Ronald's Story

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DOVER-FOXCROFT - Ronald "Banjo Man" Coates, 84, formerly from Brighton, MA, passed away peacefully on May 5, 2016. He was born April 8, 1932, the son of Robert and Mildred (Leacey) Coates. Ronald proudly served his country in the Army during the Korean War and was also an Artillery Instructor at West Point.

He was a man of many talents known mostly as a Musician Extraordinaire. His band, "Ronnie's Ragtime Band" played for 20 years on the Bay State Cruise boat out of Boston to Provincetown, MA every summer. Ronald was a pilot and belonged to the Dexter Aero Club. He was an avid banjo, harmonica, and piano player; and he never left home without his 1" harmonica in his pocket which he took out and played for everyone within hearing distance. He brought many smiles to countless people. Ronald was most happy playing his banjo and harmonica while sitting on his favorite lighted stool, wearing one of his fun ties while playing a "gig" anywhere, in any state. His music will live on inside all he touched.

He leaves behind his devoted companion, Marjorie A. Morris and his large loving family, great friends, and the many acquaintances he met through his love of music, performing, and piloting. Ronnie loved life and always had a smile and positive attitude.

A private burial will be held in Dover Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.
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