Ronald Eugene Trudeau (1929 - 2012)

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Ronald Eugene Trudeau , 83, of North Gate, formerly of Goshen, Mass., died Dec. 31, 2012 after a long illness at his home in Homestead.

Born August 27, 1929, in Easthampton, Mass., he was the son of the late Clarence G. and Beatrice (Fisher) Trudeau. He leaves his wife, Susan R. (Remy) Trudeau, of Homestead; a brother, James Trudeau, of Concord, N.C. and a sister, Virginia Gianini , of Easthampton. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.

Ronald was the father of Jeanne M. Kopperl, of North Port, Fla., Diana L. Hoffmann, of North Attleboro, Mass., and Mark A. Trudeau, of Norman, Okla., and stepfather of Joan Rockett, of Leeds, Mass., Julie Abel, of Southampton, Mass., Kelly Rogalski, of Agawam, Mass.,and Cory Theobald, of West Springfield, Mass. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild, and 11 step-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his eldest sister, Lucille (Trudeau) Stone and his daughter, Marjorie K. (Trudeau) Cagle.

A 1947 graduate of Easthampton High School, Ron was awarded the achievement of Eagle Scout in 1945. He spent his boyhood years delivering newspapers, working part time for a local bank and furniture store, trout fishing, and bird hunting.

He served as a staff sargeant in the US Air Force from 1948-1952 during the Korean War at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi, Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado, and Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. During his enlistment, he completed courses in electronics, microwave and microwave instrumentation theory, and missile attitude control theory and, on completion, became an instructor of each course. Prior to his honorable discharge in 1952, he married his late wife, Essie M. (Clackler)Trudeau.

On his return to Massachusetts, Ron accepted a supervisory position testing US Navy radar systems at Westinghouse Electric Corp. in East Springfield, Mass. In 1955, he became an employee of Kollmorgen Corp's E/O Division in Northampton, Mass. In his early years, he worked as an engineering technician. Later, he became the manager of the engineering laboratory. Throughout his employ, he attended numerous courses at The University of Massachusetts, The University of Connecticut, and Yale to keep abreast of his field. From 1965-1975, he served as the cognizant electronic and microwave engineer for the development and production phases of several US Navy periscope systems. Two of his inventions were patented during those years. In 1975, Ron was promoted to quality assurance manager. That same year, he married his wife, Sue, an avid Red Sox fan vs. his lifelong devotion to the Yankees. He retired in 1985 and began a new business, Swift River Trade, where he designed and manufactured firearm accessories and created and patented his third invention, a unique shotgun accessory. From 1986 thru 1995, he also engaged in part time consulting to Kollmorgen Corp's Technical Publications Department.

Mr. Trudeau was a former member of the Florence Congregational Church in Florence, and served on the RE Committee. In 1981, Ron served as co-chairman for the Town of Goshen's Bicentennial Parade. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and had two of his articles published in the NRA magazine. He was also a member of the North American Fishing Club. He continued to enjoy outdoor sports, including fishing, deer and bird hunting along with his English Springers . He spent time gunsmithing, checkering gunstocks and reloading ammunition. Woodworking in his workshop was one of his favorite pastimes and he enjoyed watching the many birds who regularly visited the bird feeders and birdhouses he crafted. He loved swimming in the family pool and gardening as well. Known for his gentle teasing way, he also liked to play an occasional practical joke on an unwitting suspect. He will be greatly missed by his family.

Services will be in the Village Hill Cemetery in Williamsburg, Mass. in the Spring and will be announced at a later date. Donations in Ron's memory may be sent to Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, 16800 NW 2nd Avenue, Suite 400, N.Miami, FL 33169.
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Jan. 3, 2013
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