George "Ron" Herald age 70 passed away on October 30th, 2015 with loved ones at his side at Albany Medical Center.
Ron was born in Troy, N.Y. He was the son of the late William and Velma Van Ramer Herald. Ron was the Caretaker of St. Peter's Cemetery for 25+ years. He was also a Counselor for 820 River Street and Father Peter Young Programs.
"Big" Ron being a friend of Bill W for over 36 years had helped many people on the road to recovery.
Ron was an avid Bass fisherman. He fished in tournaments all over New York State. He would always have a fishing pole in the back of his vehicle and throw his line in wherever he could to catch "the one." He enjoyed sharing this love of fishing with his grandson which will live on through him.
He loved to cook. You could find him cooking breakfast sandwiches for the guys at the fishing tournaments, meals for the residents at 820, breakfast pancakes for his niece, or birthday dinners for his granddaughter. He would prepare wonderful recipes for all holiday gatherings. You never walked away hungry when he cooked.
Ron was a larger than life personality. He kept you on your toes with his quick wit. He would keep you laughing with his sense of humor. He was a generous man. He has touched the lives of many and will be hugely missed.
Ron's life will continue to be celebrated by his family- His daughter Dawn (Dave) Bornt of Raymertown, his step-daughters - Tina (Joe) Toomey of Malta, Sherri (Roger) Daigneault of Johnsonville and Ronda (Jeff) Rosekrans of Melrose. His Grandchildren - Adam, Ryan, Kristina, Brittni, Joey, Jacob, Cortney, Carissa, Cyra and great grandson Cameron. His sisters - Bev (Don) Trojak of Rotterdam, Barb (the late John) Fitzgerald of Clifton Park, Mary (Ric) Dworakowski of Troy, Deb (Butch) Crandall of Melrose and many cousins, nieces and nephews,His girlfriend Linda Warner, His former wife Alice Ruotolo-Herald. Ron is predeceased by his step-mother Jean Herald Kobasa, his brother William Herald, his former wife Sylvia Herald DeRocher.
Friends and family are invited to honor Ron at his Memorial Service on Sunday, November 8th between the hours of 1 to 4 at McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home. A gathering will be held after at the Pittstown Methodist Church Hall.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to your favorite charity in memory of Ron.
Please visit Ron's everlasting book of memories at www.mcloughlinmason.com.
Sunday, November 8th, 2015, 1:00pm - 4:00pm, McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home
Gardner Earl Crematorium