1947 - 2013
Kevin Marron was born in London, England in 1947 and grew up in Egypt, Bahrain, South Wales and the west of England. He taught for a year in Algeria, before reading English at Cambridge University. After graduating from Cambridge, he came to Canada to do postgraduate work at McMaster University. In the 1970s, he taught at a free school near Paris, Ontario, worked on an alternative community newspaper in Brantford, and edited a weekly newspaper in Dundas.
He began working for the Globe and Mail, as a freelance journalist in the late 1970s, initially as a correspondent in the Hamilton-Niagara region, writing general news stories, covering the criminal courts, local politics, social and environmental issues. His first non-fiction book, the bestselling Ritual Abuse was published in 1988. During the next decade, he wrote four more critically acclaimed books. The Slammer, published in 1996, was named by Macleans magazine as one of the best books of the year.
Since the mid-1990s, Marron worked as a freelance writer, focusing mainly on business and technology. He wrote regularly on these topics for the Globe and Mail and other publications, while spending much of his time writing for corporate clients and working with the Hamilton-based consulting firm Policy Planning Plus Inc., which specializes in management consulting for health and human service agencies. Kevin Marron was a member of the Writers' Union of Canada (www.writersunion.ca) and the Professional Writers Association of Canada (www.pwac.ca)
Kevin was an accomplished writer, author and journalist. He was inquisitive and compassionate, with a love for nature, whiskey and sport. Kevin travelled across the world yet found some of his greatest pleasures exploring the paths and trails throughout the Hamilton area. In his memory, his family and friends have dedicated the Marshwalk Trail Platform located at the Royal Botanical Gardens on one of his favorite trails in the Cootes Paradise Marsh.