Harry J. Ronan Sr.

Published 12:50 am Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Mr. Harry Joseph Ronan Sr., age 80, a resident of 107 Woodhaven Way, Washington, N.C., died Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at Beaufort County Medical Center.

A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, at Mother of Mercy Catholic Church of Washington officiated by Father Arturo Cabra. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery with military honors. John Ronan, Michael Moore, Kyle Cox, Adam Cox, David Ronan and Gabe Casalett will serve as pallbearers.

Mr. Ronan was born in Delaware County, Pa., son of the late John Joseph Ronan and the late Rosina Jackson Ronan. He graduated high school in Upper Darby, Pa. Mr. Ronan served his country in the U.S. Army serving in Korea and Vietnam and retired after 20 years of service. He worked as a quality control manager with Hamilton Beach, and as an agent with Paul C. Green Insurance Co. both formerly of Washington and also a manager at Robert Inc. in Vanceboro. Mr. Ronan married the former Shirley Maie Taylor on Oct. 14, 1950, who survives. He was a member of Mother of Mercy Catholic Church, The Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post 15, a past member of Red Brinson VFW Post 6088, past member of Washington Moose Lodge 1800, past member of Old Ford Volunteer Fire Department where he had served as President and a dedicated past member of the Washington High School Band Booster Club.

Surviving along with Mr. Ronan’s wife Shirley of the home are two sons: Harry J. Ronan Jr. of Cary and John Taylor Ronan of Washington; three daughters: Carolyn R. Moore of Washington, Theresa R. Price and her husband David of Bear Grass and Diane R. Gaskins of Washington; nine grandchildren: David Ronan, Michael Moore and his wife Lisa, Erica Ormand and her husband Kevin, Emily Smith and her husband Jeremy, Sheila Casalett and her husband Gabe, Sarah Ronan, Christy Craig, Kyle Cox and Adam Cox; 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Mr. Ronan was preceded in death by a granddaughter: Stephanie Whitehurst on Dec. 4, 2008.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington and other times at the home.

The family kindly asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Eagle’s Wings, P.O. Box 426 Washington, NC 27889 or the charity of one’s choice.

Condolences may be offered by visiting www.paulfuneralhome.com.

Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Ronan family.