WINDSOR — A Mass of Christian burial for Ronald J. Hamel, Sr., 85 a longtime resident of Windsor who died Aug. 24, at the Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor, was held Aug. 28 at St. Francis Of Assisi Church in Windsor. Rev. Thomas Mosher, pastor, was celebrant. Committal service with military honors followed in the St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery.
He was born Dec. 4, 1927 in Claremont, N.H., the son of John W. and Flora C. (Thibeault) Hamel.
He received his schooling in Windsor and graduated from Windsor High School in 1945. He attended the University of Vermont.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during peacetime. Following his honorable discharge in 1947, he worked with his father at the family grocery store, Boston Cash Market on River Street in Windsor.
He married Madelyn L. Chabot in Cornish, N.H. on Nov. 25, 1951. In January of 1963 he took over the family business and later owned and operated Hamel’s IGA on Main Street in Windsor for several years until 1976. He remained in the grocery business until his retirement in 1992.
Madelyne passed away on Sept. 4, 1998. He married Dorothy DiNunzio in Windsor on April 10, 1999.
Ron was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Windsor where he was a fourth degree member and past Grand Knight of the Father Fontaine Council of the Knights of Columbus, and served as an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist. He was also a member of the Windsor American Legion Post #25 and had volunteered for the Meals on Wheels program in Windsor. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching the New York Yankees, the New England Patriots and the New York Knicks. He was fond of reading and watching westerns and playing cards. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Hamel of Windsor; three sons, Ronald J. Hamel, Jr. and his wife, Cherie of Windsor, John F. Hamel and his husband, James of Cranston, R.I. and Daniel J. Hamel and his wife, Jennifer of Hartland; two daughters, Rhonda Van Hise of Windsor and Lori Sandefur and her husband, Patrick of Burlington, Conn.; two stepsons, Craig Myotte of Morrisville and Vincent DiNumzio of West Chesterfield, Calif.; three stepdaughters, Linda Bushway and her husband, Robert of Westminster, Sheila Myotte and her significant other, Doug Leonard of Woodstock and Donna DiNunzio of Phoenix, Ariz.; several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also predeceased by his parents; and one sister, Brenda J. Bruce in 2006.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Church, PO Box 46, Windsor, 05089 or to the Vermont Alzheimer’s Association, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, 05495.
Condolences may be expressed to his family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.
This obituary first appeared in the August 29, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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