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Ronald Coelho

Born: Thu., Jan. 18, 1945
Died: Sat., Dec. 26, 2020


2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Sun., Jan. 03, 2021
Location: Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home (Lakeville)

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Mon., Jan. 04, 2021
Location: Sts. Martha and Mary Church

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Music by The Piano Brothers

Ronald A. Coelho passed away at his home after a long illness at the age of 75. He was surrounded by his adoring family on Christmas and passed peacefully the next morning.

Ronald was the husband of Sheila O’Heir-Coelho and the late Susan Buker Coelho. He was the son of the late Anthony and Angelina (Braga) Coelho and the brother to the late Marilyn, Richard, Roger, and Robert; survived by Russell and Melinda He has many beloved nieces and nephews.

Ronald is survived by Sheila, his loving wife of 35 years, and their children and spouses; Allison (and Billy) Picone, Julie (and Ken) Ketler, Tony (and Amanda) Coelho. He is loved by his six grandchildren: Angelina and Joseph Picone, Thomas, James, and Susie Ketler, and Anthony Coelho. They each will cherish and always remember his big hugs, games, talks, sincere love, and his great sense of humor .

Ron was born in Brockton, MA and grew up in West Bridgewater; graduating from West Bridgewater High School in 1962. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Chemistry from SMU (UMass Dartmouth). He taught Chemistry at Massasoit Community College for over 40 years; He loved teaching and inspiring others. Since the 1970’s he ended each semester with the invitation to hear his theory of life after death, incorporating both his spiritual and scientific backgrounds. 

Ron loved audio equipment and sound. He ran his own disc jockey business, RC the DJ, for a number of years and donated his time DJing for his children’s school dances, class reunions and other celebrations. He enjoyed listening and sharing music and he loved to sing! 

He was the king of all bargain shoppers. He would buy things he did not need, but things that someone else might need. Ron found great pleasure from giving, not just at Christmas or birthdays, but whenever he found a thoughtful item others might enjoy 

He was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Middleboro where he sang in the choir and taught “Generations of Faith” with Sheila. Ron Coelho was a devoted and loving servant his entire life.

His family will miss him, but they know he is in Heaven most likely playing football, singing Elvis songs, organizing Portuguese clam boils, telling double entendres, and talking with his dear ones. Rest well, Ron, until we see each other again.

If you would like to make a donation in his honor, please consider the American Heart Association, The American Diabetes Association , or another organization of your choice.

Visitation will take place on Sunday January 3, 2021 from 2 - 5 PM in the Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home, 280 Bedford St., Lakeville, MA.

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, January 4, 2021 at 10:00 AM in Sts. Martha and Mary Church, Bedford St., Lakeville.  Interment will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery in West Bridgewater, MA.



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Christopher M Coelho
   Posted Wed December 30, 2020
I'm very sorry for this loss. I wish I had more words to say here, but I just haven't. Except to say that Ron's impact on others was profound, and in that way, and others, he continues.

Charles Hartman
   Posted Wed December 30, 2020

THE COLOR OF MEMORIES TABLE ARRANGEMENT was sent by Anona and Chuck Hartman.

Thank you, Ron, and family members for blessing Anona's life and my life with the gift of your presence. My heart is full, weighed down with that strange mixture of grief and deep, deep joy and appreciation for all that you have come to mean in our life. God bless you, dear friend, as you have blessed so many others. Love, Anona and Chuck Hartman

Melinda Ruegg-Coelho
   Posted Wed December 30, 2020
Ronnie has been an inspiration and a role model all my life and I'm lucky to be his sister. May God keep you in the hollow of his hand, dear Ronnie; you'll live forever in my heart. My sincere condolences to Julie, Allison, Tony and Sheila.

David Petronelli
   Posted Wed December 30, 2020

HOPE AND HONOR CROSS STANDING EASEL was sent by David and Denise Petronelli.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whomever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 Ron rest in his presence. David and Denise Petronelli

Patricia Martin & Tom
   Posted Wed December 30, 2020
Dearest Shella and family...Pat and I want to express our deepest condolences on Ron's passing. Always in our hearts, Tom & Pat martin

Melinda Coelho-Ruegg
   Posted Wed December 30, 2020


Rest in peace, dear Ronnie, and may God keep you in the hollow of His hand. We won't forget the kindness and generosity that you have always shown to us. You will live forever in our hearts. With love from Melinda, François, Thäis, Jeanne and Eloi

DeBorah Alden
   Posted Wed December 30, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Ron when he was dating Susan. Susan and her sisters help raise me as a a child. I always remember him laughing and being real sweet. I Pray that Gods Blessings will comfort you at this time.

Rita M Broman
   Posted Wed December 30, 2020
Ron's mother and my grandmother were closely related. His first wife Susan and I worked at the Foxboro Company together and we had our first children at the same time. Ron is remembered as a sweet and decent man who loved his family. Our deepest sympathy to his wife and children.
Ron and Rita Broman
Chatham, MA

Dawn McSherry
   Posted Thu December 31, 2020
Ron was a joy to be around, he would always be smiling, a great family man. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Coelho Family.

Ellen LaVarnway
   Posted Thu December 31, 2020
Very sorry to hear this sad news about Ron. We were both members of the Massasoit family for over 40 yrs. He was a kind , caring man. Sheila, you will be in the thoughts of many.

Wayne Horton
   Posted Thu December 31, 2020
Ron was a great classmate and fellow football player.
He was very kind , considerate and likeable person who was very
popular in school.
It is my privilege and honor to have know him.

Barbara Finkelstein
   Posted Thu December 31, 2020
Dear Sheila,

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time.

Barbara and Jimmy

   Posted Fri January 01, 2021
Shelia, Alison, Julie, Tony and Family:
It was only recently that I had heard about Ronnie's failing health. I am very sorry to hear about his passing and your loss. I wish you all comfort and peace at this time of mourning.
Just a quick anecdote about Ronnie"

It was about 1963 or so, and I was over visiting my friends Rich and Joe Perry who lived and grew up on Shaw Ave as well as few a other friends that were there also. We decided to start a "pickup" football game and realized we needed one more player. One of the Perry Bros. mentioned they would call up "Ronnie". I was not aware at the time, that they really knew him much less played many football games with him in their backyard. Well through the "woods" comes Ronnie. It was decided Ronnie would pick first. Although I was not the biggest fastest strongest or most athletic, amongst from which Ronnie could choose, with his first, pick Ronnie chose me. I was "shocked" and dismayed to say the least.
After all these years I have never forgotten that "football" game that afternoon which Ronnie and I eventually lost. However ,what I did "win "that afternoon, all those many years ago, was one of "life's lessons" that Ronnie taught me very clearly that afternoon, and that I have never forgotten,is that "Family does "Matter" and it is always "First".

"REST IN PEACE" Ronnie my cousin, and for a "fleeting moment in time" my "teammate as well"


Tom Frizzell
   Posted Fri January 01, 2021
Sheila, I have so many great memories of Ron. He was always fun to talk to and when Massasoit was at its greatest, we had so many laughs at Massasoit social gatherings. He was a great teacher and a good man. He always made me smile and for that I will truly miss him. Your are in my thoughts and prayers.
Tom Frizzell

Pat Faiella
   Posted Fri January 01, 2021
Sheila and family,
There was never a time that I saw Ron that he did not bring a smile to my face or a real belly laugh at times. He had a way of calming down just about any situation through logic, a good joke or just a hand on your shoulder. I will always remember "Office Hours" on a Friday afternoon at Christos where we all shared the good, the bad and the ugly at times and solved the problems of the Western World.

Cathy and Bob Bowers
   Posted Fri January 01, 2021
What can i say, a part of my life is gone. Ron was a friend from practically day one of my life at Massasoit We got to know each other through my mentor, John Chase. We laughed a lot. Ron was always jovial and cheerful. Ron was my first sound effects master in Radio Classics. He got me interested in student radio at the college. Thanks to him, I'm still doing it. It was the best of times and Ron was the leader of the "gang." With Sheila. the perfect match was our "den mother." I will miss your warm smile and impish humor.

Linda DiPasqua
   Posted Sat January 02, 2021
Sheila -
My prayers and condolences on the loss of Ron-

Bill Aucoin
   Posted Sat January 02, 2021

"These drinks are beautiful!"

I could not have loved him more.
A big piece of my life is now missing.
Those were the best days of my life.
Be well!

Lynnly Dady
   Posted Sat January 02, 2021

TABLE BASKET was sent by Lynnly and Glen Dady.

Uncle Ronnie is your sweet angel. Sending prayers of peace and healing. Love, Lynnly and Glen Dady

Russell Coelho
   Posted Sat January 02, 2021
There are no words. My grief is deep profound and overwhelming.

Rusty Coelho
   Posted Sat January 02, 2021
It's with deep sadness that I must bid farewell to my dearest Uncle Ronnie. Some of my fondest memories are of summer barbecues and rainy day dancing, to his vast collection of records. I never heard an unkind word from that sweet and gentle man. He was the most loving and sincere person, I've ever known. His love for his home and family was inspiring and heartwarming. The home of Ronnie, Sheila, Susan, Allie, Julie and Tony was and I'm sure will continue to be a place of refuge, warmth and comfort, for all whom have had the good fortune to know him.
Ronnie will be forever missed and remembered with smiles and laughter.
My deepest sympathy for Aunt Sheila and the entire family.
Love, Rusty

Geoffrey Coelho
   Posted Sat January 02, 2021
My Uncle Ronnie was one of the kindest and most gentle souls I have ever known. I was a frequent visitor to the Middleboro home as a youth, often riding the many miles there on the ten-speed bike Ron sold me, at a good price. Later, I visited there in the Renault he sold me cheap.

I was a sometimes babysitter for Ron and Sue, and always a welcome guest at their home. Ron was an inspiration to me, and had a profound influence on my life, even inspiring me to study chemistry in college.

My heart is full with the memories of this days.

James Ventola
   Posted Sat January 02, 2021
I just heard of Ron's passing. Ron was one of the best people at Massasoit. He was always kind and helpful and had that positive energy.

When I first got there and knew very few people, I went to my car one afternoon to discover I had a flat tire. I was standing there, wondering just what to do, when a car pulled up and a colleague from another division whom I had only seen at the all college faculty meetings jumped out. Next thing I knew, he was fixing the flat. Of course, it was Ron.

Some time later I got to go to his famous lecture using relativity theory to argue for a life after death. It was amazing. And then, thank God, I got to know Ron on a more personal level.

Laura and I are sad tonight. Sheila, you and yours are in my prayers.

Judy Flaherty
   Posted Sat January 02, 2021
Shelia, Allison, Julie and Tony, my heart is broken. Ron was such a loving person. He made me feel right at home the minute I met him. The most loving person I have ever met. Heaven has certainly gained an angel! The political conversations that will happen in heaven should be monumental. Your family is so loving and welcoming and it’s because of your loving dad and mentor! Love to you all!!!! ❤️💔❤️💔

Beth Morrell
   Posted Mon January 04, 2021
I am so sad to hear of Ron’s passing. He gave the best hugs! He was a dear, dear man and I will miss him. My thoughts are with you, Sheila.

Doug Brown
   Posted Mon January 04, 2021
I am so sorry to learn of Ron's passing. Although I only knew him for a short time, I know that during his time at Massasoit, he made an enormous impact on students, colleagues and the institution itself. I and the division express our deepest sympathies.


Bob Demers
   Posted Tue January 05, 2021
Shelia, Alison, Julie, Tony and Family. I just learned of Ron’s passing this evening. Please accept my condolences. We were office mates for most of our careers at Massasoit and I was able to observe first hand his wonderful demeanor with students. Knowing and observing him made me a better teacher and for that I forever grateful. He was a teachers teacher.

Rick Butterworth
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
Dear Sheila,

I just heard about Ron’s death and wanted to express my sympathy. Hearing about Ron made me think back. I remember Ron helping me when I let him know I was looking for a canoe. He had several suggestions of where to look. Also, i think back to the hall in the Math-Science Building. I remember Ron playing a football game, and we decided to try playing the game with him trying to strategize and I would just use random rolls, I don’t remember who won.

Two of my favorites memories are of teaching class and Ron coming in with the mimeograph machine running off one copy, handing it to me, and saying it was an important announcement. My other memory was of Ron coming into my classroom with a telephone which was not attached to anything, pre wireless, and telling me I had a call.

Unfortunately I was not able to attend your wedding, but Ivy was and mentioned you seemed just radiant.

I will always remember Ron’s ready wit, kind smile, and generous spirit. I hope you can reflect back on those too in the coming days. I hope you will be able to reflect back on the good times you all had.

Tom & Jere Stadelmann
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
Dear Sheila and family I was just informed of Ron's death this morning 1/6 by Bob Demers. Jere and I are very sorry to hear this news and our thoughts are with all of you who loved Ron. He will be truly missed. Ron was a great colleague and friend over many years and a highly respected member of Massasoits faculty. Please accept our sincere condolences at his passing.

Tom and Jere Stadelmann

Sally Barney
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
Dear Sheila and family,
Wow, what a loss to the world! How lucky Massasoit was to benefit from his talents. My step-son Eric relished being in his class. I was a short-term office mate of his and Bob Demers, during which time I got pranked by him and his partner in crime Joe Cleary when my desk disappeared to storage "on order of the Dean of Faculty." Needless to say, this was merely an example of his great sense of humor, which I was getting used to as a first year faculty member. BTW I did get my desk back the same day!

John's and my thoughts are with you at this time; we're sorry we did not know in time to attend either Ron's wake or funeral. Be well.

Sally and John

Pattiann Daniels
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021

I am very sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man. You and your family are in my prayers.

Take care,

Juanita Janey
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
To Sheila & Family:

I have fond memories of Professor Coelho, even though I was a student @ Massasoit & did not have him as an Professor, he always gave me a big smile that would light up my day. When I saw him @ our banquet, I always gave him a big hug with a smile. Professor Sheila, I'm so sorry for your lost, for Professor Ron left a great legacy @ Massasoit & beyond. My prayers are with you & your love ones. Keeping you in my prayers.

With Heartfelt Sympathy,

Juanita Janey

Sandy Kenney
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
Sheila & Family,
Just heard about Ron today. So sorry for your loss. He was always so friendly and kind when he visited the President's Office at Massasoit. He will be missed, but also remembered, by many.
Sandy Kenney

Very Rev. John T. Bacon
   Posted Thu January 07, 2021
To Sheila and the Family,

Please accept my sincerest sympathy. Ron was one of the most friendly members of the Massasoit Community College faculty. He always had a deep, warm smile.

May his memory be eternal! May his soul dwell with the blessed!

Elizabeth Marconi
   Posted Fri January 08, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. We all loved Ron at Massasoit. He was always supportive of students and faculty. I went to him for advice when I was a new professor at Massasoit, and he had kind words of wisdom. My sincere condolences.
Liz Marconi

Juanita Brunelle
   Posted Sun January 10, 2021
Dear Sheila and family,

Ron was such an integral member of our Massasoit community. His enthusiasm for our work at the college was an inspiration for so many of us.
I was fortunate to be hired at Massasoit when we were still a new college; I believe Ron was hired the same year--we were both so young!
Spending my career at Massasoit with colleagues like Ron was truly a gift.

It would be a wonderful event to have a memorial service in the future when we could gather face-to-face to share memorable times spent with Ron and our journeys at Massasoit.

Please accept my sincere condolences.

Juanita Brunelle

John Swanson
   Posted Sun January 10, 2021
Dear Sheila: Please accept my sincere sympathy. You are in my thoughts and prayers! Love ya much! jack

John Swanson
   Posted Sun January 10, 2021
Dear Sheila: Please accept my sincere sympathy. You are in my thoughts and prayers! Love ya much! jack

Peter Johnston
   Posted Thu January 14, 2021
Sheila -- So sorry for your loss. They don't make 'em like Ron Coehlo anymore. He was truly one of a kind. Reading these comments reminds me of just how much he meant to a whole generation of Massasoit faculty and staff. He will truly be missed.

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