Ronald George Ferland, born March 13, 1930 in Coventry, VT. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1948. He served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict in the 1950s. Upon his discharge from the military, he started working for Joy Manufacturing in Claremont. He worked for Joy for over 30 years as a machinist. Prior to retiring, Ronald worked for Mal Tool and Engineering in North Charlestown.
Ronald lived in North Charlestown for most of his 86 years. A farmer all of his life, one of the greatest pleasures Ronald had was raising, training and riding his Arabian horses. His love for horses was one of the great pleasures in his life. He enjoyed trail rides on back roads and through woods trails. He was able to ride on a few competitive trail rides with his daughter, which he enjoyed immensely. He loved that his horses were being ridden and competed in disciplines that they excelled at.
Ronald was very proud of his children’s and grandchildren’s accomplishments. He followed them diligently and supported them throughout his life. Ronald enjoyed watching his grandchildren play in sporting events. He was an enthusiastic fan and was proud of their individual successes. He was also an avid Patriots football fan and spent many hours watching his team play on Sunday afternoons.
Ronald was known for his sense of humor. One of Ronald’s favorite things to do was to tell a funny story or a really good joke. He loved it when his grandchildren answered his teasing with funny responses of their own.
Ronald is survived by his three children Theresa Blaisdell, Lunenburg, VT, Linda Ferland, Charlestown, NH and Bruce Ferland and his wife, Heidi of Charlestown, NH. He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Melissa Abbott, Angela Potter, Jessica Blaisdell, Cedric Blaisdell, Steve Blaisdell, Zachary Ferland, Jocelyn Ferland, Jordan Ferland and Morgan Ferland, his great-granddaughters, Reilly Blaisdell and Alexa Potter. Ronald is also survived by his sisters, Roseanne LaCasse, Jackie Fleming and Louise Kangas and several nieces and nephews.
Ronald was predeceased by his wife, Carol Adair, his parents, Donat and Bertha Ferland, and his siblings, Lillian Brasaw, Richard Ferland and Anita Ferland.
Visiting hours will be held at Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street in Claremont on Friday evening, September 30th from 6 to 8 PM.
Funeral service will be held at the Funeral Home on Saturday morning, October 1st at 11 AM. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery.
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