Ronald A. Negray
1930 - 2018
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Ronald A. Negray

Ron Negray, 88, of New Franklin, passed away peacefully, after a brief illness on November 8, 2018. Ron was born in Akron to Stephen and Mary Negray and graduated from Garfield High School. Ron was an outstanding high school athlete. He attended Kent State University after high school for a brief time to play baseball.

Ron left Kent State to pursue a professional baseball career and played for the Brooklyn/LA Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies from 1952-1958, and was with the Dodgers the first season they moved to Los Angeles in 1958. Ron loved to tell stories about his baseball experiences, including the opportunity to play with the baseball legends, Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella, and his adventures during the times he played "winter ball" in Cuba, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic. After leaving the Major League, Ron played Minor League baseball for another five years, and in 1963 left baseball to start a sales career selling athletic supplies and uniforms to high schools, colleges, and professional teams, until his retirement.

Ron was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Shelly Koehl Negray; and his son, Ronnie.

A special thanks to Nick Bollas of the New Franklin Police Department and the nurses and doctors at Summa Hospital for the care they provided Ron in his final days.

Per Ron's request, there will be no calling hours or funeral service. The family will hold a private graveside service. Donations in Ron's memory may be sent to Manchester Athletics, c/o Manchester High School or The Chapel. The Negray Family condolence book is available at the funeral home's website.

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Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Nov. 11, 2018.
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12 entries
May 5, 2019
Ron, was my 1st cousin.
Saddened to hear of his passing.
Marian Foore
January 14, 2019
Ron holds a special place in our hearts. He was a dear friend and neighbor and he will always be missed. The Bachtel family
Jacklyn Bachtel
November 15, 2018
Mary Johnson and brother-in-law Ron Negray
Carol Johnson
November 15, 2018
Ron Negray 1956 baseball card
Carol Johnson
November 14, 2018
Dianne Couts
November 13, 2018
For no special reason, I still have MR Negray's 1956 baseball card. It was in the first pack of cards I ever bought. I always thought he looked like a good guy. I am glad I was right.
Rest In Peace, Ron Negray.


Joseph Thaler
Enumclaw, WA
Joseph Thaler
November 12, 2018
God Bless you, Ron.

Melanie Misitigh (Negrey Cousin)
Melanie Misitigh
November 12, 2018
As one of the many cousins, we all looked up to Ron and will miss him dearly. May you rest in peace.
John & Mary Ellen Misitigh
November 12, 2018
Carol Johnson
November 12, 2018
Sorry to read of Ron's passing. Enjoyed many rounds of golf with Ron at BBCC.
Don Muffley
November 11, 2018
Rest in peace, cousin

Cheryl and James Negrey, Huron, Ohio
November 11, 2018
Uncle Ron was a truly good man and a great uncle. I will miss him.
Frank Bradshaw
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