Ronald David O’Keefe passed away Monday morning, Feb. 5, 2019, in Waynesville.
Ron was born Jan. 11, 1933, in Sherbrooke, Quebec. He spent his childhood in Sherbrooke, was a King Scout and matriculated from St. Pats Acadamy at 16.
He then left home to play ice hockey professionally in Quebec City for the Quebec Citadels, a farm team for the New York Rangers.
At the insistence of his mother that he “get an education,” he attended Middlebury College in Vermont on a hockey scholarship, was a member of the Delta Epsilon (DU) fraternity, was an All-American Hockey Player and graduated in 1956 with a degree in geography.
Following college, he was the member of the St. Nicholas Hockey Club and participated with them in several Senior Olympics tournaments.
Ron coached youth hockey for many years in New Jersey, including the Essex Hunt Club Foxes, the Garden State Ice Hockey Club, and was part owner and coach at the Pocumtuck Hockey School in Massachusetts.
Ron enjoyed a 30-year career in the paper industry with Riegel Paper Corporation in 1959 as a paperboard salesman and remained with that organization throughout several mergers and acquisitions retiring in 1989 as vice president of sales for Federal Paperboard.
He was an avid sportsman who especially enjoyed skiing, boating, and golfing. He was a voracious reader and impassioned follower of politics and history.
He and his wife, Jane, have been residents of Bald Head Island for 30 years where he served on the board of the Bald Head Island Club and the Bald Head Island Nature Conservancy. He was also an active member of the Bald Head Island volunteer fire department.
He is survived by his loving wife Jane, his sons David (Anne) from Gainesville, Florida, John of Newfoundland Pennsylvania, Robert (Donna) and grandson, Conner of Monroe.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family would like donations made in his name to: The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 3222 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10001, alzfdn.org.