Of Revere. After living with cancer for more than two years, Ronnie passed away peacefully in the arms of Joe, his loving husband/partner of more than thirty years. Brought up in a large Italian/American family in East Boston and then Everett, Ronnie exhibited a genuine love for family, especially his loving mother. This was a trait that he carried over to his friends as well. After finishing school, Ronnie worked at a Boston area hotel. He enjoyed his work there but eventually pursued employment at a small family run business on the Somerville/Charlestown line. He quickly became a supervisor who loved his job and the people he worked with. Unfortunately, he had to prematurely retire due to medical concerns.
Passionate about the foods he grew up eating, Ronnie loved to cook. Keeping true to tradition, Ronnie and Joe held many Christmas Eve “Feast of the Seven Fishes” for family and friends. Starting a new tradition, he and Joe spent many of their Thanksgivings in Ogunquit, Maine. This annual trip was something that Ronnie looked forward to and thoroughly enjoyed.
Ronnie had a great sense of pride about being connected to or being able to reconnect with family and friends. This was especially true of the many nieces and nephews both here at home and in Maine. He enjoyed being a ‘great uncle’ and getting a peek at yet another generation. Ronnie had an uncanny ability to ‘read’ a person after spending just 20 minutes in the same room with them. He also had a great sense of humor, but he was the one you could go to because he would tell you like it was ‘no holds barred’.
A man with a keen eye for décor brought many to his door requesting help with projects around their homes. He was never short on advice about the right curtains, tablecloths, or bed spreads. He was an avid news and weather watcher who paid close attention to the world and people around him. He loved conversation but he loved his coffee more. Undoubtedly, Ronnie is someone we will miss, the void too big to fill. But, for many of us, our souls are intertwined and he will be with us forever.
He is the cherished son of the late Edmund and Margaret (Viglione) Orlandino. Beloved husband of Joseph Tracy and the late James Camerario. Loving brother of Louis Orlandino and his wife Dolores, Lillian (Orlandino) D’Amelio and her husband George, James Orlandino and the late Joseph, Edmund, Robert, Albert, Bernadette and Dennis Orlandino. Also survived by his sister-in-law Joanne Schiavo and her husband Benny and Jody Deheulle and her husband Peter and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Family and friends honored Ronald’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere on Sunday, Nov. 20th. A Funeral Service was held in the Funeral Home on Monday with Interment following at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody, MA.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Ronald’s memory to the American Cancer Society by visiting www.cancer.org.