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TORONTO, ON (August 11, 2020) –With great pain and sorrow, Realstar Hospitality advises of the recent passing of Ron Grant, hospitality industry veteran and former Regional Director of Franchise Development, Western Canada.

"We are shocked and deeply saddened," said Irwin Prince, President & COO of Realstar Hospitality. "Ron's passion and knowledge of the industry were inspirational to everyone who knew him."

Having retired at the end of last year, during Ron's 25 years with Realstar Hospitality, he focused on the development of the Days Inn and Motel 6 brands in Western Canada. Throughout his 50 years in the hospitality industry, Ron developed countless friendships across the country, a testament to his love of people, travel and the hotel business.

Ron passed away on July 31, 2020, at the age of 70, while at his cottage near Sudbury, Ontario, a sanctuary on the lake where he enjoyed spending summers.

He will be deeply missed by his wife Dianne, daughter Samantha, son-in-law Luke, grandchildren Alexandria, Hunter and Ruby Kate, son Carson, daughter-in-law Brandi, and grandson Calvin, many nieces and nephews, extended family in Ontario and numerous business associates.