OBITUARY

John M Ronan

April 2, 1962October 25, 2020

John Michael Ronan, 58, died unexpectedly on October 25, 2020 at Rumford Community Hospital in Rumford, ME.

John was born in Rumford to John R "Jack" Ronan and Theresa (Boudreaux) Ronan on April 2,1962. He had fond memories of growing up on Penobscot Street and spending time at the family camp on Worthley Pond in Peru. John graduated from Rumford High School and studied accounting at Husson University in Bangor, ME. Soon after departing from campus, John started his own company: John M. Ronan Professional Painting and Drywall. It was in his trade that John found his rhythym and his peace. He was born to mud walls and was a master at his craft.

If there were to be one word to sum up a life, John's word would be HEART. He put his into everything that held meaning for him: his children, his fiancee, his work, Home Depot, his trucks. He would give of himself until there was nothing left to give and then give a little bit more. John never met a stranger. He was a friend to all he knew. He had an infectious smile that flashed without reserve, a kind and cheerful 'Hey, there!" that brightened your day, and a slightly botched punchline to every joke he told. John had a close personal relationship with God and he turned to Him often to lighten his load when the outside world became more than he could stand. He was passionate about politics and would give his full effort to help you see things his way. He loved the ocean and would often be found there telling anyone who was near how beautiful it was. He loved to eat. He really, really loved to eat. John was adamant a meal wasn't complete without dessert and dessert should be shared with the ones you love. He carried treats in his pocket for every dog that greeted him. He let a cat move in because it wanted to. He made peanut butter toast for the squirrels beneath his deck. John was kind. He was good. He was boundlessly loved. And he will be forever deeply and profoundly missed. He was heart. And without him, our hearts will never be the same.

John is survived by his fiancee, Lori Bretz of Peru; his son Joshua Ronan and wife Kassi of Auburn; his daughter Jeana Ronan of Rumford, his son Noah Ronan of Rumford, his brother Dennis Ronan and wife Kathleen of Auburn, his brother Linwood Ronan and wife Jackie of Rumford, his sister Pamela Jacobs of Augusta, and many nieces and nephews. He had a special bond with his niece April Benedix-Pinard of Livermore. He was also the very proud grandpa of Sloane Ronan and her much anticipated baby sister.

John was predeceased by his parents, his sister Ellen Benedix of Livermore, and his beloved dogs Lady and Cubby.

We would like to thank everyone for their outpouring of love and support.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to: Greater Androscoggin Humane Society.

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Nichole Richard

November 4, 2020

So very sorry to hear about John's passing. I've been serving him for 7 years at dollar tree, he was a very nice guy with a great sense of humor. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to all his family and friends.

andrew gerrier

November 4, 2020

Linwood and family I am so sorry on your loss , still can't believe it.

Louanne Thibodeau

November 4, 2020

We send our sympathy to the Ronan family, John was a wonderful, gentle, caring, supportive, loving man! He loved his children, more than ever and was so proud of them. He helped my family, my mom, and all the neighbors of the Virginia group. He will sadly be missed by all, including all the pets he loved.

Michael ronan

November 1, 2020

John spent his last month on earth, at my home. I fell I was special, I guess. Because I felt his love of life ! He would tell me many things because he was open, kind , and open! He had a heart that could fill the Grand Canyon. I will miss that guy! Sometimes we would butt heads! But it wouldn’t last ten minutes! John left a hole in the world witch can’t be filled! He will be missed at our family’s outing which he was always there! I’m very sorry for John’s Family, his children that ment the most to John! There’s a hole in the world to knight!

Sean Ronan

November 1, 2020

I would first like to start out by saying John I love you ! I can’t imagine this life without you in it. I always enjoyed receiving phone calls from you it always made my day to hear your voice and for you to call me Shawnee boy... sometimes we would talk for hours .. you always showed Your Concerns with my immediate family my children call you uncle John because it seemed as though we where brother ‘s not cousins we shared so much joy . . Our conversations where endless our childhood memories of us and our adventures in life .although I didn’t get to say good bye to you and I only wish that had been in the story . I will never forget your handsome smile your wisdom that helped me through my challenges you were always there for me and me for you in happy and sad moments in our lives . You helped me through devastation in my life you always had my back and I had yours . I was alway proud to had called you my first cousin it’s going to take some time for me to get over this tragedy of your death part of me has died with you John . Someday I’ll see you agin . We can ride our bikes together play the games we use to play on Penobscot street joyous memories of you that I will never ever forget. For know John I have to say So long ... until we meet agin John Michael Ronan ... I will remember this happy Cruise that we took to Bermuda together with our boys it will be a long cherished memory that I will never ever forget. I love you ... John ❤️

Julie Steward

November 1, 2020

John, you are truly missed. The dogs at Sissy's want you to know that they will miss your visits, laughter and gentle pats to the head! I have known you for years and have called you friend and will always be grateful for that. I will always think of you when I look at my shop or one of your favorite dogs . You will always be in our hearts . Prayers for your family❤️

Sue Cassidy

November 1, 2020

I remember John from high school; he was soft-spoken, respectful, and quick with a smile. He helped people feel valued and welcome. The outpouring of support is a testiment to what
he meant to anyone who met him.

To his family, please know that we share your profound pain of John's untimely passing.

Rachel Auger

November 1, 2020

Linwood, Dennis & Pam

John was a good friend of all my family. I enjoyed watching him grow up and he will be greatly missed.

Sincerely
Rachel Auger

Karen MacDonald - Simpson

October 31, 2020

John and I were in the same kindergarten class at Bisbee school. Our paths never crossed again. Rest in peace, dear little classmate.
Sincerely,
Karen MacDonald-Simpson

Margaret Collette

October 30, 2020

Deepest condolences and sympathies to the Ronan family and all those who loved him... My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you all.. May he Rest in Eternal Peace and Love Surrounded by all those who have passed before him. God Bless John~

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