Ronald H. Anderson
Ronald H. Anderson, 81, of Greenville, Sc passed away on August 22, 2014 after a short illness.
He was born in Worcester, MA on August 12, 1933 to Howard and Evelyn Anderson. Ron attended Worcester public schools, graduated from Wilbraham-Munson Academy (MA) where he was an outstanding athlete. He was awarded scholarships for three sports by Middlebury College (VT) from which he graduated in 1959. Ron served two years in the U.S. Army and later earned an MBA degree from Michigan State University on a fellowship from his employer.
Ron and his wife lived in Bedford, NY for forty-three years prior to moving to Greenville in 2013.
Ron's business career was in sales and marketing and he rose to the top executive positions at Cadbury Schweppes Co., Tetley Tea Co., Penn Mutual Insurance Co., and Chock Full 'O Nuts Co. Before retirement he was co-owner of DeBole's Pasta Company, now part of The Hain Celestial Group.
Ron loved sports both as a participant and spectator. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge with young people and coached several youth basketball and baseball teams. He spent countless hours with friends playing tennis. Ron was also a very proud and supportive alumnus of Middlebury College and closely followed their academic programs and sports teams until his death. In the last decade Ron was faced with several major health issues but always worked courageously to try to overcome them.
Ron was a long time member of the Bedford Presbyterian Church, Bedford Golf and Tennis Club, Bedford Chowder and Marching Society, and Chestnut Ridge Racquet Club.
He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-five years, JoAnn, as well as a son, Dr. David G. Anderson (Tracy) of Greenville, a daughter, Carol A. Hess (Peter) of Danvers, MA, and five beloved grandchildren: Luke and Natalie Anderson, and Christian, Catlin, and Melina Hess. Ron was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather and a friend to many. He will be sorely missed!
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Bedford Presbyterian Church, Bedford, NY.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ron's memory to the Middlebury College Alumni Fund, 5 Court St., Middlebury, VT 05753 or to the Bedford Presbyterian Church, Village Green, Bedford, NY 10506.
Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown
Thomas McAfee Funeral Home - Downtown Chapel
639 North Main Street
Greenville, SC 29601
Published in The Greenville News on Aug. 27, 2014