Ronald J. Steele

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Palmyra - Ronald J. Steele, 90, of Palmyra, was released from his earthly bonds on November 29, 2016, in Bangor, and is now with his cherished wife, Terry Garcelon Steele and son, Schuyler G. Steele, Esquire. He was born on April 26, 1926, to Doris McAtee Steele and Joseph Steele. Ronald was educated in Plymouth grammar school and Newport High School. He married Terry on August 11, 1951. He served honorably with the United States Air Force. Upon discharge, he attended a barber school in Hartford Connecticut. He hand sewed at a local shoe shop while barbering. Finally, the shop was able to support his family and he barbered full time at the little shop next to his home on Ox Bow Road in Palmyra.
The greatest joy in Ronnie's life was his wife, Terry. He was extremely devoted to her. He gladly took on the role of her protector, confidant and provider. His main concern was that Terry was happy. It is still a mystery as to whether he actually liked Terry's glads and dahlias. He put in many exhausting hours preparing the ground for her flowers simply because his Terry adorned them. The legacy of these beautiful flowers lives on in West Virginia with Ron's nephew, Allen Steele.
Ron was not shy about hard work nor was his family and friends. The transformation of the wee little house in Tyne Valley, Prince Edward Island, Canada, was an attestation to that. Most everyone in Ronnie's circle has spent some time at the little island house. For some only a few days were spent there while others were fortunate to spend a great deal of time there. Ron had a knack for finding all the best places to see on the island even if they had not become tourist attractions... yet. This was Ronnie's place to completely relax.
He was an intelligent man who kept up on the news both through television and magazines. He liked reading and listening to records. He enjoyed visits with friends and family talking about the past, the present and the future.
Surviving are his daughter in law, Joan Paine Steele of Anson; two nephews, Allen Steele and wife Jennifer of West Virginia, and James Steele of Troy; nieces, Judy Steele, Kathleen Stevens and husband, Andrew of Virginia, and Annie Duran and husband, Demetrio of California; special friends, Keith Woodard and Cindy Harvey Woodard of Palmyra; and many cousins and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents; his wife; his son; and two brothers, Robert and Phillip.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 3, 2016, at the Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene, 200 Central Street, Pittsfield. Military honors will be given for his service to our country. A committal will immediately follow at the Sawyer Cemetery, Route 7, Plymouth. Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield. To leave a message of kindness, please visit www.shoreynichols.com.
Published on  December 1, 2016
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