Tim Hortons Co-Founder Dies

The co-founder of Tim Hortons has died.

Ron Joyce was the first franchise owner of the now-iconic coffee and doughnut chain in Hamilton in 1964, later partnering with Tim Horton himself in 1967.

The coffee chain released a statement saying:

“Today, we join the entire Tim Hortons family in mourning the passing of one of our founders, Ronald V. Joyce.

Ron was a larger than life friend who not only helped create one of Canada’s most iconic brands but was passionate about ensuring Tim Hortons always gave back to the community.

His work with so many charitable organizations across Canada, including the Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre in Hamilton, Ontario and the Joyce Family Foundation will continue to have a lasting legacy for future generations.

His love and commitment to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation was celebrated recently with the dedication of the Ronald V. Joyce House at the Tim Horton Children’s Camp in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, recognizing his tremendous dedication to helping youth.

On behalf of all restaurant owners, team members, guests, and the entire Tim Hortons family, we offer our deepest condolences to the family and many friends of Ron Joyce.”

Joyce was also known for his philanthropic work, receiving the Order of Canada in 1992 for his work with underprivileged children and youth. 

He also funded the "Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre" at the University of Windsor and also gifted the school with $10,000,000 for the Ed Lumley Bursary.

According to the Joyce Family Foundation website, he was born in Tatamagouche, N.S., in 1930.

He was 88.