MANCHESTER - Ronald D. Anstey Sr., 81, died on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester.
He was born in Canaan on July 14, 1932. He spent his childhood in Lebanon and Wilmington, Mass. Ron married Shirley Button, with whom he would have celebrated 60 years of marriage on Nov. 19. He served in the U.S. Navy
during the Korean War
In 1968, after having served seven years as a volunteer firefighter
, Ron became the first full-time firefighter on the Londonderry Fire Department, retiring as a captain in 1983. He and his wife retired to Ridge Manor, Fla., where he served as a deacon for 15 years at the First Baptist Church of Ridge Manor. After returning to New Hampshire, he served in the maintenance and ushering ministries at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Hooksett until his death.
In addition to his wife, Ron is survived by three sons, Ronald Anstey Jr. and his wife, Micheline, of Manchester, Scott Anstey and his wife, Barbara, of Northwood, and Greg Anstey and his wife, Dyane, of Barnstead; five grandchildren, Matthew, Krystal, Tanya, Stephanie and Stephen; and five great-grandchildren. Ron also leaves behind his three sisters, Margret Steinhoff of Sandown, Virginia O'Connell of Tewksbury, Mass., and Shirley Whalen of Ridge Manor, Fla., as well as his brother William Anstey of Billerica, Mass. Ron was predeceased by two brothers, Elmo and Dennis, and a grandson, Jason.
services: A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 2, 2013, at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 14 Mammoth Road, Hooksett.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ron's name to Emmanuel Baptist Church, 14 Mammoth Road, Hooksett, 03106, or the First Baptist Church of Ridge Manor, 34132 Ridge Manor Blvd., Dade City, FL 33523
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