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Ronald William "Ron" Barnish

September 9, 1933 - July 26, 2020

Ron had his own business at age 13 when he ran a newspaper concession for commuters to New York City.  He rose at 5:30am with his father to meet the train in Mt. Lakes, New Jersey.  He had a strong Slavic work ethic.  He worked for the post office before enlisting in the Navy.  He met his wife at a Boonton High School dance.  Ron was a great dancer and loved the big band sound.

A 20 year veteran he worked six different jobs after Navy retirement.  Jetted Tubs of Tidewater was his business where he advertised “you get the best whirl around town”.

The very proud father of five children they were the joy of his life: Loretta (receptionist), Debbie (floral designer), Jackie (nurse), Ronnie (recreational specialist,”Mr. Soccer”) and Bonnie (lawyer).

He has ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  A staunch NY Giants fan he was still hoping for a comeback.  He loved the jitterbug and the twist.  He really loved working with the Alzheimer’s patients at O.L.P.H. where he was an activities coordinator and one of his greatest joys was a cotillion dance he arranged for the Alzheimer’s residents where the ladies wore gowns and were accompanied by the Knights of Columbus in their tuxedos.

He is survived by his loving wife Lois his soul mate for 67 years.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Church of the Ascension Food pantry.

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