“Anybody can be the best versions of their self.”--And thereby leave a legacy that positively influences others to live well.
What better legacy to leave when you die? Ronald Worsfold left a legacy of love, kindness and generosity; may be we can all emulate this gentleman.
'He wasn't invisible, he was important' — Hundreds gather to mourn Ronald Worsfold
Published on: July 16, 2017 | Last Updated: July 16, 2017 9:09 PM MDT
Daughter Stacey Worsfold (in white) hugs a supporter during a memorial for Ron Worsfold at the St. Albert Grain Elevator Park in St. Albert on Sunday, July 16, 2017. Worsfold was killed in a homicide. IAN KUCERAK / POSTMEDIA
Hundreds of people gathered in the St. Albert Grain Elevator Park on Sunday to remember Ronald Worsfold, who changed the world around him through his quiet kindness.
Friends, family and coworkers, many dressed in blue and Oilers gear, described the 75-year-old man from St. Albert as a generous man who always had a smile on his face.
Worsfold was found dead on July 9 in rural Parkland County. A former tenant of an apartment building where Worsfold was a caretaker has been charged with first-degree murder.
Stacey Worsfold said her dad at times felt invisible, being the middle of 13 children and working as a gas station attendant, but that the large outpouring of support from the community showed he wasn’t. His actions spoke louder than his words.
“He wasn’t invisible, he was important,” Stacey Worsfold said.
She said she will miss her father for the rest of her life.
“We never left without saying ‘I love you and I’ll see you soon’,” she said.
The smoke in the air from the B.C. wildfires reminded Stacey of how her dad helped Fort McMurray evacuees during last year’s wildfire.
She asked people to be more positive and caring like her dad.
“Do not let the anger, hatred, regret and sadness into your life,” she said.
Jars of lolly pops are seen during a memorial for Ron Worsfold held at the St. Albert Grain Elevator Park in St. Albert on Sunday, July 16, 2017. Hundreds of people attended the memorial. IAN KUCERAK / POSTMEDIA
Customers who knew Ron Worsfold back from the days of full-service gas stations would head in to pay for gas so they could spend time with him.
The family gave out lollipops — something Ron Worsfold had on hand to give out to children at the Petro-Canada station where he worked.
Bev McLeod met Ron Worsfold through the Petro-Canada gas station more than 30 years ago and became friends.
“He always had his pocket full of suckers, and when we drove up to the gas station, he always ready there and the suckers out and the kids would love it,” McLeod said. “That’s how he was with everybody. He was just a wonderful man.”
McLeod described her friend as a sweet person who was a proud Oilers fan.
“Ron just shared everything with everyone — he was just a warm man,” she said.
McLeod added he didn’t deserve to have his life end the way it did.
“I think he probably knew everybody in the community,” she said.
John Wowk had worked with Ron at Northlands for years and called him a gentleman who was the type of guy who would give you the shirt off his back.
“We always talked hockey, a lot of times we argued hockey,” Wowk said with a laugh.
His daughter Sandy Worsfold said the park that her father overlooked from his home across the street for 34 years was “home” for all of their family, who now live throughout Alberta and B.C.
Ron Worsfold’s dad was an engineer from Jasper who would drive the train to Edmonton, making train history important to the family.
She said her dad would have underestimated the impact he had on people.
“He had no idea that him being himself, exuding that positivity, the way it’s touched so many people,” she said.
“Anybody can be the best versions of their self.”
A memorial to Ron Worsfold was on display during a memorial at the St. Albert Grain Elevator Park in St. Albert, Alta., on Sunday, July 16, 2017. IAN KUCERAK / POSTMEDIA
The family printed posters filled with positive stories and quotes shared on Facebook from people who knew Ron.
One person wrote how Ron was a light in their life when all they could see was darkness.
“It certainly has touched the entire family,” she said. “We all feel like we are a part of something he created.”
Beryl Musila, 28, faces charges of first-degree murder and indignity to human remains.