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Ronald Thomas "Ronnie" Maxon of Bedford
1938 - 2018
Obituary of Ronald Thomas Maxon of Bedford
Ronald “Ronnie” T. Maxon of Bedford died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at the age of 79 with several family members at his bedside. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Judith (Niles) Maxon; daughter Jennifer Maxon Kennelly and son-in-law Jim Kennelly of Fairfield, CT; daughter Laura (Maxon) Stewart and Robbie Stewart of Glasgow, Scotland; grandchildren Fiona, Emma, Hannah, Jim, Gail, Jason, and Jessica. He was the brother of Thomas Maxon of Georgetown; Reggie Maxon of Sebring, FL; Nancy (Maxon) Crider of Bradenton, FL; and James Maxon of Bedford. He is also survived by many loved in-laws, nieces, nephews, and extended family. He is preceded in death by his son David Maxon, and parents Thomas and Maude Maxon.
Ron was born on December 6, 1938 in Cambridge and eventually moved to Lexington, where he graduated from Lexington High. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University as an ROTC student. After graduating, he served as First Lieutenant and then as Captain in the U.S. Army, first at Fort Gordon and then at White Sands Missile Range, where the beautiful daughter of Col. (then a senior officer on base) Ellery and Page Niles caught his eye poolside. Ron and Judy were married immediately following her graduation from Wheaton College and eventually moved to Bedford where Ron worked for Raytheon on missile defense systems while earning his MS in Engineering Management from Northeastern. After 38 years of working for Raytheon, Ron retired.
Ron’s chief love and loyalty was his family. He was well recognized in Bedford over the years for both coaching his children’s teams and officiating in town (to his children’s chagrin, never “giving them a call”!) and serving as starter for swim meets at the Wedgewood Club for 25 years. The desire to continue to view the athletic and dramatic feats of his grandchildren made him quite adept on the computer in recent years. But Ron extended his love of family to other “family” as well, serving on Bedford’s Finance Board, embracing the Crusader spirit at Holy Cross (his daughter’s alma mater), fondly recalling all the time with “the guys at work,” and sharing with great nostalgia, respect, and not-a-few laughs the special time serving in the Army.
Visiting hours will be on Thursday, May 24, from 4:00 - 7:00 in Shawsheen Funeral Home. Burial is private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ronnie's memory can be made to the National Park Service, c/o Office of Partnerships and Philanthropy, Karyn Ferro, 1849 C St., Mail Stop 1351, Washington, DC 20240 (memo line: “overall work of the NPS”) or to a specific park of your choosing.