Ronald McEachin
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Ronald McEachin
Generous and caring, he worked to benefit his hometown of Newark in the Department of Economic & Housing Development
Ronald McEachin was born in Newark, New Jersey to the late Henrietta McLeod and Murdock McEachin on May 4, 1944.
Ronald was third born of three children and attended the Newark Public School System's Summer Avenue Elementary School (now Roberto Clemente School), and Central High School. After Graduating Central, Ronald attended and received a Bachelor of Arts in Extensive Studies, and a Masters in Arts of Teaching from Harvard College in 1968.
After leaving Harvard Ronald received a Masters of Arts in Politics from Princeton University in 1972. Being a life-long learner and a citizen of the International community, Ronald applied his extensive intellectual gifts to become fluent in five languages.
Ronald leveraged his academic training to hold important positions in the public and private sectors, including the Federal Reserve Bank in New York, were he met his wife Gladys Santana.
Having a desire to help the city of his birth Ronald brought an elite education and a distinguished professional career to Newark to work in the Department of Economic & Housing Development. During his twelve-year tenure Ronald provided important analysis & policy prescriptions to senior leadership, informing consequential economic development projects throughout the entire city.
Of the many academic and professional titles bestowed on Ronald, the titles that most aptly describe the essence of who he was were unassuming, generous, and caring. Ronald was a teacher in the best sense, giving endlessly and unselfishly of his time, wisdom, and knowledge. He appealed to our better angles and eloquently advocated for a more tolerant and inclusive world. Ronald McEachin was the quintessential Renaissance man.
At age of thirty seven Ronald united with Gladys Santana in Holy Matrimony, after a four year courtship.
Ronald is survived by his wife Gladys, his brother Belton McEachin, sister-in-law Betty McEachin, Greensboro NC, brother-in law Sampson Cribbs, Jasper, FL, sisters-in-law Alexis Cribbs, Jasper, FL, Sherry Cerdeira, Bronx, NY, Kelly Santana, Jasper, FL, Porsha Smith, Live Oak FL, Goddaughter Ashley Pacheco, Goshen, NY and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends. Ronald was pre-deceased by his parents and his older brother Deacon James McLeod.
Ronald was called home on Monday May 4, 2020 at 11:15 pm. He was at peace and in the presence of his loving wife who will continue to love him deeply.

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Published in The Star-Ledger on May 15, 2020.
MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
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May 16, 2020
My condolences to Gladys and the family. I would call him Mr. Smooth. He was such a thoughtful, caring person. He will be missed.
Evelyn Concepcion
Friend
May 16, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Leona
Coworker
May 16, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Leona
Coworker
May 15, 2020
Ron was always dressed to impress. He spoke very little and whenever Id say good morning Ron, hed always giggle before saying hello CaRena
Carina P
Coworker
May 15, 2020
Ronald was caring, a gentlemen and always full of joy and full of life even in his hardest moments. He will dearly be missed. May he rest in eternal peace.
Sónia
Friend
May 15, 2020
Ron was a fashionable, intelligent gentleman who was a joy to have known and worked with. I'll miss his inviting presence and engaging intellect. Prayers to his wife Gladys and family.
clifton Chambers
May 15, 2020
It is so hard to believe. I use to work for the City and had the pleasure of working on some projects with him. Always kind and a gentleman such a loss to the City. My prayers to his wife and family.
Angela Tyndell
Coworker
May 15, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
clifton Chambers
Coworker
May 15, 2020
Ronald was a gentle and caring person. We worked together unril his retirememt. He will always be a pleasant memory.
Georgia
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