Ronald and the shark | The Montreal Journal

When he was little, in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, he shined shoes and shared his earnings with his brothers and sisters. It’s been a while, and today, never, never, Ronald Corey turns 83 years old.

He is in resplendent form, in a joyful mood, a fascinating storyteller. At his age, he too is still an impressive golfer in the distance of his shots, the quality of his approaches and his analysis of the terrain. He calls himself all sorts of names when he misses a shot, but he quickly picks up his spirits on the streets of the magnificent Laval-sur-le-Lac club where he’s probably been at home for decades, and it seems. Of course, everyone knows him, but he also knows everyone… the members and the staff. Ronald is a leader at heart and always will be, even in a golf quartet.

Last Wednesday, Rodger, writer Luc Dionne, and I had an unforgettable day of golf with Ronald, even though each of us had to pay $20 to the author of District 31 at 18me hole. What a shark! That hurts.

SOLID THE MAN

Ronald Corey, this is an absolutely wonderful life lesson and I could use a book. Why not a movie? From Montreal, rue Chambly, to the presidency of the Canadiens, the journey is dazzling for a simple, brilliant guy who feeds on his extraordinary dynamism. If most NHL cities have new amphitheaters that keep them out of business and gear them toward survival profits, it’s because they followed Ronald’s analysis. He was a pioneer. When the Molson Center, now the Bell Center, opened its doors, we saw St. Louis, Chicago, Toronto, Los Angeles and most others follow suit and rebuild.

Ronald Corey, a man of principles, a strategist, but also a dreamer. When he reviews and recounts the path traveled, he is proud and he is right. In his own way, he changed the face of Montreal with an infectious passion. Ronald Corey hasn’t touched alcohol for decades. He hold on tight, he turns 84 in December and still runs three miles five days a week through the streets of Montreal. He has lived in the same house in Westmount for over 40 years and it is his duty to take his grandchildren to school. A man who sleeps little, reads a lot… calluses.

HISTORY BOOK

Two amusing anecdotes of Ronald who must have a thousand in his backpack.

In the Forum there was no place for the reunion of former players. With an employee, Ronald surveyed the building and, by taping the floor, we drew a small site off Atwater Street where we could set up a room for former players for whom Ronald had boundless respect and admiration. Before starting work, the approval of the fire department was required. However, Ronald explained the project to the boss and gave him a phone number. It was from Maurice Richard, and he said, “If the idea is rejected, I’d like you to tell him, Maurice Richard, and explain it to him.” “Everything was accepted.

One of Ronald’s fondest memories dates back to the week after he retired from the Forum. Molson Brewery employees got together and bought an entire page in the montreal daily to salute his work and thank him for everything he had achieved. “Engraved in my heart until my death,” says Ronald with moist eyes.

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