Ronald James McKinnon, Sr., age 76, recently of Epping, New Hampshire and former resident of Salisbury, MA and Punta Gorda, Florida, died peacefully at his home Tuesday evening, July 29, 2014, with his loving family by his side.
Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, November 16, 1937, he was the son of the late Harold and Helen (Gagner) McKinnon and was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School, Class of 1955.
A highly decorated Vietnam Army Veteran, he proudly served his country from May 20, 1957 until his honorable discharge on May 19, 1959. Ron was awarded two Purple Heart medals along with the Bronze Star medal for bravery under fire and wounds sustained in combat in Southeast Asia. He also received the Combat Infantry Badge, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Campaign Medal Republic of Vietnam, Good Conduct Medal and Parachutist Wings.
Returning home from the war, he went on to graduate from Merrimack College in North Andover MA, while pursuing a 36-year career at Verizon finishing it as a 3rd level district Manager.
Ron was a man of great faith and had served as a Catholic Eucharistic Minister, sharing the Word of God with inmates in prison and patients in Hospitals.
As an accomplished woodcarver himself, Ron was president of the Woodcarvers Club in Punta Gorda, Florida, where he and his wife, Genevieve, enjoyed the more relaxed Florida lifestyle, including enthusiasm for boating, since his retirement. Returning home to be closer to his family, they came back north and settled in Epping.
In addition to his beloved wife of 55 years, Genevieve (Beauchamp) McKinnon, he is survived by two sons, Ronald J. McKinnon, Jr. and wife Marie of Newburyport and Wayne McKinnon of Seabrook, NH; his daughter, Cheryl Mason and husband Jeffrey of Salisbury; his eight adoring grandchildren, Danielle, Kendra, Jessica, Thomas, Danny, Kayla, Hunter and Hannah, along with a host of dear friends from near and far. He was predeceased by his two-day-old grandson, Cory, with whom he is now joyfully reunited. His spirit will forever live on in their hearts, continually reminding them of the fun-filled, wonderful times they shared.
A Memorial Mass for family and friends will be celebrated Monday, August 4, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Joseph Church of the Holy Family Parish, 2 School Street, Amesbury. Burial in Bartlett Cemetery, Amesbury, will be private for the family and there will be no visiting hours. Kindly omit flowers, instead, donations in his memory may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Suite 745, Boston, MA 02215 for pediatric research. Arrangements are by Paul C. Rogers & Sons Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury.