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Gillooly Funeral Home

126 Walpole Street, Norwood, MA

OBITUARY

Ronald James Vater

January 25, 1957January 25, 2020
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Ronald “Ronnie” James Vater, 63, Of Norwood, passed away on Saturday January 25, 2020. Born on January 25, 1957 in Milton, resided there until the age of five when he then moved to Norwood, and has resided here ever since. Ronnie was predeceased by his father Clarence Vater and his cherished mother-in-law Martha Sherman. He is survived by his beloved wife, Susan Marie (Wright) Vater; his loving sons, Eric and R. Dante Vater of Norwood; his devoted mother Joan (Adams) Vater; his brother, Alan Vater and wife Christina of Cohasset; his sisters-in-law, Teresa Wright and husband Stephen Haskell of South Yarmouth and Donna DeFaria and husband Tony of Taunton; his adored nieces and nephews, Tony Jr. of Taunton, Susan DeFaria and husband Danny and their daughter Aubree all of Fall River, Elizabeth, Jack and Torey Vater all of Cohasset; his aunt, Dorothy Berry of Hingham; his cousins, Ralph Berry and wife Karen of Scituate, Jennifer Berry and husband Dale of Hingham, Robert Consalvi and wife Diane of Plymouth, Debi Hardy and husband Steve of Plymouth, and Helen Landers of Plymouth, and his many loving friends.

Ronnie was the co-owner and operator of Vater Percussion in Holbrook. He loved his ’07 yellow Corvette, “the Bumblebee”, from Kentucky. Ronnie enjoyed freshwater fishing on his boat and growing tomatoes in his garden. Ronnie adored his family and his boys. He had the biggest heart around and would do anything for anyone. He was greatly loved and will forever be missed.

Visitation will be held on Friday January 31st from 4 to 8pm at Gillooly Funeral Home, 126 Walpole Street, Norwood. Funeral will be held on Saturday February 1st at 11:30am at Grace Episcopal Church, 150 Chapel Street, Norwood. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his memory to the Animal Rescue League of Brewster, 3981 Main St, Brewster, MA 02631.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 1, 2020

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Jeff Kersey

January 31, 2020

Jeff Kersey

January 31, 2020

Jeff Kersey

January 31, 2020

Jeff Kersey

January 31, 2020

I have known Ron about 25 years. We met during my tenure with Brooks & Dunn. The moment I met him, his fun loving, generous spirit shined. I knew I had met a new friend for life. I have a great memory of taking my wife on here first trip to New England. We spent a few days in the Boston area. The highlight of our trip was an amazing dinner at Anthony’s on the pier With Ron and Susan. Susan and my wife, Brenda, hit it off and we had a beautiful evening of great food and laughs. Through the years following that, we had many more special times together. I will cherish those memories and wish we could make more. I’m sure there is a honey hole fishing spot in heaven and Ron is reeling them in. RIP my friend. See you on the other side and we’ll go fishing together...

Jenny Salyers

January 30, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bruce and Jenny Salyers

Debora Clarke

January 30, 2020

Dear Sue
My heart is breaking for you, Eric and Dante. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult and sad time.
Your friend
Debbie

stephen corio

January 30, 2020

Susan, Joan, Alan & Family
I am so sorry for your loss. No words can express the heartbreak I felt when I heard of Ronnie's passing. For me, it was no different than losing a brother. There aren't many people with the heart and generosity of Ronnie. If he knew you needed something he would be the first to help. If there were more people like Ron, this world would be a better place for sure. Rest in peace my dear friend.
Thoughts and prayers

Steve Corio

Marie Doherty

January 30, 2020

Alan, please accept my sincere sympathy on the loss of your brother. You and your family are in my prayers

Marie (Fallon) Doherty

Kenny Elliott

January 30, 2020

Dear Ron,
Thank you for all the smiles, inspiration, insight and just being you. Your friendship will forever be cherished. I'll still have a part of you when I pick up Vater sticks to play. I'm gonna miss you. Love you...........Rest In Peace.

Rick Reed

January 29, 2020

Thanks for the laughs Ronnie! As long ago as they were I can still recollect.

R.I.P

Rick

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