Original Helix Guitarist Ron Watson Dies @ 62
Mitch Lafon: “Original Helix guitarist, Ron Watson, has passed away. My sincerest condolences. May he R.I.P.” – (Ron is on the far left)
On January 17, 2019, after 21 years of Sisyphean battles with Multiple Myeloma, Ron Watson passed away without pain. He was 62 years old.
A true Renaissance man, Ron loved and celebrated the arts. His Gibson SG gave him great joy and had been a companion to him since the 1970s. He was a founding member of the band Helix, and played guitar in Verticle and Room of Fools in the 80s. In the last decade of his life he reunited with some former band members to form The Heinz Peper Band and the Rockervilles.
Helix was formed in 1974 in Kitchener, Ontario. The original members were: Bruce Arnold (drums & band leader), Brian Vollmer (vocals), Ron Watson & Rick Trembley (guitars), Keith Zurbrigg (bass), and Don Simmons (keyboards).