Obituary for Ronald L. Pickering
Ronald L. Pickering, 85, longtime resident of Acton, MA, died on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 at Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA. He leaves his loving wife of 63 years, Irene (Wadsworth) Pickering.
Ronald was born and raised in Woonsocket, RI, son of the late Edwin and Olive (Morgan) Pickering. He was a graduate of Woonsocket H.S. Following high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a Veteran of the Korean War. After being honorably discharged he attended University of Rhode Island; Providence College and finished his education at Northeastern University with a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He was employed for many years with National Grid and later Unisource Company as a Senior Electrical Engineer until his retirement. He was a member of the Acton Congregational Church in Acton for many years.
Besides his wife, Ronald is survived by his son, Andrew Pickering and wife Lyn Coyle Pickering of Littleton, MA and his 4 grandchildren, Christopher, Jonathan, Nicholas and Mattie Pickering. He was predeceased by his son Christopher and daughter Leslie. He is also survived by his sister, Beverly LeBlanc and husband Boris of Maine, his brother-in-law Dickie Polardy, husband of Ronald’s late sister Judy of Bellingham, MA along with many nieces and nephews.
Ronald had many interests and hobbies throughout his life which included playing tennis, fishing and ball room dancing. Both he and his wife Irene were dedicated human rights activists for many years. Most of all he cherished spending time with his family, especially later with his grandchildren. He was a kind and caring individual and his giving spirit will be remembered by all who loved and knew him.
Visitation at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave. (Rte 111) Acton will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 from 12pm to 1pm followed by a service at 1pm in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Acton Center. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: TILL, Inc., 20 Eastbrook Road, Dedham, MA 02026, also online at www.tillinc.org
Memorial page www.actonfuneralhome.com