In Memory of Ron McLean, Auctioneer Extraordinaire



Ronald McLean, the patriarch and founder of modern-day Waddington’s, passed away this past Saturday morning, March 25, at the age of 92.

Ron will be remembered for both his business integrity and engaging charm, but most people will also fondly recall his skill, character and humour, as a wonderful auctioneer. Whether he was selling an eclectic, one of a kind piece to an anxiously excited client at a Waddington’s regular weekly auction, or a fine painting that was destined to grace the wall of a prominent collection offered in a catalogued auction, his auctioning style was the same, delivered in his broad, Northern England accent. Informed, at the same time entertaining, and never missing a bid.

In contrast to this new era of anonymous and impersonal online auctions – Ron, sitting above the crowd and declaring an item he was offering as “not hard sold” was the classic old school auctioneer.

A celebration of Ron’s life will be held in early May at Waddington’s.
Posted: 3/27/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Duncan McLean
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UPCOMING AUCTIONS & EVENTS



Ethnographic Arts and Artifacts Online Auction
including the collection of Joey and Toby Tanenbaum
April 22 - 27, 2017


On View:
Sunday, April 23, 2017
from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Monday, April 24, 2017
from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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"Off the Wall" Art Online Auction
April 22 - 27, 2017


On View:
Sunday, April 23, 2017
from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Monday, April 24, 2017
from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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Fine Spirits Online Auction
May 8 - 16, 2017


This auction will start closing at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Under the authority of the LCBO


Fine Wine Online Auction
May 8 - 16, 2017


This auction will start closing at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Under the authority of the LCBO


"Off the Wall" Art Online Auction
May 13 - 18, 2017


On View:
Sunday, May 14, 2017
from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Monday, May 15, 2017
from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Decorative Arts Online Auction
May 13 - 18, 2017


On View:
Sunday, May 14, 2017
from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Monday, May 15, 2017
from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Jewellery & Watch Auction
including Numismatics
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 1:00 pm


On View:
Sunday, May 14, 2017
from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Monday, May 15, 2017
from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm


Inuit Art Online Auction
May 27 - June 1, 2017


On View:
Saturday, May 27, 2017
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, May 28, 2017
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm


Canadian Fine Art Auction
Monday, May 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm


On View:
May 23 - May 26, 2017
from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 27, 2017
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, May 28, 2017
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday, May 29, 2017
from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm


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Inuit Art Auction
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 6:00 pm


On View:
May 23 - 26, 2017
from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 27, 2017
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, May 28, 2017
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday, May 29, 2017
from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm


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Asian Art Online Auction
June 10 - 15, 2017


On View:
Friday, June 9, 2017
from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Saturday, June 10, 2017
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 11, 2017
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday, June 12, 2017
from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm


Decorative Arts Online Auction
June 10 - 15, 2017


On View:
Friday, June 9, 2017
from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Saturday, June 10, 2017
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 11, 2017
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday, June 12, 2017
from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm


Asian Art Auction
Monday, June 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm


On View:
Friday, June 9, 2017
from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Saturday, June 10, 2017
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 11, 2017
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday, June 12, 2017
from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm


International Art Auction
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm


On View:
Friday, June 9, 2017
from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Saturday, June 10, 2017
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 11, 2017
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday, June 12, 2017
from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm


Fine Jewellery Auction
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm


On View:
Friday, June 9, 2017
from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Saturday, June 10, 2017
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 11, 2017
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday, June 12, 2017
from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm


Decorative Arts Auction
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 6:00 pm


On View:
Friday, June 9, 2017
from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Saturday, June 10, 2017
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 11, 2017
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday, June 12, 2017
from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm


The Canada 150 Auction
Monday, June 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm


On View:
Friday, June 16, 2017
from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Saturday, June 17, 2017
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 18, 2017
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday, June 19, 2017
from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

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Fine Wine Online Auction
September 11 - 19, 2017


This auction will start closing at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Under the authority of the LCBO


Fine Wine Online Auction
November 20 - 28, 2017


This auction will start closing at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Under the authority of the LCBO