Funeral Services for Ronald Maurice Driscoll, age 67, of Knox St. will be held Tuesday, September 13, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Mr. Driscoll passed away at his home September 9, 2011. Calling hours are at Frary Funeral Home on Monday, September 12, from 3 - 7 p.m. with a memorial service at 6:30 p.m.
Ronald Maurice was born January 28, 1944 in Potsdam, to Hilda Mackey Driscoll VanSlyke and Phillip Driscoll. He died September 8, 2011, the feast of Mother Mary's birthday, peacefully in his sleep at home.
Ronnie was a parishioner at St. Mary's Cathedral. His marriage to Georgianna Burns ended in divorce.
He is survived by his step-father, Richard VanSlyke; daughter, Kimberly Tyler; son-in-law Ryan Tyler; grandchildren, John 10, Mary 9, Joseph 6, and Anne 3; several aunts, uncles and cousins and his dog Elvis.
He graduated from O.F.A. in 1962 and later from Mater Dei College with a degree in alcohol and chemical dependency counseling. He volunteered countless hours to help those with alcohol and drug problems proudly displaying his license plate "AA4ADAY". From 1969-1999, Ron worked at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Hospital.
The Oswegatchie Challenge of the Seaway Festival was started by Ron. He was an avid golfer who was one of the fortunate few to get a hole-in-one.
Ron helped his daughter establish success at the Phoenix Cafe in Ogdensburg.
He enjoyed spending time with friends and family, especially his grandchildren. Ron could always be found sketching, painting, building or coloring with his grandchildren/ He loved to make things that would bring joy to others. In his younger years he had a true gift to craft dollhouses and doll furniture. He blessed many people by giving them away for free.
Though extremely dyspneic from COPD and congestive heart failure, he never complained and always had a friendly smile. He had a quiet, even temperament that attempted to be a peacemaker in life.
Ronnie will be deeply missed; he may have failed in some areas of his life, but he NEVER failed as a father and friend.
Please make donations to Liferight of Watertown, NY and have Masses said on his behalf.
Online condolences may be made at www.fraryfuneralhome.com