PLATTSBURGH — Ronald H. Hewson, 68, of Route 9, died on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, N.Y., surrounded by his loving wife and children.
Ron was born on Feb. 15, 1945, in Plattsburgh, the son of William T. and Katherine (Jarvis) Hewson. Ron grew up on a farm in West Chazy, N.Y. Some of his favorite childhood memories were spending the holidays with his extended family at the Miner Farm in Chazy, N.Y.
Ron graduated from Beekmantown Central School in 1965 and shortly thereafter enlisted in the United States Air Force. After completing basic training at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas, he was selected for training at Amarillo AFB, Amarillo, Texas as an Air Force Administrative Specialist. He was then stationed at Griffiss AFB, Rome, N.Y. before being transferred to Kindley AFB, Bermuda. Ron was assigned to the 55th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron. He achieved the rank of Sergeant and received the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal for outstanding professional skill, knowledge, and leadership. Following four years of active duty and two years in the Air Force Reserve he was honorably discharged in 1971.
After completing his military service, Ron worked for a short time in the kitchen at the former Physician's Hospital in Plattsburgh. He then took a job at the former Plattsburgh Grand Union on Margaret Street as a grocery clerk where he met Gabe Corbiere. Mr. Corbiere gave Ron the opportunity to excel as a butcher. Mr. Corbiere taught Ron the ins and outs of the grocery business and butcher trade. Ron went on to become Meat Department Manager at several stores in the district. He continued as Meat Department Manager with Topps Friendly Markets and Price Chopper after the Grand Union changed ownership. He retired from the Champlain store after 40 years of dedicated service. He was a friendly face who knew many of his customers by first name.
In 2010, Ron began working part-time as a contract employee for M & R Garrant and the United States Postal Service. Ron transported mail between the Plattsburgh, Crown Point, and surrounding post offices. He loved driving the mail truck and being referred to as "the mailman".
On May 14, 1971, Ron married the love of his life, Karen Macey, during a candlelight service at St. Mary's of the Lake in Plattsburgh. They renewed their vows on March 8, 1975, at The United Methodist Church in Plattsburgh.
Ron loved being with his family, whether it was attending a country music concert, a live sporting event, or spending a quiet evening at home with them. He was actively involved and a positive influence in the lives of both his children and grandchildren. He was affectionately referred to as Grandpa Hoppy by his grandson, Riley and granddaughter, Bailey and simply "Hoppy" by his daughter-in-law, Amy.
Ron was a member of the American Legion Post 20, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 125, and the Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 1. He enjoyed bowling, bicycling, the outdoors, springtime, flowers, family vacations and holidays. His family was most precious to him.
Ron is survived by his wife of 42 years, Karen Hewson of Plattsburgh; his daughter, Kelli Hewson of Plattsburgh; his son, Brad Hewson and his wife Amy of Plattsburgh; their children, Riley and Bailey Hewson of Plattsburgh; his brothers, Roger Hewson Sr. of South Burlington, Vt., and Calvin Hewson and his wife Cassandra of West Chazy, N.Y.; his sister, Shirley Schuler of Gainesville, Fla.; his aunt, Viola Lucia of Plattsburgh; his nephew Roger Hewson Jr. and his wife Christie of South Burlington, Vt.; his nephew and godson, Eric Hewson and his wife Nicole of Middletown, N.Y.; his nieces, Debbie Sprague and her husband Doug of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Kim Haise and her husband Dave of Charlottesville, Va.; three great-nieces and one great-nephew. He is also survived by his golden retriever, Murphy and his tabby cat, Tari. Ron was predeceased by his parents; and brother-in-law, Lawrence Schuler.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at the R. W. Walker Funeral Home, 69 Court St., Plattsburgh. A funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, in the funeral home chapel. Burial will take place at a later date in Riverside Cemetery in Plattsburgh.
Donations in Ron's memory may be made to the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake or the Palmer Veterinary Clinic in Plattsburgh.
Online condolences may be made to www.rwwalkerfh.com. Arrangements are in care of the R. W. Walker Funeral Home, 69 Court St., Plattsburgh, 563-1760.