Ronald A. Nordstrom

  • Born: May 6, 1937
  • Died: September 10, 2019
  • Location: West Boylston, Massachusetts

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Tribute & Message From The Family

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

Condolence & Memory Journal

Barbara, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. It is has been long time but I remember many good times I had at your home. Know that you and your family will have a special place in my prayer. I tried to find a number to reach you but unlucky. With love and prayer. Tess (Sr. Teresa Rose Carchidi)

Posted by Teresa Rose Carchidi - Rutland, MA   September 20, 2019

Barbara , I was very sad to hear of Ron s death. Please accept my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Mimi Connors

Posted by Mimi Connors - friend   September 19, 2019

To Barbara and the Nordstrom family, my most sincere sympathy for your loss. My heart goes out to you.

Posted by Patricia King - Jefferson, MA - Friend   September 18, 2019

Our deepest sympathy to Barbara, Beth, Kerry, James& the entire Nordstrom family! although we are all so sad it brings a smile to my face when I think of all the great memories we have of our time spent with Ron & the rest of your beautiful family. So thank -you from the bottom of our hearts
Claudia & John
St.Pierre Family

Posted by Claudia StPierre - Bristol, CT - friend   September 18, 2019

Barbara and family my deepest sympathy on the passing of your beloved husband Ron, I enjoy talking with him, and seeing him with you at the mailbox in Angell Brook, May he Rest In Peace ❤

Posted by A friend   September 18, 2019

My condolences to the Nordstrom family.
May he RIP
Arthur Bresnahan
East Dennis, MA

Posted by Arthur Bresnahan - East Dennis, MA - Acquaintance   September 18, 2019

Condolences to the Nordstrom family. Was always a pleasure working with Ron. Jim Lillis, NHDOT, District 5

Posted by Jim Lillis - Manchester, NH   September 17, 2019

RIP Ron. Our deep condolences to your family and friends. He will be missed.

- Frank and Deidre Kosky

Posted by Frank Kosky - Holden, MA   September 16, 2019

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