- Ronald A. Hartford passed away peacefully February 12, 2017, at his home in Sangerville. Ron was born on July 9, 1930, and grew up in Dexter, Maine. As a teen he went to work on the potato farms in Aroostook County. He returned to enlist in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Epperson until his honorable discharge. On Feb 12, 1949, Ron married the love of his life, Doris, with whom he shared 68 years and raised 5 children. Ron worked for Maine Central Railroad until his retirement, but also spent many hours in the woods cutting pulp. Though he was an extremely hard worker his true life's purpose was his care, support and love for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ron enjoyed traveling and with his family and friends explored 49 states, all of the Canadian provinces and parts of Australia.
He also loved playing games of cards and dice, but he was a champion at checkers! It was given that when he met someone new his first question would be "Do you know how to play checkers?" followed closely by "how 'bout a game?"
Ron always had building projects. In addition to beautifully renovating his home and helping others with their projects, he also built his camps. He built one in East Dover, another on Whetstone Pond, a cottage in P.E.I., and another at his "Farm Pond" in Sangerville. Through his hard work, dedication and generosity he created a legacy that will be cherished by his loved ones for generations.
While he usually kept himself very busy, one of Ron's favorite pastimes was sitting with family and friends and telling the stories of his well lived life, his proudest moments, his tallest yarns, and his fondest memories.
He is survived by his family who loved him dearly, his devoted wife, Doris; son, Ronnie and wife, Linda; daughter-in-law, Marilyn; son, Steven and wife, Brenda; daughter, Carol Goulette and husband, David; daughter, Cheryl Ruksznis and husband, Frank; 11 grandchildren, Gus, Matt, Amy, Keita, Jason, Kylee, Lianne, Ben, Kristin, Hannah and Alex, and 21 great-grandchildren. Ron was predeceased by his son, Michael.
At his request, there will be no funeral services. A celebration of his life will take place on July 9 at the "Farm Pond." Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Dexter. As Ron was a 9 year survivor of pancreatic cancer, memorial donations may be made to CancerCare of Maine, 33 Whiting Hill Road, Brewer, ME 04412. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com.
"(Dad/Gramp) loves ya!"
"Love you too!"
Published on  February 18, 2017