Ronald Vaughan "Ron" Joyce
(born 1930) is a Canadian
multi-millionaire businessman. He co-founded the Tim Hortons doughnut
chain as Tim Horton
's partner and first franchisee.
Early life and career
Born and raised in Tatamagouche
, Nova Scotia
, Joyce enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy
and specialized in communications. Joyce later moved to Hamilton
and joined the Hamilton Police force in 1956. He served as a police officer until 1965. He established a Dairy Queen franchise
in Hamilton and got to know the hockey
player Tim Horton by frequenting his doughnut shop while on foot patrol.
Joyce entered a franchise partnership with Horton in 1967, and Joyce reportedly wrote "You must be kidding!" in reference to the clause of the one-page franchise agreement requiring rent in advance. The full Tim Horton franchise was given to Joyce.
Joyce hired a management team and began to franchise the company throughout the late 1970s until the 1990s. During the early 1990s, Danny Murphy, a franchise owner of both Tim Hortons coffee shops and Wendy's
fast food restaurants in Prince Edward Island
wanted to combine both franchises under one roof in a new development in Montague
. Murphy asked Joyce and Wendy's founder, Dave Thomas
(1932–2002), to be present for the opening, which was reportedly the first time the business executives had met.
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