David Charles Ronco

May 4, 1964October 11, 2020

David C Ronco (Diesel), Portland, unexpectedly passed away on October 11, 2020. David was born on May 4, 1964 to Charles W and Colene L (Patterson) Ronco.

As a child David and family lived on Fore Street when the working waterfront was active and not yet developed. Dave grew an affinity for the waterfront and spent his lifetime living and working close by. Dave worked the waterfront in different capacities from unloading fishing boats, Harbor Fish Market as a delivery driver and later at Barber Food Company.

Dave enjoyed fishing and his most memorable excursion was fishing with brother Dana off the I-295 bridge over Veranda St, where Dave scored the only catch of the day! Dave loved watching the Kentucky Derby enjoying the excitement and tradition of Derby Day at Scarborough Downs, playing the Trifectas with his brothers.

Dave had been living on Vaughn St in the Bramhall Hill section of the West end where he never turned down an opportunity for a walk with family and friends serving as a tour guide along the Western Promenade. He enjoyed learning about and telling the histories of many of the Victorians. His favorite being the West Mansion. He loved listening to music and recently grooved to the sounds of the Atlantic Rhythm section.

Most of all Dave was a kind, considerate, compassionate brother and human being, generous to a fault. Often sharing what he had with others less fortunate.

RIP sweet brother. You are still in our hearts and minds, still making us laugh because your stories will live on.

David is survived by sister Debra & Craig Stewart (Elizabeth), Brothers: Dana & Della Ronco (Shannon), Daniel Ronco (Daniel and Logan) and his partner Donna Chamberlain, Christopher Ronco and Thomas & Michelle Ronco.


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Nancy Grant-Profenno

October 18, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Ronco family. My memories of Dave was how handsome and funny and really kind person he was. I loved his smile and laugh May you all find peace in his memories and each other.

Rob Morris

October 17, 2020

David and I went to school together dating all the way back to Longfellow Elementary School.
In later years, we worked together on a crew at R+S Seafoods, a place where many friendships were made between a very diverse group of people and David was a valuable contribution to the goodness and diversity of our group and our time on the waterfront.
David was a hard working, good, kind soul.
I’m am so sorry for your loss.

Ernest Poulos

October 17, 2020

My condolences to the Ronco family. Dave always had a kind heart.

Chuck Ronco

October 16, 2020

So sorry for your loss, wish we had shared more time together, he will be missed. My sincere condolences ~ Chuck R

Thomas Staples

October 16, 2020

To the Ronco Family
Very sorry for your loss, David had the biggest heart of anybody I ever knew, we all go back many years and lots of good memories, God speed David Charles Ronco catch up to ya on the other side brother.

Fred Ronco

October 16, 2020

Debbie, Dana, Danny, Chris, and Tommy - I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your brother and my cousin. His looks reminded me so much of your father. At my mom's funeral my son & daughter thought he looked like my father. Definitely a Ronco. I remember him as a kind, thoughtful person.

Ada Mathews

October 16, 2020

To the Ronco family,
So sorry for the loss of your brother, RIP David.
Ada Mathews, James Wynegar 3rd, Lisa and Paul Menario

Wanda Hammith

October 16, 2020

Dana sorry to hear about your brother .May he RIP. 🙏 sending prayers .🙏🌷


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