Ronald A. Messenger
COOPERSTOWN — Ronald A. Messenger of Railroad Avenue in Cooperstown died Sunday, May 19, 2013, at his home. He was 70 years old.
Born Sept. 11, 1942, in Woodhaven, Queens. Ron, the son of Albert and Ethel (Anderson) Messenger, spent his youth in Queens and on Long Island.
On Oct. 26, 1968, Ron married his college sweetheart Pauline “Polly” Lowe. They met while attending the Kings College in Briarcliff Manor.
Ron was employed as a science teacher in the Flemington-Raritan school district in Flemington, N.J., from 1972 through his retirement in 1997.
In 2008, Ron and Polly moved to Cooperstown.
Ron was a true Renaissance Man. He was an accomplished cook who enjoyed preparing daily meals, he was a skilled gardener, a photographer who, following his retirement, utilized his talent and became a photographer for the Hunterdon County Democrat newspaper. He enjoyed tinkering with mechanical things, carpentry, landscaping and gardening.
He and Polly were avid travelers and enjoyed numerous trips together. He was a lover of nature, obtaining one of his master’s degrees in environmental science to enhance his understanding and appreciation of the out-of-doors. He especially loved living on or near water where he could enjoy boating, sailing, kayaking and fishing.
He simply loved spending time out-of-doors whether at their camp on Lake Kittatinny in northwest New Jersey, hiking or backpacking the Appalachian Trail or climbing Mt. Ranier with his daughter.
He was a self taught musician and played several instruments. He performed for several years with the Corner Band of the Fly Creek Philharmonic playing his banjo. As a devoted member of the Community Bible Chapel in Toddsville he enjoyed playing the guitar and was known for his energetic presentations of Praise Music.
He was an avid reader and especially enjoyed reading non-fiction adventures.
Ron is survived by his wife, Polly; and his daughter, Tara L. Messenger of Brooklyn, who were the focus and the “true loves” of his life. He is also survived by his sister, Elaine Lull of Morris; and numerous nieces, grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was predeceased by his brother, Kenneth Messenger in 1968.
Funeral services for Ron will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, 2013, at the Community Bible Chapel with Pastor Jack Klosheim officiating.
The family will be present from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the Tillapaugh Funeral Home, 28 Pioneer St., Cooperstown, to receive friends.
Burial in the Hillington Cemetery in Morris will be at 3 p.m. Friday.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest that those who so desire make contributions in Ron’s memory to Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.
Arrangements are under the guidance of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown.