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Memories of Ronald Fields
He is truly missed. He always had a smile on his face. Here is the obit clipping from the Fitchburg Sentinel
Ronald Draper Fields
Parts Supervisor for Lakso Co.; 69
FITCHBURG -- Ronald Draper Fields, 69, a life-long resident of Fitchburg, passed away peacefully August 8, 2014 with his loving family by his side.
He was born in Fitchburg, September 10, 1944, son of the late John N. & Isabelle (Draper) Fields. While his family is devastated by the loss, they have peace in knowing that dad is now reunited with his folks that he cherished so deeply, & so many of his Christian family that left too soon. If you think about how fast he drove, he probably is still on his way! (And if you were ever behind him on the road, well, you know what we mean).
Ronald graduated from Fitchburg High School in 1962 and was employed by IMA Nova Packaging (formerly Lakso Company) for 36 years, retiring in 2010. For most of his working years he could be seen riding his 10 speed Schwinn bicycle to & from work. Ronald also served his country in the Army National Guard during the 1960's. He was an active member of his beloved Highland Baptist Church.
Ron is a Hodgkins Lymphoma survivor which he proudly stated that "My Hodgkins has left the building" after pushing it into remission in the fall of 2001, & while his health deteriorated progressively over the years, dad never complained, often stating just how thankful he was to be able to enjoy his hobbies, care for his Golden Retrievers, & spend quality time with his wife & sons. As a youngster he & his brother Johnny enjoyed creating mischief in their neighborhood in a time where being a child was innocent, & helping out by haying at Burt Fletcher's farm was "Just what you did", with a hotdog in a cardboard sleeve & a swim in the ice cold Ashburnham town pool being the reward for a hard day's work.
Dad did everything to the best of his ability, whether it was brushing his teeth, painting the house (several times!), keeping his sons vehicles in safe working condition or reading the ingredients with mom on the side of the food packages in that constant battle to keep his sodium level down.
Dad had many interests ... among them reading about the by-gone days, the Wild West, the autos of the 50's & 60's, (always having a fondness for the 153 Studebaker). He was extremely proud of both his Finnish & Scottish heritage often attending the Scottish Games, the Big E, & most recently the love of the Maine seacoast along with the mandatory visit to Nubble Lighthouse. As an usher at Highland Baptist Church, his big broad smile was sure to brighten the room! His friends were his friends forever. He always had an uncanny sense of what time it was. His favorite interest though .... my mom, who he "Fell madly, madly instantly in love with.
Attention to detail. .. always a pen & paper in his pocket with a watch around his wrist. Dad would try to be prepared for whatever was asked of him, willing to talk & listen whether you were his best friend or a stranger, you were treated the same. Everyone was important, with dad always putting himself last. The most unselfish of individuals .... how I wish that I was just like him. What a compliment that would be. Pleasant dreams, dad .... Pleasant dreams.
He leaves behind his beloved wife, Janice (Henreckson) Fields; his sons, Daniel of Gardner, & Andrew of Leominster; his brother, John & his wife, Lorna of Ashburnham; nieces & a nephew, great nieces & great nephews.
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Aug. 15, 2014
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