Passing of Ron Morris
March 7, 2018
Recently retired OABA Director, Ron Morris passed away, peacefully last night, after recovering from extensive heart surgery in New York City. As the former owner of Spotlight Graphics, a Sarasota, FL, Ron’s love was always the circus and carnival industry, after his first experience at the CNE in Toronto in 1952.
His industry experience as a business owner, show producer, booking agent, concession manager, and advance promotion and marketing background in both the United States and Canada provide Ron with many opportunities to have fun in the industry.
Ron was an active member of Showfolks of Sarasota (past president), IISA, OABA, NICA, IAFE, SLA, and the Circus Producers Association, which gave him a large network of industry associates, clients and most of all many good friends.
OABA’s former Chair Wayne McCary, who knew Ron for close to 30 years, enjoyed traveling with Ron to Europe, to attend the International Circus Federation meetings, the annual European Circus Federation’s Competition in Monaco and visit with his European showmen friends. Wayne says, “He had sawdust in his shoes. His love for the business took him to every corner of the World, where he had legions of friends. His last circus adventure carries on with great crowds in Hawaii.”
Our deepest sympathy to his wife, Arlene, his trusted wife, companion and fellow traveler.