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Ronald M. LaFreniere
  • In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia Research Fund, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284

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“A life well lived give credit to our creator who made us in his image Genesis 1:27. It is no wonder that we thirst for life to realize or dreams and...Read More »
1 of 32 | Posted by: A friend

“My prayers go out to the family god promises us that he will wipe the tears from our eyes i hope everyone feels better soon ”
2 of 32 | Posted by: stephanie connor - Concord nc, NC

“Jean, Ron, Dick and family. As you know, I was fortunate to have worked with Ron at the hospital and with him on City matters. Ron was always...Read More »
3 of 32 | Posted by: Mark Oram - Marlborough, MA

“Gone to soon you will be missed by many. ”
4 of 32 | Posted by: Marilyn (Hibbert) Arbogast - MA

“I have so many wonderful memories of Ronnie .. As classmates and the years we worked together at the DPW. Ronnie was a great guy and a wonderful...Read More »
5 of 32 | Posted by: Kathy Agoritsas Wheaton - TN

“Jan and family: I am so sorry to hear of your Brothers' passing. May he rest in peace. My thoughts are with you at this time. ”
6 of 32 | Posted by: Rita Sacco - Billerica, MA

“I have fond memories of Ronnie as a classmate at MHS. He always wore a smile. Wishing Ronnie's family and friends peace during this difficult time....Read More »
7 of 32 | Posted by: Marsha (Martino) Gleason - MA

“I am so sorry for your loss. I hope Jer. 29: 11,12 brings you comfort during this difficult time. ”
8 of 32 | Posted by: A friend

“Although I haven't seen Ronnie in many, many years, I was stunned and saddened to learn of his passing. Ronnie was a Brimsmead St/Tremont St...Read More »
9 of 32 | Posted by: Debbie Savage Schottler

“I grew up with Ron, we played football in his aunt Emmie's back yard. Later Ron advised me on many jobs i did in Marlborough. A great engineer and a...Read More »
10 of 32 | Posted by: Lee Collins - Marlborough, MA

“What a welcomed addition to the Priscilla Ryder Clan! The smiles they brought to one another was like no other. RIP... Ron, you will be so very...Read More »
11 of 32 | Posted by: Elizabeth Scalzo - Chatham, MA

“I was so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. As a child I remember him well..always smiling and laughing and him working for the City and playing...Read More »
12 of 32 | Posted by: Tara Baldelli - Southborough, MA

“Our best wishes go out to all the LaFreniere family regarding Ron's passing. We remember the wonderful things about Ron and the many good deeds he...Read More »
13 of 32 | Posted by: Richare & Paula Casey and family - NE

“We're so saddened on the passing of Ron. He was a True and Wonderful Gentleman. Our prayers are with Ron's Family during this time. ”
14 of 32 | Posted by: Jack & Holly Evangelous - MA

“I send condolences to Ron's family. Ron was a true professional in his work for the City of Marlboro. I respected him so much. I am sorry for his...Read More »
15 of 32 | Posted by: Paula Aschettino - Eastham, MA

“I had the benefit of being hired as the City Engineer under Paul Sharon, DPW commissioner, in the mid-1970s when I met Ron as a recent civil...Read More »
16 of 32 | Posted by: Paul Giunta - Marlborough, MA

“Our deepest sympathy to the LaFreniere family and the many who will miss Ronnie. Working with Ron was always fun in spite of the serious issues we...Read More »
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18 of 32 | Posted by: david gaynor - jacksonville, FL

“Our deepest sympathy to the LaFreniere family. Ron always had a great smile and I'm sure he will be sorely missed. Arthur and Sheila Palter ”
19 of 32 | Posted by: Sheila Palter - FL

“Not only did Ron raise a great family, but he was always respectful and thoughtful towards everyone he encountered. He will be greatly missed. ”
20 of 32 | Posted by: Chris Benedetto - Arlington, MA

“Sorry to hear of Ron's passing......we ran track together in '69 and '70 ”
21 of 32 | Posted by: larry cooke - St. Maries, ID

“I am so sorry for your loss, Ron was a great guy and without a doubt the best boss I ever had working at the DPW. He will forever be a huge part of...Read More »
22 of 32 | Posted by: Maureen King - Marlborough, MA

“I add my condolences to the Family for the passing of Ron. I have known him since he graduated from WPI. I also know that he provided great service...Read More »
23 of 32 | Posted by: Andrew Liston - Boylston, MA

“What a sweet guy. Such an accomplished athlete, professional and most of all great guy to have around. Fond memories of Crystal Lake. Ron will be...Read More »
24 of 32 | Posted by: Patty Helsingius - Sudbury, MA

“I'm so deeply sorry for your loss. Ron was a great guy! Always smiling! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time. God...Read More »
25 of 32 | Posted by: Deborah Giroux - Marlboro, MA

“My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. He always had a smile for me and I enjoyed working with him on several projects. Ron was a very special...Read More »
26 of 32 | Posted by: Grace Sheldon Lyons - Charlotte, NC

“Amy, Craig, Casey & Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Gordon and I love you guys so much and our hearts are breaking for you. Xo ”
27 of 32 | Posted by: Lindsay Halliday - Arlington, MA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family... ”
28 of 32 | Posted by: Elaine and David Screnci - Salem, NH

“Amy, Chris and Craig I am thinking of you and so sorry for your loss. God bless all of you. ”
29 of 32 | Posted by: Ginny Benedetto - Hudson, MA

“My deepest sympathy to the Lafreniere family. Ron was a great guy and friend and will be missed dearly by all. ”
30 of 32 | Posted by: Bill Crosby - Estes Park, CO

“To Ron's family,Kevin & I are so sorry for your loss. Ron was a great guy and a really good boss. He was firm about what needed to be done but was...Read More »
31 of 32 | Posted by: Diane & Kevin McNally - MA

“Ron, I will miss your infectious smile.My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends at this difficult time. ”
32 of 32 | Posted by: Jean Leger (BUNTING) - Walpole, MA


Ronald M. LaFreniere, 63, of Marlborough passed away after a long, courageous battle with leukemia on Sunday August 14, 2016 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He was surrounded in his final days by his loving family.
He is survived by his father Ronald E. LaFreniere and mother Jeanne (Casey) LaFreniere of Marlborough, his sister Janice Reid and her husband Andre of Grafton, and his brother Timothy LaFreniere of Marlborough. Ron's younger brother Donald had long predeceased him in 1976.
Ron leaves behind three children: Amy LaFreniere and her fiancé Craig Vinciguerra, Christopher LaFreniere and his longtime girlfriend Avery Pesce, and his youngest daughter Maeve LaFreniere, all of Marlborough. He was blessed with his cherished grandson Casey Vinciguerra and his loving partner Priscilla Ryder.
Ron was born and raised in Marlborough and remained a lifelong resident. He graduated from Marlborough High School in 1970 and from WPI in 1974 where he earned his civil engineering degree and later a professional engineering license. Straight out of college in 1974 he began his career with the City of Marlborough as junior civil engineer and held that position until 1979 when he was appointed City Engineer – the youngest City Engineer in the country at the time. After 20 years he was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Public Works in 1999 until his retirement in 2014.
Ron sincerely loved Marlborough and his job; he thoroughly enjoyed and took great pride in his work for the city. Some of his project highlights included the construction of Ghiloni Park, the upgrades of the two wastewater treatment plants, roadway reconstruction projects, the Assabet River Rail Trail, the Solomon Pond Mall project, and the I-495 interchange.
He was a passionate and avid runner. Ron was the captain of his high school track and cross country teams and was awarded a running scholarship from WPI. He ran the Boston Marathon numerous times, running a personal best at 2 hours 36 minutes.
Music, hiking, camping, concerts, throwing darts, biking, playing golf, walking in the woods, and working in his garden all made up his full life. But above all he loved spending time with his family, and in the last two years his grandson Casey brought him tremendous joy.
Calling hours will be held at the Slattery Funeral Home, Inc.,40 Pleasant Street, Marlborough, on Thursday, August 25th from 4-8 PM.
A Memorial Service will be held at Marlborough Country Club,200 Concord Road, Marlborough, on Friday, August 26th from 5-7 PM. We aim to celebrate Ron's life with stories, memories, and anecdotes shared by attendees. A private graveside service for family will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Leukemia Research Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.