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Ronald A. Nordstrom

Obituary for Ronald A. Nordstrom

May 6, 1937 - September 10, 2019
West Boylston, Massachusetts | Age 82


Ronald (Ron) A. Nordstrom, 82, of West Boylston, MA died September 10th with family at Rose Monahan Home after a long period of declining health.

Ron is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara (Nelligan) Nordstrom, his three children; Beth Keach and her husband Steven of Merrimack, NH; Kerry Giza and her husband Jim of Sutton, MA; James Nordstrom and Susan Whitney of Dennis, MA.

He leaves six grandchildren; Michael and Meaghan Keach, David and Alexandra Giza, Andrew and Elise Nordstrom; a former daughter-in-law Kelly Zakar of Brookline, NH; a sister-in-law Patricia (Nelligan) Peterleitner and Lee Colborne of Hopkinton, MA; two nieces Elisabeth and Kerstin Peterleitner; his great nephew Cooper Kublbeck and his cousin J. Drew McManus of Buford, SC.

Born in Worcester, MA the only child of Arthur R. and Karen (Madsen) Nordstrom, Ron graduated Major Howard Beal High School. He attended the University of Miami on a football scholarship and graduated from Worcester Junior College. Ron loved his corvettes. He had a competitive spirit and was an athlete. He enjoyed singing starting with the All Saints choir and was a member of the all states choir.

Ron married his neighbor, Barbara, in 1962.

He was entrepreneurial from a young age and had multiple childhood business endeavors. He worked most of his life in construction. He realized his dream when he moved to Cape Cod and founded R&J Concrete of Harwich, MA until a serious neck injury rendered him disabled. He was a sales rep for dance and exercise wear for 10 years, "I went from foundations to foundations", in 1991 Ron & son-in-law Steven started Keach-Nordstrom Associates in NH. Ron retired back to Cape Cod in 2005.

When his children were young, he had been a webelo leader, baseball coach, and later served on the Harwich town planning board. Ron was also involved with three builds for Habitat for Humanity.

Hobbies include being outdoors, hunting, fishing, golfing, bowling, cribbage and cards as well as spending time with wife and family. He attended his children's and grandchildren's social and scholastic events. Enjoyed listening to jazz music. His favorite sport was football. He was an avid Massachusetts sports team fan. He enjoyed traveling and visited many places. His favorites were Cape Cod and St Croix, USVI.

As Ron's health declined, he returned to central Massachusetts to be closer to family. He enjoyed being a part of the cribbage group at Angell Brook Village of W. Boylston.

Ron was a faithful and loving husband, father, uncle, grandfather and friend to all. We shall cherish his memory. He was a good man with a sense of humor and touch of sarcasm.

Per Ron's request there will be no service or calling hours. A celebration of life will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the West Boylston Fire Department, Rose Monahan Home, or a charity of choice. Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online memorial, leave a message of condolence, or for more information please go to

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  • West Boylston Fire Department
    39 Worcester St.
    West Boylston, MA 01583
  • Rose Monahan Home
    10 Judith Rd.
    Worcester, MA 01602

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243 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03104
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