2010-04-15 / Obituaries

Arthur E. Ronchie, 86

Arthur E. Ronchie, 86, of Clinton Avenue, passed away April 13, 2010. He was the beloved husband of Mary K. “Katie” (McKeehan) Ronchie for 49 years.

Born in New York City, the son of the late Jules K. and Jeanne (McKenzie) Ronchie, he was a lifelong resident of Jamestown.

Mr. Ronchie served in the U.S. Navy and was aboard the first ship hit by a kamikaze in the South Pacific. After the war, he became a mechanic with the Naval Construction Battalion in Davisville. He retired in 1985 after 37 years.

He was active in the community, serving as a member and past post commander of the VFW, Conanicut Grange and the Jamestown Ambulance Association; he also volunteered for the Jamestown Senior Center.

Besides his wife, he leaves three sons, Donald A. of Jamestown, Keith W. and Kenneth L. of North Kingstown; a daughter, Grace Clement and her husband, Edward, of Prospect, Maine; and four nephews, Douglas Wicks, Robert, Kenneth and David Esposito. He was the brother of the late Kenneth J. Ronchie, Charlotte Tucker and Hazel Esposito.

A burial office will be held tomorrow, Friday, April 16, at 10 a.m. in St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Narragansett Avenue, Jamestown. Burial with military honors will be in R.I. Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter.

Visiting hours will be held tonight, Thursday, April 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Fagan-Quinn Funeral Home, 825 Boston Neck Road, North Kingstown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Jamestown Emergency Services, P.O. Box 8, Jamestown, RI 02835 will be appreciated. Visit www. FaganQuinnFuneralHome.com for information and online condolences.

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