Ronald Jack Williscroft [RJ] succumbed to cancer on Aug. 11, 2017, after a courageous battle.
RJ was born in High Prairie on Aug. 23, 1954, to Jack and Emma Williscroft.
He was predeceased by: his father, Jack Williscroft; and is survived by his mother, Emma Williscroft; wife Linda Williscroft; children Darrell Williscroft, Ryan Williscroft, and Jody Williscroft; sister Tammy Melnyk [husband Alan Melnyk] and her children, Robert Beamish and Jennifer Woodcock; brother Gerry Williscroft [wife Judy Williscroft] and their children Chris Williscroft and Kylie Williscroft; brother Gary Williscroft [wife JoAnn Williscroft] and their children Jenna Cox, Riley Williscroft, Stephanie Airth, and Karla Williscroft.
RJ attended school in the Banana Belt and High Prairie. He grew up working with his family together on the Banana Belt homestead. At age 16, RJ started his career alongside his dad in the logging industry.
On Nov. 17, 1973, RJ married Linda Talbott at the Triangle Hall, and between 1976-81 they had three children: Darrell, Ryan, and Jody.
After losing his dad in 1977, RJ pursued his career in road building and oilfield construction. In 1988, RJ acquired Emerald Trucking Enterprises, which was an oil transportation company. The trucking company sold in 2005. Between 2007-13, RJ built a marina and RV park in Joussard known as Shadow Creek Resort.
RJ’s hobbies included working, singing and playing guitar, riding horses and rodeo, trail rides and campouts with family and friends, flying his plane, and traveling.
RJ was community oriented and contributed to many projects in the area, volunteering at many events, or providing sponsorship.
RJ was a member of the High Prairie Elks. He held positions for the vice chair and chairman of the Elks Rodeo Committee from 1996-2005. During this time, with the help of many volunteers, new grandstands were built, corrals were upgraded, and the sponsorship booth was added.
At the 2017 Elks Pro Rodeo, a special honour was made to RJ for all the work he had done.
A celebration of life held on Aug. 28, 2017.