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Ronald B. Alvarez

Ronald B. Alvarez

May 10, 1943 - May 14, 2017     Age: 74

Ronald Bernard “Ron” Alvarez, age 74, of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at his residence.

Born in Tacoma, WA on May 10, 1943, Ron was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Mary Alvarez and his wife of 42 years Kristin J. Alvarez.  He grew up in West Palm Beach and graduated  with a degree in Political Science from the University of South Florida.  He retired from the State of Florida as a Probation Officer and enjoyed teaching water aerobics while living in Keene, NH and Redlands, CA in his retirement.  Always active in the Episcopal Church, he found meaning and joy in the Cursillo community and Kairos ministry to the incarcerated.  He was an amazing cook, loved theater, and was a history buff, enjoying historical documentaries and non-fiction along with his daily devotional readings.

He is survived by his three daughters; Paige Hanks and her husband, David, Alexa Alvarez, and Mary Elizabeth (Mary Beth) Alvarez; granddaughters; Amelia Hanks and Bianca Alvarez; as well as his brothers; Joseph Alvarez and Kenneth Alvarez and other beloved family members.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, May 22, 2017 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Fernandina Beach. A reception will be held in Burns Hall following the service.

The family suggests that any desire for memorial contributions may be made in Ron’s memory to:

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 801 Atlantic Ave. Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 with “Kairos” in the memo” or to The Episcopal Diocese of Florida Foundation, 325 N. Market Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 with “Camp Weed Scholarship” in the memo.

10 Condolences

  • Tom Ray Posted May 15, 2017 10:07 pm

    I considered Ron a great friend. We have been together in the Men’s Bible Study, Brotherhood of St Andrew and classes at the church. He was a wonderful man and one of a kind. I brought him cigars from Dominican Republic and from Puerto Rico. He loved his children immensely. We talked often of regrets in our lives but that we are forgiven through Christ. He is already missed by so many, but most of all by you.

  • Michael Broussard and Tatiana Foddrell Posted May 16, 2017 12:53 pm

    Tatiana and I really loved Ron, and will miss him greatly. His personality and witty sense of humor always lit up whatever room or surroundings he came into. I also admired his profound spiritual wisdom and humility, and his vast knowledge and opinions on life in general. He was like the bubbly, funny uncle that we all wanted to be around, and in the course of conversation he always had pearls of wisdom to disseminate. In our more serious conversations, we saw a side of Ron that was full of compassion and love of humanity, especially when it came to reminiscing about his wife, the love of his life that he missed greatly. We are truly blessed and grateful to have known him, and I smile inside thinking he is now with his loved ones in heaven.

  • Linda Baker Posted May 16, 2017 4:48 pm

    I worked with Ron for many years, I remember him fondly! He could always make me laugh. He loved his family and his friends. He will be missed by many and I count myself lucky to have known him.

  • Nathalie Pratt Posted May 19, 2017 10:30 am

    I am so grateful for Ron. Not only could he make one move quickly from sad tears to full belly laughter, but he loved with his entire body, heart and soul. He had a compassionate sense of humor like no other. He made everyone feel so special. With deep gratitude, Ron blessed this earth with three amazing daughters who will gracefully continue his legacy of love. I send all my love and prayers to Lexi, Mary Beth and Paige. God bless you all. I’ll be with you at the memorial in spirit. Much love.

  • Fr Dave & Margaret Kidd Posted May 19, 2017 5:17 pm

    Our love and prayers for all of you at this special time. We have many fond memories of both Ron and the whole family. May God’s comfort and hope be with you in abundance.

  • Ann Johns Posted May 22, 2017 9:42 am

    I worked with Ron for many years and he was a special person to me. He could make anyone laugh no matter the circumstances! He adored his girls and Kristy, and all his family and friends. He made his mark on many lives. He will be greatly missed. Love and prayers to all of you!

  • Thom Coolidge Posted May 22, 2017 10:14 am

    We will miss you Ron; your greeting us in church, helping in the kitchen, the “brotherhood” meetings and the many other activities that we shared together. Rest well, we’ll see you again. Thom

  • Joseph Kerski Posted May 22, 2017 11:48 am

    Ron was a great spirit, wonderful laugh, very smart man, beautiful soul. I will miss him as I miss Kristi.

  • Bill Franzen Posted May 24, 2017 2:19 pm

    Ron and Kristi were very active here at St James in Keene, NH. and I enjoyed our conversations. However I’ll always remember Ron as our own “patron saint of power outages.” I think it was back in 2008 when a wicked snowstorm knocked out electrical power to many of us in the surrounding rural communities, some for a week or more. Thinking that many would appreciate a hot meal, Ron was one of the organizers of a grand church supper. It was such an incredibly thoughtful gesture that I’ll never forget it. Rest in peace Ron, we’ll meet again on the other side.

  • Chris Thomas Posted May 25, 2017 9:10 pm

    I am so sad to hear that my old friend Ron has passed way. Our lives crossed almost 20 years ago when we worked together in Keene NH. He was a man of so many wonderful qualities. Smart, hard working and funny. He loved his family. What I remember most about him was what a kind person he was. The type of kindness this world needs more of. Ron, you are a special person and will be remembered and live on in my thoughts.

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