Ronald “Ron” Hastings Race, 91, of Housatonic died peacefully at home Wednesday, April 11, 2018, surrounded by his family.
Ron was born Oct. 21, 1926, in Great Barrington, the son of Clarence and Ethel Nicholas Race. He attended local schools and was a 1944 graduate of the former Searles High School. Ron proudly served his country during World War II with the U.S. Army. He worked at the former Monument Mills, and for George Wright. He then worked for the town of Great Barrington as a heavy equipment operator until his retirement in 1980 after 24 years. He was the owner of the R.H. Race Inc. Pallet and Skid Company and also made outdoor furniture from 1980–87 when he retired due to injury. Ron served as captain of the Housatonic Hose Company until his retirement in 1987 due to his injury. He was a communicant of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish at Corpus Christi Church and he also taught CCD there. He was also a member of the Adams Forest Wardens Association. One of his favorite pastimes was watching his beloved Red Sox. During his retirement years, he always enjoyed hanging out with his friends every morning at the post office or, during the warmer weather, sitting on the bench in front of Aberdale’s. He was a gentle, caring man whose family always came first.
Ron leaves his wife, the former Joan Storti (the girl up on the hill), whom he married Sept. 8, 1951, at Corpus Christi Church; two sons: Tony of Great Barrington and Ronnie of Cheshire; a daughter, Jennifer, of Housatonic; three grandchildren: Christina Rusnack of South Carolina, Nicholas Race of North Carolina and Megan Race of Pittsfield; and one great-grandson, Isaiah Rusnack. Ron was predeceased by his brother, Vernon, in 1980.
Funeral services for Ronald “Ron” Hastings Race, who died April 11, will be held Monday April 16, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish at Corpus Christi Church with a Liturgy of Christian Burial with the Rev. William S. Murphy, pastor, officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Bridget’s Cemetery. The family will receive friends at calling hours Sunday, April 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Ron’s memory may be made to Housatonic Hose Company or HospiceCare in the Berkshires, both in care of the funeral home at 33 South St., Great Barrington, MA. 01230. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com.