The Canadian billionaire who co-founded the now-global Tim Hortons coffee chain has died at age 88.
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Ron Joyce died at the Joseph Brant Hospital (JBH) in Brampton, Ontario, and the hospital said they announced his death with “profound sadness.”
In 1964, Joyce invested in the first Tim Hortons donut shop in Hamilton and then grew the business into one of the most successful food service chains in the world.
“We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Joyce’s family and the many
people whose lives were made better by Mr. Joyce’s philanthropic support,” JBH said. “His generosity has been felt across the country in education, healthcare, and children’s charities.”
Condolences and words of thanks poured out on social media upon news of Joyce’s passing.
His was a rag to riches story. A high school dropout who became a billionaire!
— Rashi Kakkar (@rashi_kakkar) February 1, 2019
Played 18 holes w/ #RonJoyce @ FoxHarbr'
Found him to be a complicated man.
I loved what he accomplished w/ #TimHortons #ChildrensFoundation
That is the legacy that matters most. pic.twitter.com/tZmVU1Xq07
— Ian Andrew (@IanAndrewGolf) February 1, 2019
Sad to hear about the passing of Ron Joyce, co-founder of a great Canadian institution, @TimHortons. Just bought a fresh XL dark roast five minutes ago. #RonJoyce @CTVWindsor pic.twitter.com/34C3TLkunV
— Rich Garton (@RichGartonCTV) February 1, 2019
— Erin (@etorsney) February 1, 2019
— margaret (@MargaretsBelly) February 1, 2019
— Larry Di Ianni (@LarryDiIanni) February 1, 2019
— Ron McKerlie (@ronmckerlie) February 1, 2019
More to come…