Mr. Ronald R. Meredith
- April 6, 1936 - July 22, 2012
- Rocky River, Ohio
of Ronald's Passing
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“Dearest Roberta, Tracy and family, I had the pleasure of knowing your wonderful husband/dad and knowing first hand why he was so loved. With a big...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Susan Margiotta Salem - Los Altos, CA
“So sorry to learn about Ron. I have many good memories of his laughter and engaging personality while serving with him on the PIA Board as well as...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Charles (Buddy) Vaughan - TN
“Tracey-Seeing the photo of Ron included with his life tribute on the E-mail obituary notice captured for me the joy and warmth I experienced through...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Boyer Veitch - Lancaster, PA
“Dear Roberta and the Meredith Family,
So sorry to hear about Big Ron. What a wonderful guy! Always a good time. His support and leadership...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Jim Leitch - Rocky River , OH
“Dear Roberta and family,
We want to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family in the loss of a great husband, father & friend. We are...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Andy & Joan Gissinger & Family - FL
“To all the Meredith family,
Dave and I were deeply saddened to hear that Ron passed away. We know from speaking with Bill and chatting with Ronn...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Dave & Robin McAuliffe - SC
“Ron was a good friend to my parents, especially my Dad. No one could make him laugh the way Ron did. We are grateful for the jokes and fun he...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Cindy Fricke Wollman - Jenkintown, PA
I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Although I only met him on a few occasions, I know he was a great friend of...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Jim Cunningham - Columbus, OH
“Dear Roberta and family -
We were very saddened to learn of Ron's passing. Truly an amazing man who always had a smile on his face and a joke to...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Holly Simpson - New Market, MD
“Ron we will miss your humor and your love for family and life. Our memories will last forever and I thank you for some wonderful times hunting,...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Jim Schultz - Westlake, OH
“Sincere condolences to you and your Family, Tracy. May the Grace of God help you through these troubled times, and let you remember all of the good...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Duane Crawford - North Canton, OH
“Tracy and family,
Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family at this time.
Your dad will always be in your loving memories and that will...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Maryanne & Fred Rolph - Macedonia, OH
You ARE the reason I am who I am today. Your generosity and love has allowed me to educate myself and follow my dreams, and I now have my...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Jenna Meredith - OH
“To The Meredith Family -
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Big Hug.
14 of 27 | Posted by: Kim Headbloom - Troy, MI - Friend
“I will always remember his whit and his smile. He was always a great guy to have around. He will be missed. Love to the family. Joyce
15 of 27 | Posted by: Joyce Whittaker Warren - Ashland, OH
I loved to be around Ron from the first time I ever met you guys many years ago at one of many PIA events. Ron always kept me laughing....Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Art Stowe - Baltimore, MD
“Ron was a long-time friend. High school & college - room-mates our first year @ Rose Polytechnic Institute. Even though we joined different...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Gene Mrava - Midlothian, VA
“Dear Roberta and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss of this wonderful husband and father. We grieve for you and for ourselves as well as we have...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Michael & Diane Koch - Medina, OH
“Roberta, Tracy and the entire family,
Arminta and I join with your many other old friends from the printing industry in expressing our regrets and...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Bill & Arminta Stickney - OH
I want you to know who very highly I thought of Ron. There are so many great memories of times with him as we together fought the...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: Don Bishop - Whittier, CA
“Dear Roberta and Family. Ron Hired me in 1970 , and since then He has always been a man who I admired because of his friendleness and great sense of...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Ron Carleton - Parma, OH
“I am truly sorry to hear of Ron's passing. He was a fine man, and I fondly remember many years of PIA Board meetings and Ron's humor. He could...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Randy Camp - Atlanta, GA
In the past few months we have shared stories about our Dads. Both were great Fathers and great friends to many.
I am still hearing...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Bob & Cheryl Stiffey - OH
“Tracy, please know that you and your entire family are in my prayers and thoughts. I know this is a very hard time for all of you, but remember,...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Charlie & Mark Hyatt
“My old partner in CRIME.....We loved,laughed,and hung out to dry together...Will be sadly missed....
25 of 27 | Posted by: Barbara Fricke - Ambler, PA
“Everytime I'd walk into my grandparents house, I didn't have to ask or look where Papa was. I knew he was in his big chair in the corner of the...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Madison Meredith - Union, KY
“So very so to hear of Mr. Meredith's. Tracy, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Marc Z and Michele
27 of 27 | Posted by: Marc Zitron - Canton, GA
Ronald Raymond Meredith, Sr., born April 6th, 1936 to Irene and Raymond Meredith would become the eldest of three children (brothers: Bill and Dave). His mother, Irene, passed at the young age of 27 while giving birth to his younger sibling Bill. He lost his father at the early age of 45 to a heart attack. His stepmother, Mary, cared for the boys and in 1942 gave birth to a third child, Dave.
Ron attended John Marshall High School and Rose Polytech, in Terre Haute, Indiana where he earned his BA of Science in Mechanical Engineering and also excelled in football. He met his future wife of 55 years, Roberta Cole, in high school; the two later married in October 1957. Together they raised four children, Scott (1956), Bob (1960), Tracy (1962) and Ronn Jr. (1972).
The early years of his career were spent at Thompson Products (now TRW) in the early days of the space age, working on auxiliary power systems for satellites. In the middle 1960's he started his career in the printing industry joining Harris Intertype. In 1969 he was asked to join Carpenter Printing as Vice President and General Manager, the company he would later be instrumental in purchasing. After 15 successful years running the company, he retired at the age of 55. At the age of 59 he sold the printing company to a public company ending his printing career. During his extensive printing career he had the following accomplishments:
• Served on the Printing Industry Association of Northern Ohio beginning in 1974 and served as Chairman from 1986-1988.
• Served for six years on the Board of Directors of Region III of Printing Industry Association and on the National Nominating Committee.
• Served on the Advisory Board to Bowling Green State University's School of Technology.
• Served on the Board of the Cleveland Graphic Arts Council; chaired various committees, including Education.
• Served on the Board of Directors of Master Printers of America, Chairman from 1992 – 1994.
• Elected to the Cleveland Graphic Arts Hall of Distinction (1984) and the ASH Khan Society (Printing Industry of America's honorary society for his service in the local, state, regional and national levels).
• Was a member of the Executive Committee, Board of Trustees and the Development Committee of the Midtown Corridor, a non-profit industrial and urban development organization in Cleveland, Ohio.
He was a devoted husband, father and loyal friend. He was always willing to put others' needs before his own …. lending guidance and support in any situation. He was always an active parish member of the church where he belonged. Coaching sports at St. Bridgettes in Parma, helping the Holy Name Society with whatever they needed done. Up until the last 6 months he attended daily Mass at St. Christopher's every morning at 7 am as well as Sunday service, followed by breakfast with a group of long time friends. His hobbies included sailing (with the same crew for over 50 years), outdoor activities (specifically hunting, fishing, golf) and old collectible cars. His greatest passion was spending time in the woods with his fellow hunters, making them breakfast every morning. He spent years in the woods of the Carolinas, Pennsylvanian and what he considered his second home, West Virginia. He also could tell or remember any joke ever told. His love for telling jokes was second to none. There was not a joke around that he had not heard or told. He would imitate the old comedian, Foster Brooks to a "T". Others would think he was drunk as can be, but it was all part of the show.
He was the proud Papa of Jenna, RJ, Scott Jr., Madison, MacKenzie, Cole, Ava and Reese. He took much joy from seeing and watching his grand-children participate in their activities.
As the years past by, he started to collect old collectible cars and was a proud member of FOMOCO (old Ford motor cars).
Loyal to the very end, he was always interested in hearing about the daily lives of his family and their ongoing accomplishments.
Sports were also of great interest in his life. His love for the Browns, Indians, Cavaliers and golf was evident until the end. He was watching the Indians games and enjoying the British Open upon his death. As his daughter-in-law Marni said, "Leave it to Big Ron to end his time here during the final round of the British Open".
Ronald Raymond Meredith, Sr. 76 of Rocky River. was the beloved husband of Roberta C. (nee Cole); dearest father of Scott R. (Carol), Tracy R., Ronn R. Jr. (Marni) and the late Robert R and dear father in law of Paula Rayburn (John). Loving grandfather of Jenna, Scott Jr., R.J., Madison, Mackenzie, Cole, Ava and Reese. Brother of William E. (Bernie) and David T. (Carol). Passed away Sunday July 22, 2012. Memorials may be forwarded to the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 5500 Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute, IN 47803. Prayer service at the Funeral Home Wednesday July 25 at 10:15am followed by Mass of Christian Burial at St. Christopher Church, Rocky River, Wednesday July 25 at 11:00am. Private interment. Friends may call at the BUSCH FUNERAL HOME, 21369 Center Ridge Road, Fairview Park, from 5-8pm Tuesday. 440-333-9774 www.buschfuneral.com