Ronald E. Pine, 76, of Troy, Pa., (most recently of Waverly, N.Y.), passed away on May 21, 2013.
Ron was born in Okahumpka, Fla., to the late Clarence and Mildred Pine on June 21, 1936. He graduated from Troy High School where he met his high school sweetheart and wife of 55 years, Letitia Gerould. Ron started working at the Troy Gazette-Register/Bradco Printers at the young age of 17. He retired from there as the business owner after 40 years of dedicated service. Ron enjoyed bowhunting and riding motorcycle. He was always helping others with whatever they needed. He was a great, kind man — a true hero to his family and others. While Ron suffered a stroke in 1993, it didn't stop him. He continued his life as a kind, gentle man — willing to do whatever he could for anyone who asked. He was an inspiration of strength to all who knew him.
Ron is survived by his wife of 55 years, Letitia Gerould Pine, of Waverly, N.Y. (formerly of Troy, PA).; his three children, Kathy (Fred) Close, Tom (Penny) Pine and Sherry (Kent) Skeens. Ron and Letitia have nine grandchildren: Erin (Rob) Shannon, Kyle (Becky) Morris, SPC Ryan P. Jayne (KIA, Afghanistan), Adam Jayne, Jacob Skeens, Trent Skeens, Garrett Skeens, Ciara Pine, Caelyn Pine; two step-grandchildren: Derik Close and Emily Skeens; and one foster granddaughter. They have three great-grandchildren: Lexi and Lilah Shannon and Summer Morris. Ron is survived by his sister, Marge (Gene) Evans of Lockwood, N.Y., as well as many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by siblings Eloise Hulslander, Jack Pine and Jim Pine.
Ron was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and he will be greatly missed by his friends, family and "coffee buddies."
Abiding with the family's wishes, a private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to a
in loving memory of Ronald E. Pine.