Ronald James Haley

February 24, 1939December 2, 2018

Ronald James Haley, 79, of Sagamore Beach, MA passed away on December 2, 2018 he was the son of the late James and Margaret M. (McIntosh ) Haley.

Ron was raised in Boston and attended Boston Technical high school, then on to Boston State College now U. M. He became a teacher and worked at Bourne Jr. & High School for many years. Ron kept in touch with many of his former students who often visited him. They all mentioned the important impact he had on their lives. This can be said of all who knew this kind, generous man whose laugh you could never mistake. He will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him..

Once Ron had retired he still kept busy to manage Bourne Scenic Park and helping with the Toys for Tots on the cape. He loved to garden and had a passion for fishing. He was also a Blue and Gold officer for the USNA.

He is survived by his loving wife Mary (Shaffer) Haley and their son Mark his wife Shannon Haley of Harwich, MA with their children Ryan, and Keira Haley. Brothers; Bob Haley of FL, and Joseph Haley and his wife Rosemary of Braintree, MA.

Services will be private, for online condolences please visit

In lieu of flowers please donate in Ron’s name to the wounded warrior project homes for our troops at www. or at for homes for our troops.

“Eternal Father, LCDR (usnr) Ronald Haley request permission to come aboard, sir!”


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Ronald James Haley

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John Ciccariello

December 12, 2018

Mark: My deepest condolences on loss of your DAD, to you, your family and his wife Mary. The times I got to share some time with him at Northside were short, but certainly spoke of the individual he was and his love for his family. I know your Dad touched many lives and hearts. I read this verse in the Bible at my Dad's service as he was a fisherman. Mark16: " As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17. Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." Rest in Peace Ron.

John Szucs

December 10, 2018

Mary, Mark & Family:
It's taken some time to form the right words and I'm still uncertain whether it's just right yet, but here it goes anyway. Unlike his former students, we didn't have the pleasure of having Ron as a teacher in the classroom. However, that's not to say we didn't learn a whole lot from him. He was a gentle man with a not so gentle and boisterous laugh, one that will never be forgotten. He's one of those priceless few individuals that when thought of, can bring an immediate smile to one's face. He was committed to his family, friends and the making of memories. We are blessed to have known him and share in some of those memorable moments. For his family, I hope the fond memories of a life well lived sustain you forever.

~The Szucs Family. John, Mary, John Jr.

Sleep well our adoptive dad, you've earned your heavenly rest.

Richard Bohmer

December 10, 2018

After Ron’s college graduatation, he went to the Navy Officer Candiate School (OCS), was commissioned an Ensign, USNR, and was assigned to the USS O’Bannon (DD-450), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 1962. That’s where we met, serving on the same ship. That summer, my sister-in-law, Mary Shaffer, came over from Columbus, Ohio, to visit her sister, Ann (my wife), and that’s when she met Ron. A long distance relationship developed and they were married, November, 1963. I was best man. Ron continued to serve on active duty until 1966 and in the US Navy Reserves (USNR) for 10 more years. He completed his
reserve service as commanding officer, USS Turkey (AMS-56) out of Falls River. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander (LCDR). He continued to serve the Navy by qualifying candidates from the Cape for acceptance to the Navy Academy for serveral years after his teaching career. We have been family for all these years and we continued to share many memories together even though our respective families grew up miles apart - MA and OH. Rest In Peace shipmate Ron.

Bill and Liz Henry

December 9, 2018

Dear Mary and Mark,
We were very sorry to hear about Ron's passing.Years can go by without seeing him but when we do see him we pick up where we left off.He always brought a smile to our lips.He would do anything for you. We were fortunate to have spend time with Ron and Mary at Ron Walters wedding last year .Growing up the highest compliment you could bestow on someone was "He's GOOD PEOPLE "If you looked up this on Google, the first link would say"Ron Haley " Thank you Ron. Your spirit and laugh will always be with us Liz and Bill Henry

Beth Bohmer Lundberg

December 9, 2018

Although we lived far apart as we were growing up, Uncle Ron was still such a large part of my childhood. Being the husband of my mom’s only sibling, he was an important piece of our small family. He served in the Navy with my dad and the love of the ocean never left him. When we visited him, Aunt Mary and my cousin Mark, everything we did centered around the ocean. Fishing, cooking lobster, and skipping rocks at the edge of the ocean. His infectious laugh still echoes in my memory. We have another amazing angel watching over us. We will miss you, Uncle Ron.

Lynn Fuller Kearney

December 7, 2018

Mr. Haley was an amazing teacher and a humble human being. I was fortunate to have Mr. Haley as a teacher, but more importantly the opportunity to know him as I grew up and raised a family in Bourne. His laugh was infectious, his love of the town and the people was amazing. He never said no, he was always there to offer a lending hand. Bourne was truly blessed to have him as a teacher, a mentor and a friend. God bless and heaven gained another amazing angel. Lynn Kearney

Rick Cox

December 6, 2018

Although Ron was a teacher during my years at Bourne High, I never had the privilege of having him as my teacher.

I knew him through interactions in sports and later at Bourne Scenic Park as well as his beloved “toys for tots” collection.

Always a gentleman and a true joy to be around. He was one of a kind and will be missed.

Mike Rainnie

December 6, 2018

Ron made me feel welcome when I first came to teach in Bourne. His humor, love of fishing , connection to Bourne Football, and love of teaching all made a huge impact on my life. “Good night, Sweet Prince. May flights of angels sing you to your rest!” May your heaven be filled with 40 lb stripers!

Barb Murphy

December 6, 2018

I have many fond memories of summers at the Cape with my Aunt Mary , Uncle Ron and cousin Mark. Where does the time go! I know Uncle Ron lived life to the fullest. And he made such an impact on the lives of so many others. My favorite quote is. “It’s not the number of breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away.” I believe Uncle Ron has had many of those moments. free! We love you, Uncle Ron!

Theresa Woods

December 6, 2018

Dear Mary and Mark & Family, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time. Love Theresa & Family