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Ronald Murtha

Ronald W. Murtha Jr.

Thursday, July 9th, 1964 - Saturday, September 19th, 2020
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Naugatuck, CT - Ronald W. Murtha, Jr.

It was a hot Thursday morning on July 9, 1964 at 6:43 when my son Ron was born on Shaw Air Force Base in Sumpter, SC; his dad was an airman there. For my son and me, it was the beginning of a lifetime of love that is impossible to explain.

He was an adorable child, who always put a smile on your face. He made a room brighter when he entered, even in later years, you knew he was there.

We had a little cottage on Lake Waramaug, a wonderful place in the summer for Ron and friends to swim and enjoy the boat. So many happy memories. When Ron got older his summers shifted more toward riding. He loved his Harley.

He also was a founder of a club which he named, “Righteous Unruly”. The motto was “Real Friends-Forever United”, RFFU. The members called him Preacher, as he always said, “You can get high on life”, anything else was not necessary.

About this time I introduced him to my future husband, a Naugatuck Cop! Imagine my life with a biker and a cop, we got through it though. Joe Heston became a great stepdad to my son and they finally loved each other.

After a few years, Ron became a stepdad himself, to a dear baby boy named Matthew. Ron quit the club and devoted his life to this child and never looked back, loving every minute of it.

Fast forward 19 years, Ron was diagnosed with cancer. It was invading his body and the end was near…now my son is gone.

My heart will never be rid of this horrible pain until when my time comes, Ron will meet me at Heaven’s Gate to give me one of his wonderful bear hugs that I so loved. Until then Ron darling, ride high my love, ride high….Mommy (Judy).

A special thank you to Kyle Berry and Doug Morgan for their many many hours of help. I don’t know what I’d have done without them.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 11:00am at Grove Cemetery, Cross Street, Naugatuck. A gathering will immediately follow the services at Baki’s Restaurant, 105 Waterbury Road, Prospect, CT. Everyone is asked to please meet at the cemetery and to wear facial coverings and to adhere to social distancing guidelines. There are no calling hours and arrangements have been entrusted to the Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Avenue, Naugatuck.
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  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, October 10th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, October 10th, 2020 11:00am
    Grove Cemetery
    Cross Street
    Naugatuck, CT 06770
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Deacon Thomas Clifford
  • Interment

    Saturday, October 10th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, October 10th, 2020 11:00am
    Grove Cemetery
    Cross Street
    Naugatuck, Connecticut 06770
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Carol A Taggett

Posted at 02:17pm
To Judy and Joe,
I am so very sorry for the passing of Ron. I will never forget all the fun and crazy times Ron and I had up at the cottage and all through our high school years and beyond. Even though Ron and I took separate paths as we got on in life, he always remained one of the absolute funniest and kindest people I have ever met even though he never liked it when I beat him at playing pool. I, along with many others, are better people for having known Ron. I have great memories that I will always cherish. Rest easy Ron and God Bless. We will see each other again.
Carol Taggett

Noel Ramos

Posted at 01:35am
Hey Ronnie, I just wanted to say thanks. You were a good friend and you came through for me more than once. It was always good to see you and I am so sorry we lost touch. I wish I'd gotten the chance to talk to you more recently, but I have good memories of you to hang on to. Rest well my friend, see you on the other side.

Karen barrett

Posted at 06:40pm
sorry for your loss- our families sympathies Richard & Karen Barrett

lisa papallo

Posted at 12:32pm
Dear Judy,

I am so sorry to hear of Ronnie's passing. We shared so many good time's growing up together. We would hang out all the time. He taught me how to play pool, drive a stick shift, giving me my first ride on his motorcycle and I always had fun with him especially at the lake, even when he was scaring me with those snapping turtles in the little boat. We would laugh so hard until we had tears coming out of our eyes. I will never forget him. Judy my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

eileen redmond

Posted at 07:22pm
my deepest sympathies to Rons close friends and family. He was just the sweetest guy. We were in school together in Naugatuck, and would run into each other from time to time through the years. He always had a big friendly hug, and a genuine care and interest in how you were doing. Such a great and sad loss.

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