The investor who oversaw the demise of one of Canada's oldest national real estate companies has died in a car accident. Ron Dixon was killed in a single‑vehicle car crash in Queretaro, Mexico. He was 61 years old.
bought NRS Block Bros. Realty in 1995 when the firm was in the midst of financial difficulties. He drastically restructured the company, laying off staff and closing many of the firm's offices, which at the time of his purchase numbered 85 in western Canada and 33 in eastern Canada, with a total of some 2,700 salespeople. Eighteen months later, the company collapsed, leaving over 400 creditors filing claims with the bankruptcy trustee.
At one time, Dixon owned the New Westminster Bruins and The Tri‑City Americans junior hockey clubs, as well as the Tri‑Cities Coliseum in Kennewick, Washington. The Canadian Press reports he was in the process of selling Vancouver radio station CKST AM‑1040 and owned three bars near Mexico City at the time of his death.