January 27, 2016 3:46 pm
Updated: January 27, 2016 3:47 pm

Southern sendoff: Calgary Tower lights Olympic flame in honour of Ron Southern

The 191 metre Calgary Tower was built in 1967 as a Canadian centennial project. A glass floor installed in 2005 offers a birds‐eye view of the streets below and coloured exterior LED lights were introduced in 2014.


CALGARY – The Olympic flame atop the Calgary Tower will be lit on Thursday in honour of businessman Ron Southern.

Southern was the founder of ATCO and Spruce Meadows. He passed away last week at the age of 85.

The tower’s cauldron will be lit from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. In addition, its LED lights will glow red, a colour requested by Southern’s family to signify his patriotic spirit.

“We are proud to honour the legacy of such a prominent Calgarian,” Operations and Business Development Manager Erin Beattie said in a Wednesday news release. “Considering that ATCO helped to install our Olympic cauldron, Ron’s legacy is one very close to our hearts.”

The Langevin Bridge, Olympic Plaza, Arts Commons, and Stephen Avenue Galleria Trees will also be lit red.

Southern is survived by his wife, Margaret Southern, and his daughters, Nancy Southern and Linda Southern-Heathcott.

A funeral will be held at Spruce Meadows on Thursday at 11 a.m.

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