“A restless spirit, now in Gods’ hands.”
LAURENS — Richard (Rick) Bronner, a longtime resident of the Mount Vision area, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday night, Oct. 16, 2013, at his residence in Laurens. He was 43.
Born May 12, 1970, in Wichita Falls, Texas, he was the son of Vic and Liz (Devine) Bronner.
He moved to Bellmore with his family and lived there for 11 years making many childhood friends. The family moved to Mount Vision in 1984, a wonderful place where he and his dad could spend many hours together hunting, fishing and enjoying nature’s beauty and bounty.
Rick attended Laurens Central School. He loved his sports, excelling in wrestling and football and enjoying his art classes that brought out his creative side. During his high school years, he exercised and pumped iron to stay fit and strong. In his senior year, he worked with handicapped children which came to be a particular joy for him. He won the Noel Lucins Scholarship for his work with these children. He won the hearts of many, broke the hearts of a few; but grew to be a man and maintained lifelong friendships with his fellow classmates.
He graduated in 1988 and went on to attend SUNY Cobleskill, majoring in early childhood development. Rick then went on to do the work he enjoyed most, working outdoors, particularly in the woods where he labored long and hard and found great fulfillment in his work with Asplunth Tree. He traveled to Colorado with the company and took any assignment that would have him working “off the grid.”
Rick returned to Mount Vision and took local work until starting Husky Tree Service, which he owned and operated for several years. The work was hard and Rick was up to the task. He labored until his body took the toll of years of the difficult work. He briefly left the area to work at a sales position with his college roommate in Arizona but soon returned to his beloved Mount Vision area where he could be with family and friends and hunt and fish, the two things that he enjoyed more than anything else.
Rick is survived by his parents, Vic and Liz Bronner of New Lisbon; his brother, Tim, wife, Wendy and his much beloved nephew, Jacob; his Aunt Joan (Devine), husband, Ray, their children, cousin Regina Gallagher (Noon), husband Will, Patricia Noon, Christopher Noon and wife Meredith and cousin Mary Noon; his Aunt Mary Dawes (Devine) and husband, Malcom, their children, cousins Joy Preston, husband Steven, Stephanie Brainard, husband Derek; his Aunt Sharon Sergi (Devine), her late husband Frank, their children, cousins Michael Sergi, Julie McBrayer and husband Lance, Annie Fascianella and husband Rich, Chris Sergi and wife Jenn (Hellenbeck); Uncle Nick Devine and wife Noreen (Keator), cousins, Amy Devine, Ryan Devine and wife Debbie; Uncle Rick Chernick, deceased, his namesake; Aunt Micky Dobson, deceased, husband Gene, cousins Elaine Miles (Haber), deceased, husband Tom, Steven Haber and wife, Karen, Bob Haber and wife, Tammy and Lorrie Jenson (Haber); his grandparents, (all deceased) Edythe Cirvinskis and husband John, Paul Devine and wife Lois; and all those who met him and loved him. Rest in peace my son.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris. A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Johnston Funeral Home in Morris.
Burial will be private, at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Rick’s name to the Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.johnstonfh.com.
Arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.