Gloucester, MA – Ronald D. Fan…

Gloucester, MA – Ronald D. Fanion Jr., died unexpectedly on March 9, 2019, at the age of 63. He was born in Bristol, Conn., and lived in Plainville, Conn., until his family moved to Gloucester in 1971. He graduated from Gloucester High School in 1974 after playing three years on the GHS football team, a sport he loved and excelled at well enough to be declared an Unsung Hero for the 1973 GHS team.

Over the years, Ron had many jobs and talents. He made sundaes at Friendly’s, was a draftsman for Sylvania in Ipswich, worked at the Forum in Boston, lumped on the docks, bartended, and did quite meticulous auto body work.

Ron is survived by his sisters, Charlene Prescott and Leane Ellis and her husband Bill; as well as his brother Theodore P. Fanion; and his nephews Theodore P. Fanion II and Andrew M. Fanion, all from Gloucester. He was predeceased by his mother, Dorothy Wovers Grandy; his step-father, A. Edwin Grandy; and his brother-in-law Paul Prescott.

Ron was a good man who lived his life on his own terms and was fiercely loyal and protective of those he loved. He never played reindeer games and refused to color Easter eggs, but when Ron appeared at family events he entertained with his ongoing commentary and distinctive cackle. His Magnolia high school and Mansfield St. Halloween parties were legendary. He truly enjoyed golfing, a good game of cards, and was never more content then when he was cooking for his buddies at the camp in Maine. The AMVETS was his favorite hangout where he reconnected with old friends and read the GD Times. Ron was a huge fan of Westerns, enjoyed reading, especially espionage, mysteries, and books on military history, and loved to crank up his tunes, which were a mix of CCR, Simon & Garfunkel, Black Sabbath, vintage Alice Cooper, Super Tramp, and Buddy Guy, just to name a few.

In keeping with Ron’s wishes, there will be no service to mark his passing. Instead, he would ask that you raise a glass or toke to him and just party. Be happy. We know somewhere he is creating mayhem and playing Hearts with Hummer, Billy, Bags, and other old friends and family who were waiting for Zola to show up and get the party started.

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