Obituary for Ronald F. "Ron" Lacey
Ronald Floyd Lacey, 81, formerly of Palermo, ME and Fairfield, CT, passed away, peacefully, Saturday, December 30, 2017 of Parkinson’s disease and Lewy Body Dementia at the Maine Veterans' Home in Augusta, ME with his loving family by his side. Ron was born October 2, 1936, in Bridgeport, CT, to Clinton and Meredith (Bilodeau) Lacey.
He attended Fairfield schools, earning his GED in the U.S. Army while stationed in Korea at the end of the war. Ron was able to see much of the world and the United States during his three years in the Army. After returning home, Ron became a certified automobile mechanic. On his birthday in 1960, Ron met Linda Kenney. This occasion turned out to be the best birthday present he ever received. Ronald and Linda married on June 9, 1962. They settled in Fairfield, CT to raise their young family. In 1981, Ron and Linda moved their family to Palermo; choosing Maine to be closer to Linda's family. Ron was employed by various car dealerships in CT and ME, utilizing his skills as a mechanic. Ron enjoyed the rural location of Palermo; hunting and fishing in the surrounding area. Annual trips to Laconia, NH for Motorcycle Week and Daytona Beach, FL for the Daytona 500 were well earned vacations. Ron shared a love of golf with his oldest son, Wayne. They could be seen on local courses with friends throughout the spring and summer. Ron returned to Connecticut for visits every year to see family and friends. Ronald was a devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was a NY Yankees fan and a member of the Palermo American Legion.
He was predeceased by his father and mother; son, Steven Glenn Lacey; his father-in-law, Fred L. Kenney; brother, Richard Lacey; brothers-in-law: Seymour (Sy) Schneider and Peter O’Donoghue and a niece, Brooke O’Donoghue.He is survived by his wife of more than 55 years, Linda Lacey; mother-in-law, Grace Kenney; daughter, Gayle L. Pelletier and her husband, Michael Pelletier; son, Wayne R. Lacey; daughter, Sharon Lee Lacey; son, Douglas D. Lacey and his wife, Mary Lacey; grandchildren: Abigail and Ryan Pelletier and Benjamin Lacey. Also survived by his brother, Robert Lacey and his wife, Susan Lacey; sisters, Marilyn Schneider and Darlene O’Donoghue; sister-in-law, Winifred Lacey; very dear friends, Tony Politano, Gus Williams, Don Davis, George Nemeth, John Nemeth; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to MaineGeneral Hospice and Home Care as well as the staff at the Maine Veterans' Home, especially Company A, for the exceptional care and compassion they showed to Ron and the family during his time in their care.
Memorial service will be at South Parish Congregational Church, Augusta, Maine on Friday, January 5th at 11 AM. Burial will be in the Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Ron’s memory to one of the following preferred charities: American Cancer Society, New England Division, One Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME, 04086-1240, Founders Affiliate - American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA, 02241-7005, Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL, 33131, Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc., 912 Killian Hill Road S.W., Lilburn, GA, 30047, or Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, One East Wacker Drive, Suite 1730 Chicago, IL, 60601.