Ronald J. McDougald

Ronald J. McDougald

March 5th, 1939 January 16th, 2020

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Obituary for Ronald J. McDougald

Ronald Jean McDougald, born March 5, 1939, lived 80 athletic years until his death on January 16, 2020. A lover of family, trees, running, and Scottish Country Dancing, he was born in the town of Crockett, Houston County, Texas. Moving 14 times while growing up, he graduated from highschool in Redondo Beach, California. He went on to earn his undergraduate degree, on a full scholarship, from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. After studying to become a CPA, Ron was a tax attorney until his gradual retirement. He raised a family in Lincoln, MA where he lived until his recent move to Cambridge, then Waltham for care.

Ron was an athlete who ran 27 marathons, including 17 Boston marathons, in addition to many road races and triathlons. He was an avid swimmer who regularly swam across nearby Walden Pond. He enjoyed tennis, kayaking, canoeing, cross country skiing, wilderness adventures, and other travel. Ron was highly inquisitive, playful, an avid reader, and a poet. He loved movies and he loved to laugh. He spent the last 29 years as an active member of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society of Boston. He also attended the Church of The Covenant. Ron's zest for life was infectious, and he will be missed by a large community of family and friends.

Ron leaves behind his beloved companion of 29 years, Joan Hill, of Cambridge, MA; his daughter, Ruthie Kinch, of Brooklyn, NY; his son, Douglas McDougald and his son-in-law, David Glauner, of Stow, MA; and his grandchildren, Olivia, Bella, and Savannah Kinch, of Brooklyn, NY. He is also survived by the mother of his children, Kathleen McDougald-Lee, his nephew David Sutton, many cousins, and the children and grandchildren of his companion. Ron will be interred in his family plot at the Doulass Cemetery, in Houston County Texas later this spring.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 7th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Keefe Funeral Home - Cambridge
    2175 Massachusetts Avenue
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    Friday, February 7th, 2020
    5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 | 3:30pm
    Church of the Covenant
    67 Newbury Street
    Boston, Massachusetts
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    Saturday, February 8th, 2020
  • Interment

    Douglass Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Houston, Texas
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Edward Pokrass

I can only echo the sentiments of those who knew him better than I.He always had a smile & pleasant greeting for all.He seemed modest & acted like a regular fellow.As a newer member of the RSCDS he was very welcoming.He will be missed.
Comment | Posted at 03:18pm via Condolence

Ruthie Kinch

To all who would like to view the celebration of Ronald J McDouglad's life slide show, here is a link.
Comment | Posted at 03:09pm via Condolence

George Delegas

Ron always had a smile on his face and was easy audience to a good joke, or a bad one. He took life in stride and enjoyed doing all the things that made him happy. He was lucky to have a partner who enjoyed the same things. May you rest in peace.
Comment | Posted at 02:23pm via Condolence

Anna Delegas

My deepest condolences for your lost. Ron remained a gentle and polite man all the years I knew him.
May he rest in peace.
Comment | Posted at 12:30pm via Condolence

Rev. Rob Mark

May God's Loving Light Perpetual Shine, and comfort be. We already miss you Ron - and we give thanks for the wonderful life you have lived, and the beautiful race you have run.
Comment | Posted at 10:54pm via Condolence

Ruthie Kinch

Thank you Rob, your being there with us was such a great comfort.
Posted at 03:11pm

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