Thursday , January 21 2021

A childhood friend recalls Ron Joyce, co-founder of Local Tim Hortons News

Even as a child, Ron Joyce knew that he was poor and he did not want to stay there.

One day, his friend Jack Coulter had heard enough of it.

"I said," Well, we're all bad, " says Coulter on Friday.

"There were only two families in Tatamagouche there were any money. The rest of us were fed well and they were warm in the winter – we have never had anything else to talk about."

Joyce died on Thursday at his home in Burlington, Ont., With a family on his side. He was 88 years old.

For most Canadians, Joyce will be remembered as the incredible old police officer who joined Tim Horton's hockey player to build a chain of coffee shops now with over 4,000 shops.

He was also a humanitarian, who from 2017 had only given $ 52 million to universities and colleges in Atlantic Canada.

Then, there are thousands of children who are unlikely to know that Joyce is behind the network of seven camps for disadvantaged children who have located between Tatamagouche, Alberta and Kentucky.

For Coulter, he will be an old friend.

Tatamagouche's friend left for Ontario to make a new life at 15, serving in the navy as a wireless operator and then nine years as a police officer in Hamilton.

On one special call of remembrance with the police, he helped to introduce a baby.

During his early years in Hamilton, the old friends in Tatamagouche had not heard a lot from Ron.

To be fair, it was quite busy.

Tim king once became Dairy Queen's men

Turning to private business, Dairy Queen bought and wanted to add another but could not get money. That's when he joined Horton, the Toronto Maple Leafs defender who had another business started a chain of coffee shops.

So now it was a copy that also learned to make nuts.

In 1974, with 40 companies a franchise, Horton died in a car accident and Joyce bought his widow for $ 1 million.

Tim Hortons sold to Wendy & International Inc. in 1996. He was later purchased by Burger King, and both brands became Restaurant Brands International in 2014.

Despite the general success of Tim Hortons, however, Joyce did not want to see one of the restaurants interferes with the interests of a small business in her home village and promised that there would never be a franchise in Tatamagouche.

"I've heard that for a long time, Tim Hortons would never be in Tatamagouche as long as he was to live," said Mike Gregory, Colchester County Councilor for the Tatamagouche area.

"He was a fairly generous man, there was no doubt about him. He never forgot his roots, he never forgotten where he came from."

A statement from Tim Hortons said: "Ron was a friend of life that did not help create one of Canada's most iconic brands but was passionate about making Tim Hortons always back to the community."

"It was always careful to give credit to Horton and another business partner, Jimmy Charade," said Douglas Hunter, who has written the history of the franchise and the life of its founder in the Open Ice and Double Double books.

"But there is little doubt that Joyce was the man with the ambitious ambition. If Horton had not died in the car crash, he would have remained hooked, possibly as a general manager in the end. Joyce relating to coffee and donations. "

Although Coulter knew Joyce as a boy, Hunter knew him as a prominent businessman and powerful power.

The author says Joyce is proud of what he had to do & # 39;

The nature of the man behind the name came to know better after the interviews, when she was waiting for Ice Ice to go to print.

Someone in the book's publisher, Penguin, thought that more copies could be sold if the cash was Tim Hortons restaurants across Canada. So, without asking the author, they sent a copy of the manuscript that has not yet been published to the corporate office at Tim Hortons.

"I was dead," says Hunter.

Among the people quoted in Open Ice, Lori Horton, a widow of Tim, who at the time pleaded Joyce over the settlement, had reached two decades earlier.

Also in the book there was details of how Joyce had a mortgage property during the early days of the business to keep things that he did not even own.

There were also details about Horton drinking.

He was a book from a professional journalist, not hagiography.

Joyce's call hunter was out of the blue on Thursday.

"He said," Yes, I have, is going to give him a reading. Do not worry, I do not want to change anything, "says Hunter.

"Then he ringed again, in a little sweat, suddenly, Boy, I did not know that the tape was running.

Then Hunter, a freelance journalist, had no resources for long, nervous legal fight.

"It could have been fine," says Hunter.

"I said, Ron, do this for me – take the weekend and read it all." Monday the phone sings. He said, I can read it , I'm not happy with everything but I do not understand why it's there. & # 39; "

And the objections of her corporate solicitors would probably have objected, Joyce told Hunter to run the book.

For Hunter, he said so much about the man she was dealing with.

Later, he would have phone out of the blue phone from Joyce, just to chat.

"He was proud of what he had achieved," said Hunter.

"He was not enthusiastic or anything, he liked it had happened."

According to Tatamagouche

Although he wanted to escape youth poverty, Joyce never wanted to leave Tatamagouche behind him.

The Harbour Resort established a Resort and Spa near Wallace, Cumberland County, and set one camp of its children on the outskirts of Tatamagouche.

He was also a generous calm in the community.

"If people had heard about it in the community that needed help, it would do it in a calm way," said Ron Creighton, a lawyer with Truro Patterson Law Company living in Tatamagouche.

"The schools too. I know one day not too long ago the headman called there and said what can we do to help the school?"

Later in life, the old Joyce connections in the home became more prominent.

Coulter began to get more regular phone calls, just to chat about growing up and old disorders.

"He was a good man," said Coulter, 89. "I'm sorry to hear he's gone."

"My dad had a great vision and a great heart," said Steven Joyce in a statement on behalf of the family. "Through hard work, determination and driving, he built one of the most successful chains in Canada.

"He never forgot his bad start."

Senior Stephen McNeil said he was a pity to hear about passing Joyce.

"From a small community in Nova Scotia, he went on to find an iconic Canadian business," said McNeil in a statement. "His generosity was also well-known and made a difference in many lives.

"I offer sympathy with family and everyone who cares for it."

With files from Harry Sullivan and Steve Bruce

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