Ron was born in Quincy, MA where he grew up and was educated. As a child, Ron attended the parochial school and he was not crazy about studying; however, the Sisters of St. Joseph made sure that he studied hard. When he was in third grade he started out with one paper route, and by the time he was in fifth grade he had increased that to five paper routes. This was a blessing because his father, a carpenter who was the sole supporter of the family, had a heart attack and was unable to work for a year. With the help of his older sister, Lucille, the two of them were able to earn enough money to support the family during their father's illness.
Ron worked full time nights and went to school during the day saving as much money as possible. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves as a Lance Corporal, during the mid-60’s early 70’s. When he turned eighteen, his father, who was looking for investments to help with his retirement, came across a run down four-family tenement house. He helped him buy the house and with his guidance Ron kept adding more real estate to his portfolio through the years. As carpentry and owning property went hand-in-hand, Ron took his father's advice and followed in his footsteps, becoming a carpenter and later a builder.
Ron was a carpenter, builder and president of Brodeur Construction Corporation. As the family became more financially secure, his wife Carol helped him realize that true wealth was not how much money they made, but in their faith in Jesus Christ and their wonderful family. Ron and Carol have two married children and three "terrific" grandsons. Ron was devoted to his family and most especially to his grandchildren. He and his wife traveled extensively throughout the world.
Ron avowedly professed that he could never outdo God in generosity and considered it a blessing to help support many worthy charities, with a special place in his heart for the Redemptoris Mater Seminary. He was inspired by the seminarians studying for the priesthood and believed that their example is just "one of the many ways God always gives back so much more that we can give." He was recently presented with the Redemptoris Mater Seminary 's Evangelization Award.
Ron is reposing at the Cartwright-Venuti Funeral Home, 845 Washington St., Braintree MA 02184 with visiting hours on Sunday July 2 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm followed by a Funeral Mass on Monday July 3 at 10 AM in St. Clare Church, 1244 Liberty St., Braintree MA. Burial will take place in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree, MA. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Redemptoris Mater Seminary.
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