-in-Law and Father-in-Law, Ray and Darlene Bright; Sister, Cheryl Janz (Mike); Sister-in-Law, Janet Bright Corne (Ian); Brother-in-law, Ken Bright (Karie); his nieces and nephews Sadie and Hugh Corne, Brady, Paige and Meagan Janz; special Aunt, Carol Holyk and many relatives.

The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and healthcare staff who cared for Ron through his illness and a very special thanks to Dr. Beshara, Karen and the wonderful nurses and support staff at the Buhler Cancer Centre at Victoria General Hospital who always made his treatments just a little bit easier with their kindness, smiles, and genuine care.

Funeral services will be held at Mary Mother of the Church, 85 Kirkbridge Dr., Winnipeg, MB on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at 1:00 pm with reception to follow off-site.

Interment will follow at a later date in Minnedosa.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to Cancer Care Manitoba or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

7 thoughts on “Ronald Popiel”

  1. I was saddened by the news of Ron’s passing. He was a great leader, manager and mentor to me and I’m sure many others.
    To Susan, Natalie, Kate and family I send my heartfelt Condolences.

  2. We were terribly sad to learn of Ron‘s passing. It doesn’t seem fair that such a kind gentleman had to suffer with cancer the way he did. I know Ron and Susan have been amazing hosts to my mom and brother on multiple occasions. Ron was also exceptionally kind and caring assisting our family with my aunt Margaret’s transition from independent living to assisted living. We always appreciated his kindness. RIP, Ron. You are very appreciated!

  3. Cheryl( Ogg) Tymchak

    He will be missed. Being a great friend and always having a smile that light up the room. Thank you Ronnie for great childhood memories.

  4. We were very sorry to hear of Ron’s struggle with cancer and passing. We met Ron when my father became a resident in independent living. Ron made every day special, he was always there to say hello, have a chat, listen to a story. He enriched the lives of all those he encountered. We enjoyed seeing his young girls grow up as they helped out at special events. Condolences to them and the whole family.
    Tracy (Magill) Schmidt

  5. My heartfelt condolences to Susan and family during this difficult time.
    Ron was a special person who will be deeply missed by so many including myself.
    I will always cherish fond memories of our “teaching – training” days up north – where it all began for him & Susan.
    Good times – Lots of laughs –
    Keep smiling up there my friend.

  6. Susan and girls! There is sadness when a love one leaves us, but are left with beautiful memories to sustain us. Use those memories every day! My thoughts & prayers are with you & your girls! Stay brave, stay with the day, knowing you have so much support!

  7. Susan and family,
    Our industry has lost a good one but better because of him.
    Susan, my heart and thoughts are with you and the girls now and always.
    Take care,

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