Timothy Colin Ronan, 43, passed away Monday, March 9, 2009 at his parent’s home in New Harbor, Maine with his loving family by his side.
He was born June 9, 1965, in Bronx, New York, a son of Richard and Cathleen McCabe Ronan.
During his childhood and young adult years he lived in Larchmont, New York and was a current resident of Pelham, NY. He attended Larchmont and Mamaroneck public schools, playing hockey for MHS and competing in sailing regattas on Long Island Sound as a member of the Larchmont Yacht Club. He was a graduate of Colgate University, Class of 1987.
At the time of his first diagnosis, of a primary brain tumor in 1994, Tim was a legal assistant in the corporate department at Proskauer Rose LLP. His illness and subsequent treatments necessitated important life changes. He put aside his plan to pursue an MBA at Columbia and devoted the following 15 years to meeting the challenges of complex disabilities.
He continued to develop his love and talent for photography, generously giving his work to fundraisers and admirers of art photography.
Tim volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and helped coach a hockey team for developmentally disabled children.
Tim turned his enthusiasm for blue water yacht racing to studying yacht design with the Westlawn program and then building small water crafts, including a DN ice boat, a 17′ Wherry rowing boat, and with his brother’s father-in-law, a Norwegian tern sailboat. Tim was accepted into the marine carpentry program at The Landing School in Kennebunk, Maine, but this dream was routed by the brain tumor’s reappearance.
Tim was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Thomas E. and Susan Driscoll Ronan of Athens, PA and Larchmont; maternal grandparents, Charles and Catherine Conroy McCabe, of Larchmont and his uncle, Thomas M. Ronan of Larchmont.
He is survived by his sister, Jeanne Marie Ronan of Port Chester, NY, Brother, Daniel Ronan and his wife, Karen Oen Ronan of Mamaroneck, NY, Nieces, Allison and Katrina Ronan of Mamaroneck, NY, Nephew, Stephen Ronan, of Mamaroneck, NY, Aunt and Uncle, Charles and Lynn McCabe,of New Rochelle, NY, Aunt and uncle, Bill and Anna McCabe of Greenwich, CT, Six cousins and their families.
A memorial celebration will be held 4 p.m. Saturday May 30th at the Pemaquid Lighthouse in New Harbor, Pemaquid, Maine. Rev. Robert Ives will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Tim’s memory to The Carpenter’s Boatshop, 440 Old County Road, Pemaquid, ME 04558 or to MSK Brain Tumor Center, Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center, PO Box 27106, NY, NY 10087.
Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home,& Cremation Service, 949 Main St., Waldoboro, ME, 207-832-5541.