Doane Beal & Ames

260 Main Street, West Harwich, MA


Ronald Francis Musk

July 17, 1950October 16, 2019

Harwich - Ronald Francis Musk, 69, passed away on October 16, 2019. Born in Hartford, CT to Charles F. and Mary (Pestritto) Musk, Ron was raised in Avon, CT. After meeting his beloved wife, Cathe, in the North End of Boston 43 years ago, the couple lived in Connecticut where their children were born, before settling on Cape Cod in 1997. Ron was able to spend most hours of the day with his children instilling in them his love of the outdoors, architecture, sweets and sarcasm.

Ron was an accomplished furniture and cabinet maker. During his younger years, he owned R.F. Musk - Woodworking on Charles Street in Boston where he showcased his work. Ron and Cathe moved to Western Massachusetts where Ron continued to develop his craft, along with performing antique repairs for local museums.

After retirement, Ron devoted his time to coaching; Little League Baseball for his son Ramsey and both Middle school and competitive travel softball for his daughter Marianne. This led to his involvement with the Umpire Association of Cape Cod where he was Secretary for the Cape Cod Baseball Umpire Association (CCBUA), and a member of the Massachusetts Baseball Umpire Association (MBUA), American Baseball Umpire Association (ABUA) and the American Softball Association (ASA). Ron had a passion for the outdoors that traversed both land and sea which was apparent by his many sailing voyages, hikes, and chuchululus in the family hammock or on his boat, Bluesails.

In addition to his wife of 33 years, Ron is survived by his daughter Marianne, his son Ramsey, his siblings Kim (Billy) Steppen of Tolland, CT, Pam Musk (Dan Furbish) of Kingston, MA, and Richard (Wendy) Musk of Newtown, CT. Ron leaves his beloved great aunt, Tina Merz of West Hartford, CT and cousin Alison (Craig) Gravina of Farmington, CT, brother-in-law David Cerretani of Naples, FL, sister-in-law Linda (David) Arsenault of Stoneham, MA, sister-in-law Diana Cerretaini of Stoneham, MA, and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ron's name may be made to the Cape Cod Baseball League at www.capecodbaseball.org. Visiting hours will be Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 12 - 3 pm, with a Celebration of Life Service at 3 pm, at Doane Beal & Ames Funeral Home, 260 Main Street, West Harwich, MA 02671.


  • Visitation Saturday, October 26, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, October 26, 2019


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Ron Palmer

October 25, 2019

Ron was a very dear friend and and a real gentleman, a master craftsman as well as a great umpire. He was one of the mist knowledgeable people I have ever known and learned so much from our many conversations, I will certainly miss him during my summer visits to the cape.

My deepest sympathies to his wife Cathe, his daughter Marianne and his son Ramsey. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Joe Reynolds

October 24, 2019

Ron, you will be missed. Always had a smile, and always had good information. You left us to quick Ron, and we know you are coaching and umpiring from heaven. So long my friend.

To Ron's family, our deepest and dearest sympathies to you. Remember Ron, your husband/father/uncle/grandfather will always be watching you from above in your hearts,

He will always be with you!

Joe Reynolds

David Bisbee

October 24, 2019

Ron and I did many baseball games. It was always a pleasure having him as my partner. He loved doing the games and he will be missed.


October 24, 2019

Ron was not only a good friend. He was an incredibly upstanding human being—with a heart of gold—whom I had the pleasure to know for many years. I will miss our intelligent banter, his quick wit, the family updates, and the Mimosa, Jim-Bob's current status (a tree which was one of the many plants we swapped over the years).
I will miss him tremendously, and my heart breaks for his family on their terrible loss.
I also pray you find the strength in family and loved ones to get you through this difficult time.