Ronald J. Hamel – Johnston

Ronald J. Hamel – Johnston

Ronald J. Hamel, 72, of Johnston R.I., passed away suddenly on September 1, due to pancreatic cancer.

He was born in Central Falls, the son of the late Pierre and Julienne (Bibeau) Hamel. He is survived by his sister, Pierrette Lindley, of Andover, Conn., his brother Maurice N. Hamel and his wife, Geraldine, of Lincoln, R.I. He was the brother of the late Joseph “Jerry” Hamel and brother-in-law to the late Gerald Lindley Sr. He also leaves his former wife, Ludmila I. Biron, and many nieces and nephews.

Ron spent most of his early life in Central Falls graduating from Saint Mathieu Elementary School in 1963 and Sacred Heart Academy in 1967, of which he was the salutatorian. He then earned a bachelor’s degree in 1971 and a master’s degree in 1976 from the University of Rhode Island. Ronald worked for many years for Unum Insurance in various New England offices as a Quality Benefits Consultant. In his leisure time, Ron enjoyed nature photography and distance walking around Lincoln Woods and the Blackstone Valley bike trail. Most of all, he enjoyed skiing and hiking at his Bretton Woods condo at Mount Washington, N.H.

Ron will be missed by many people. A celebration of his life will be held at a date to be determined. Those wishing to do so, may send a memorial contribution to Camp Ker Anna, 500 Reservoir Road, Cumberland, RI, 02864.