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Ronald N. GaspardOctober 20, 1931 ~ August 12, 2017 (age 85)
WINCHENDON- Ronald N. Gaspard, 85, formerly of Winchendon, MA died Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Heywood Hospital, in Gardner, MA.
Ron was born in Clearwater, Florida on October 20, 1931. He was the son and only child of the late Nicholas Gaspard Jr.& Ruth (Silver) Gaspard, both formerly of Clearwater, FL. Ron lived in Winchendon for many years with his wife, until moving to the Baldwinville Skilled Nursing Care & Rehabilitation Center, in December 2015.
He was a 1950 graduate of the Robert E. Fitch High School, in Groton, CT and was a 1955 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy. He also attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL and Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He proudly served in the United States Coast Guard from 1951 until his discharge in 1959. His last assignment was on board the USCG Yakutat, based out of New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Ron worked as a Computer Engineer for many years at the Raytheon Company in Waltham, MA up until his retirement in 1992. He was a member of Unitarian Universalist Church, a member and former Treasurer of the Friends of Beals Memorial Library, and he was also a member of the Winchendon Historical Society. Ron once held a commercial pilot’s license and enjoyed teaching people how to fly small aircraft. In addition, he also enjoyed Traveling, Engineering, Science Fiction, History, Political Commentary, Classical Music, Computer Technology, various outlets of Social Media Communication, and visits from his Children and Grandkids.
He leaves behind his wife of close to thirty years Elaine L. (Frantz) Gaspard, of Winchendon, MA, his three children Lisa R. Tierney (and Son-in-Law, Tom) of Peachtree City, GA, Joel D. Gaspard of Ottawa, Ontario, and Susan M. Hicks (and Son-in-Law, LeRoi) of Wilmington, DE. Ron also leaves seven grandchildren: Rachel, Jack, Lauren, Katya, Mackenzie, Finn, and Wyatt.
In accordance with his wishes, Ron’s ashes will be scattered at sea by the United States Coast Guard.
Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon is directing arrangements.