On February 10, 2009, Ron lost his life after suffering a heart attack while doing what he loved best – playing hockey. He played hockey just like he played life – with enduring commitment and integrity. He was a committed husband, father, friend to everyone he met whether you knew him a day or a decade. Perhaps no one understands this better than the countless young firefighters he mentored. He took them under his wing, taught them the ropes and built up their confidence in an atmosphere of respect. Ron’s memory lives on in their hearts and the hearts of all whose lives have been touched by his generous spirit. With this in mind, the Scarborough Engine Company established a fund that would further Ron’s legacy of making a difference, particularly in the lives of young people.
And so, each year scholarships will be awarded to a student from the Briarcliff Manor School District, Ossining Union Free School District, Mahopac School District, and Briarcliff Manor Fire Department whose credentials best exemplify the ideals that Ron strongly believed in, some of which include love of family, community, respect for all whose paths you cross and a drive to succeed. The fund also provides specialized training classes for area fire departments throughout the year.