Ronald W. Livers
1955 - 2020
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Ronald Wm. Livers, was born July 20, 1955 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, to the late Lawrence A. Livers, Sr. and the late Barbara (Waldrop) Livers. Ronnie took his final earthly leap into the arms of his Heavenly Father, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, December 19, 2020. We praise God for his amazing life. Ronnie was affectionately known as “Legs”. He was a graduate of A.D Eisenhower High School, Class of 1973. He went on to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Performance from San Jose State University in San Jose, California. Over the years, he served in various capacities at the Carson Valley School, The Pathway School, Lincoln Alternative School, Silver Springs Group Home, Northern Homes for Children, St. Gabriel’s Hall for Boys, Baptist Children’s Services and most recently, Stewart Middle School. His ability to leap seemingly effortlessly, led to the hurdles, high jump and triple jump events in high school, then college and beyond. In high school under the coaching of Coach Bob Shoudt, Ronnie developed and honed his gift. He travelled to San Jose, California, where he continued to achieve great things under the coaching of his big brother, Larry Livers, II, and Coach Ernie Bullard. His athletic achievements took him around the world, and the stories of his travels are never-ending. Ronnie was loved and his memory will be forever cherished by his adoring wife, Adriane; son, Onaji (Missy) Livers; grandchildren, Alvino, Kwalee, Sintae and Kemet; siblings, Lawrence A. Livers, II, Yvonne (Robert) Massie, Rosalyn (James) Owens; Donald (Skylit) Livers; mother-in-law, Nancy Jones; sisters-in-law, Lisa Jones-Jarrett, and Maria Jones; Godson, Adam Johnson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Public viewing will be held on Monday, December 28, 2020 at Ebenezer Methodist Church, 234 E. Spruce Street, Norristown, PA 19401, from 300 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Private services will be live-streamed on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. via Facebook Live on the Ebenezer Methodist Church Facebook page Interment will be following the private service in George Washington Memorial Park, 80 Stenton Avenue, Plymouth Meeting, PA.

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Published in The Times Herald from Dec. 22 to Dec. 24, 2020.
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January 27, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. I just learned of his passing. I met both of you at a crossroad in your lives. It has been a pleasure to be a part of Mr. Livers care. I have fond memories of the both you and the love that you had for one another shined through. Mrs. Livers you were very supportive in your husbands' time of need. I will always remember the warm smiles the two of you gave me at every visit. It meant a lot.

Sakinah Abdulhabir RN
Sakinah Abdulkhabir
January 22, 2021
My heart is heavy today (1/22/2021)when I read about Ronnie’s passing last month. I had Ronnie in class at Rittenhouse and coached him on the hardwoods for three years. After many years have passed, Ronnie and I recently made contact on Facebook and had plans to meet for breakfast. Due to this pandemic, our breakfast never materialized. We would have had a lot to talk about with many discussions beginning with, “Do you remember...?”. Ronnie impressed me as a dedicated and serious student at that young age as I also admired his potential as a gifted athlete. However, his most impressionable gift was his love for others and the impact he had on so many lives he touched. Ronnie had the smile that would light up a room and a heart that made that light so special. My condolences and prayers are being sent to Ronnie’s family and friends. Ronnie, may you rest in peace!
Love you!
Mr. Mazz
Bob Mazzerle
Teacher
January 11, 2021
Our most sincere thanks to all who shared memories or talked about how Ronnie impacted your life. He had many talents, but above all he loved people and he believed in showing it. He accomplished much, but he loved just being Ronnie. We pray the many expressions of condolence here and elsewhere will be a comfort to you as they have been to us.

God bless you!
Adriane Livers & Family
Spouse
December 30, 2020
Ronnie you were the greatest. I will never forget you. RIP. Stanley Settle
Stanley Settle
Friend
December 30, 2020
Ronnie you were the greatest. I'll never forget you. RIP. Stanley Settle
Stanley Settle
Friend
December 29, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
HELEN JOHNSON
Classmate
December 28, 2020
Ron will always be a brother and a friend, rest in peace Legs, Eddie Taylor
William Taylor
Classmate
December 27, 2020
In the winter of 1972-73, my Wilmington, Delaware high school's indoor track team used to compete on Saturdays in Greater Philadelphia Track and Field Coaches Association meets at area colleges, such as West Chester State and Haverford. I was a junior at the time. There were something like 45-plus schools in the morning and 45-plus in the afternoon (93 schools total, according to one newspaper story). At these circus-like mega-meets, I distinctly remember Ron Livers wowing us athletes, gifted and non-gifted alike (I was in the latter category), with his prowess in the high jump. Really, for a slug like me who was also a big fan of the sport, to watch him compete was mesmerizing. My teammates and I knew that this short dynamo was headed for bigger things in track and field.

In my scrapbook, from the Sunday edition of the Philadelphia Bulletin I have several reports summarizing these meets, such as one from Dec 17, 1972 with the headline "Little Ron Steals Track Show". It said that diminutive 5' 5" senior Ron Livers of Norristown High and his teammates "stole the spotlight" the previous day. Ron won the high jump with a Meet Record 6' 6". Another summary, from the day after a big Feb 10, 1973 meet, started with the headline, "Norristown Athletes Smash Two Records". Ron again won the high jump in 6' 6", breaking his own record.

I followed his career after that in Track & Field News, and, remember, back then the sport still occasionally made the cover of Sports Illustrated. Track and field wasn’t as popular as pro sports, but Ron was known far and wide, and for good reason. Eventually, I lost touch with his career, and only now, with his passing, and with me residing out of the area, have I learned of his coaching laurels. Just the other day, in meeting up with an old high school teammate over the holidays, Ron's name came up. We’d never met him, but it was a thrill to watch him in action, and to cheer for him.

May his family and friends be comforted by fantastic memories of a man who was, clearly, a "cut above the rest".
Matt Poole
Student
December 27, 2020
Words cannot express how deeply saddened I am to learn of Coach Ron's passing. It is partly because of you that my sons have a passion for Track. You have been a tremendous Coach and Mentor on and off the fields and your presence will truly be missed. I'm glad I had a chance to tell you at the last time track meet I attended at PV how appreciative I was for everything that you have done for my boys and for the PV community. May the Lord welcome you with open arms. May GOD continue to bless your lovely wife and entire family during this difficult time. Until we meet again, rest well King.

Karen Adedokun
Karen Adedokun
Acquaintance
December 27, 2020
Ron, you not only were talented, but of the kindest people i had the pleasure of knowing in school. May God Bless you as i know he has, and Bless your loved ones to help them carry on untill you all meet again..............Amen
Brenda DiDonato
Brenda Didonato-Geyer
Classmate
December 27, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. As the flowers fade and and the tears dry up our God will endure forever
Lynn Johnson
Friend
December 27, 2020
Would always tell Ron, “ you’re in the Hall of Legends “ That’s who people that are in the Hall of Fame tall about.
Milan Tiff
December 27, 2020
Like the Italians would say, “ Ron was a made guy. A stand up person “ who never came loose as a human being. He will be greatly missed.
Milan Tiff
December 27, 2020
wonderful person has moved on When I met him in high school he treated me like a brother from then on Through the years we have lost contact but we always been in each other's heart And that we will miss And love and prayers go out to all God-bless.
Raymond Glasgojr
Friend
December 26, 2020
I am deeply sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Ronald Livers. He is truly a hero to many people for countless reasons of caring, mentoring, coaching, overcoming obstacles, and being what a man should represent in life.

This is my personal reason why Ron is my hero. It was in November 1980, while at football practice, I severely injured my Achilles Tendon. Usually, this injury takes a year or more to heal, and many doctors told me that my high school senior career of playing sport was over. Time was passing me by very slowly, as my career and future laid in limbo.
Then Ron Livers came to me and asked me if I trust him. He told me that he could help heal my injury in 3 months. He took time out of his busy schedule every day to help me recovery faster than any doctor told me that I could recovery in record time. Ron is a Master in the body’s physical anatomy and coached me back to excellent health through a series of exercises and strengthening my mental vision. Doctors were surprised that I was able to play again so soon, and asked how I was able to accomplish this, so I told Mr. Ron Livers!
If it were not for a meta super star (Mr. Ronald Livers) caring for another person, I would not have become the 1981 Pennsylvania State Champion in the 800-meter run (Ron’s first-ever coaching state track champion), I probably would not have attended college, nor would I have become a United States Colonel in the Army. Not evening becoming 8-time track and field All-American would have been possible without him. I would not have become a United States Foreign Diplomat to United States Mission to NATO. I have been asked by numerous people on the key event that lead to my success in life, I often explained at the lowest point of my life there was a man named Ronald Livers, who brought me out of my darkest moment of my life. I owe everything that I have accomplished in my life to Mr. Ronald Livers. He is a greatest man that I will always respect and love as true hero, my hero!
Respectfully,
George Hadrick
George Gregory Hadrick
Friend
December 25, 2020
Ron
A dear friend growing up on track and field and in life. You will be missed and never forgotten.
Sherman Nowlin
Friend
December 25, 2020
Ronnie was a gifted and talented athlete. I considered it to be a pleasure to have known him. He was one of the best ... From Norristown to San Jose. I will always remember him and my brother Tom Jones on the legendary NAHS Track Team Rest in Peace Ron
Jesse A Jones
Jesse A Jones
Friend
December 25, 2020
Ronnie was a good man! I am so blessed to have known him! I am praying for Adriane & the entire Livers family! R.I.P. my friend
Miriam Baker
Friend
December 24, 2020
Possibly the greatest double-jumper (high and triple) who ever lived.
Jerry Spinelli
December 24, 2020
Having worked with Ron was a great pleasure. To have fished with him was to see perfection. I will miss you Ron, you were always a joy to be around.
Wayne MacDonnell
Coworker
December 24, 2020
Our Hearts go out to Ron's wife Adriane, and his wonderful family.
All of us from French Creek Nation feel the tremendous loss, but we also feel that we were blessed to have known him.
Godspeed Ron.
Michael and Kerry Friedland
Friend
December 24, 2020
May the memories of yesterday get you through each coming day. Blessings to you all.
Queen Esther M. Gordon
Queen E. Gordon
Acquaintance
December 24, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Miss Cindi mcfadden
Friend
December 24, 2020
I coached Ron "Legs" Livers at Norristown High School from 1970 until 1973, when he graduated from high school. He was an amazing person. So humble and a wonderful human being.
He was a member of the Eastern States Track and Field Championship Team in 1973. The meet was held at Randall's Island, New York. Teams came from Maine to Virginia for this gigantic meet. Norristown was the first team ever from Pennsylvania to win the meet.
We stayed close the last number of years as we would communicate by talking, e-mails, texts, etc. He would get back to me within two to three minutes after receiving my messages.
I have so many, many memories of this man that I could go on and on. We both took our first plane ride together to a post season meet his senior year in high school. We actually argued over the window seat with him winning.
He jumped 51' 7 3/4" in the triple jump in high school.
He would always call me Coach Shoudt.
Please RIP my good friend. I love you with all my heart.
BOB SHOUDT
Friend
December 24, 2020
You where a great mentor to us all and u was an awesome Son, Father Husband, Brother, Uncle, Cousin and Friend. You took many hurdles through life and now u have took the last jump needed in this thing called life. May God grant you peace and comfort as u left behind a Great legacy that can never be matched. May my prayers cont to go up your Beautiful Wife and Family that always should me great love
Taria Mayo
Friend
December 24, 2020
As a brief young member of the Striders I had admiration for his athleticism, quiet kindness, and big brother mentality to the younger athletes, on and off the track field. Great times at Roosevelt Field! I pray for strength and endurance for beloved friends and family.
Ricky Coates
Friend
December 23, 2020
As Ronald Legs Livers lived his life as an example of success and encouragement for others to strive to thrive. So also his memory will forever motivate all who knew him and knew of him to live your best life possible with purpose and passion.
Rev. Dr. Lance C. Hardaway
Friend
December 23, 2020
You were one of a kind my friend
LJ ONeill
Classmate
December 23, 2020
May God hold you in his hand at this difficult time. Nothing prepares us for losing a spouse, a parent. Ron was a special man who touched so many with his wisdom, kindness, and knowledge. I know I feel blessed to have known him. May his memory be a blessing and may those memories bring you peace and comfort.
Karen Collins
Friend
December 23, 2020
My condolences to Ron's wife, child and his Family for their loss. Ron was not only world-class, he was First Class. And like the Apostles, he was a fisherman. To watch him on the athletic field - the track - was like watching poetry in motion. He touched so many. God bless this man and may perpetual light shine upon him.
Bill Holdsworth, P-W Track Team 1972-1974
Bill Holdsworth
Friend
December 23, 2020
Thoughts and prayers go out to Adriane, his entire family and all of his friends..
Chris Monaco
Classmate
December 22, 2020
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Celeste Warren
December 22, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
william wacker
Friend
December 22, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
You were the BEST Norristown ever had!

Sandy Asko McCarraher
Classmate
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