Ronald "Ron" Evald Wennerberg
Ronald "Ron" Evald Wennerberg passed away on December 9, 2023 at the Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence, RI at the age of 88. He was born on April 14, 1935 in Worcester, MA. Ron was a devoted partner to Diana (Dalpe) Rao of Rehoboth, MA, for more than 30 years. He is survived by his loving daughters, Deborah Leenutaphong and her husband Naruekorn of Thailand, Susan Arnoff of California and her sons David and Justin Adams, and Jayne Langley of Charlton, MA and her three children, Sarah, Cortnie and Tyler. Ron is also survived by his loving son, Ronald V. Wennerberg, his wife Kasia, and their daughter Kaya of Dudley, MA. In addition, he's survived by great-grandchildren Sally-Marie, Bryce and James Grybowski and Marlee and Koda Choquette, and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews as well as Diana's children David Santos and his partner Nina Vescera, Donald Santos and his wife Sheila, and Dawn and her husband Dan Choiniere. He also leaves behind his childhood friends Dick Jolie and Ray Premo as well as long-time friend Frank Orlando and his many friends at Mark's Country Kitchen in Seekonk, MA. Ron was preceded in death by his mother, Bertha (Dube) Wennerberg, his father, Evald V. Wennerberg, and his sister, Linda Vernon. Ron was a beloved brother to Carol Lambert of Rutland, MA.
Ron attended Auburn High School where he was on the track and field team as a discus thrower and long jumper. He was an avid and very talented basketball player for Calvary Baptist Church when he was in high school. He also enjoyed weightlifting and figure skating for much of his life. He graduated from Auburn High with the Class of 1953. Following his education, Ron proudly served in the Naval Reserves.
Throughout his career, Ron worked as an electrician at Reed and Prince in Worcester, MA from 1953 to 1959. He then joined Raytheon in Waltham, MA as an electrician from 1959 to 1962. Ron's passion and expertise led him to the New England Power Service Company, later National Grid, where he excelled as an electrician and later as Manager specializing in costing and planning. He dedicated 31 years of his life to the company, retiring in 1993 at the age of 58. Ron was also the Wire Inspector for the town of Oxford, MA in the 1970s and later the Fish Warden for Rehoboth, MA in the 1990s.
In addition to his professional life, Ron had a variety of hobbies that brought him joy. Top of the list was reading. He was a voracious reader and read everything from history to science to horticulture to fiction and so much more. He had a talent for photography and enjoyed capturing beautiful moments with his family and in nature. He loved the outdoors and all of its wonders. Ron had an amazing green thumb and found great pleasure in gardening and sharing plants from his garden with others. He was skilled in cabinet making and woodworking and created many beautiful pieces of furniture, wood crosses, and home decor such as decoupage. Ron also had a knack for drawing and drew many life-like black and white sketches of animals as well as people. He was a lifelong stamp and coin collector.
Ronald will not only be remembered for his dedication to and his love for his family but for his many talents. He will also be remembered for his great sense of humor and his vast repertoire of jokes. He was kind, generous, always ready with a smile, and made friends easily. Ron leaves behind a legacy of hard work, creativity, and a love for life. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Public visitation was held on Saturday, December 16, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in WILLIAM W. TRIPP Funeral Home, 1008 Newport Ave., Pawtucket. Interment followed at Rehoboth Village Cemetery, 190 Bay State Rd., Rehoboth, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 would be appreciated.