Ronald L. “Ron” Hamel, 70, of Gardner, died peacefully, Sunday, April 12, 2020, in his residence, surrounded by his family.
Born in Gardner on August 3, 1949, he was the son of the late Alexis J. and Constance (Langlois) Hamel. Ron was a graduate of Narragansett Regional High School with the Class of 1967 and would later attend trade school to become a machinist. He was a United States Navy Vietnam War Veteran serving from 1968 to 1971, where he received the National Service Defense Medal. Ron was a scheduler employed by Simplex Time Recorder of Westminster for 32-years until his retirement, where he also served as President of the Simplex Association. He was also employed by the Templeton Fire Department as an EMT for several years.
Ron was a parishioner of St. Martin’s Catholic Church of Otter River. He was a member of the Otter River Council Knights of Columbus and President of the Narragansett Band. Ron was Mr. Fix-it and loved to help everyone out with various projects. He enjoyed watching NASCAR and the New England Patriots. He loved to cook on the grill. But the time Ron loved and cherished the most was time spent with his family.
Ron is survived by his wife of 50-years, Sharon (Richard) Hamel of Gardner; two daughters, Kelly A. Johnson and her husband Matt of Gardner, and Cara M. Hamel and her fiancé Steven Landry of Gardner; four grandchildren, Skyla Flock and her husband Adam, Savannah Johnson, Felicity Kallel and Zelda Landry; two brothers, John Hamel and his wife Carol of Templeton, and Brian Hamel and his wife Linda of Maine; two sisters, Janice Martin of Templeton, and Linda Heston and her husband Duane of Kansas; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by two sons, Randall J. Hamel, who died in 1970, and Craig A. Hamel, who died in 1992.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, July 24, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. in Annunciation Parish at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 135 Nichols Street, Gardner, MA 01440. Military Honors will follow at Notre Dame Cemetery, West Street, Gardner, MA 01440.
There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Why Me, 1152 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01602, or on their website at (www.whyme.org). Please reference in memory of Ronald L. Hamel.