Ronald Winfred Drown passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord and Savior on June 13, 2019 with his beloved wife and children by his side. Ronnie was born Nov. 19, 1936 at their home in Danville, Vt. to Winfred and Ruth (McCosco) Drown. He graduated from Danville High School in 1955. While still in high school he worked at the Sherryland Farm in Danville and signed up for the Vermont National Guard in which he served both active and reserve duty for the next eight years. After high school, Ron worked for Howard Calkins Construction and that is where he gained his knowledge with operating many different types of heavy equipment. He became especially adept at being a crane operator which is what he spent most of his life doing for various construction companies. He worked for Bridges, Inc., Whitcomb & Strickland, J.A. MacDonald, Beck & Bellucci and Winterset Inc. building many of the roads and bridges throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. His son was fondly remarking that if you drive anywhere throughout Vermont, and you cross a bridge large or small somewhere along the way, it will be one that he most likely worked on at one time.
On May 24, 1959 Ronald married the love of his life, Patricia Ann Shaw and they shared 60 years together raising four children of their own and two of their nieces as their own too. They spent 58 of those years in the home they now live in at Miles Pond in North Concord, Vt.
Ron is survived by his wife Patricia, two sons, Mark Drown and his wife Kerry of Concord, Vt., David Drown and companion Fran Shores of St. Johnsbury, a daughter Leslie Bedor and husband Paul of St. Johnsbury, a niece/daughter Regina Wilson and husband Michael of Greer, South Carolina, daughter-in-law Pauline Drown of Lyndonville and daughter-in-law Angela Drown of Waterford. Ten grandchildren, Zachary (Beth) Drown, Jake (Nick Betancur) Drown, Cody Drown, Gillian and Lexey Drown, Jason (Elizabeth) Bedor, Fawn (Patrick)Terhune, Crystal Bedor, Vanessa (Matt) Martin, Tanya Bedor, and niece and nephew Donita Crown (Jared Canfield) and Louis Alter, and four great-grandchildren Asa and Olin Drown and Drea and Waverly Bedor, and two grand-nephews Austin Crown and Rider Canfield. He is also survived by his brother Lenwood B. Drown of St. Johnsbury and his family, son Duane Drown and daughter Danielle (Brandon Foster) Drown, and their children Brandon and Riley Drown and Alaura Foster.
Ron was predeceased by both of his parents, Patricia’s parents, a sister-in-law Joan Drown and by his son Jeffrey Ronald Drown. He was also predeceased by his best buddy Linus.
Ron will forever be remembered for his quick wit and unfailing sense of humor even when he was very ill and for his love of his family, especially his grandkids who he always enjoyed seeing when they stopped by for a visit. He will also be remembered for his generosity in helping his family and friends and the occasional stranger who stopped by who might need a helping hand. He is sadly missed by his entire family and the many friends he made along life’s path. At Ron’s request there are no formal services planned. His family is planning a private ceremony to honor him and his ashes will be buried at a later time with his wife in their family plot in Danville, Vermont.