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On the golf course Ron’s favorite saying when anyone had a good shot or putt, “better than most”. God bless Ron, you are with the Lord. “Better than most.” 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿

Greg & Malia Duncan

Ron! Ron knew people. He knew how to demonstrate care and concern and how to be a friend, always finding common ground. With his shining personality, he loved sharing stories and no doubt, his legacy will live on through Janet, his family and his friends. Ron is deeply missed by so many but will not be forgotten. We pray for Janet and his family during this very difficult journey. As time marches on, may you find strength and solace in your shared memories of this wonderful and loving man.

Lisa and Paul Francis

Janet, our sincere condolences to you and your family. Our chance meeting with Ron at Spoonbill Pond was the beginning of spending time with a truly interesting and kind man. Finding out that we had a connection of living just 2 miles from where you were prepping to build a home in NC was unbelievable. Enjoying time with Ron and you, both in FL and NC, will be something we will really miss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Janet please find comfort that Ron was so well thought of and will be missed terribly by so many people.

Eileen and Keith Meyer

Ron was such an outstanding individual - unfailingly positive, curious, friendly to all, and simply a delight to be around. His love for Janet and his children (their spouses and the grandchildren, of course) was evident to all who knew him. He was a unique man and a shining star. We will miss him dearly. Praying for peace and comfort for your family at this very difficult time. Love, Eileen and Keith Meyer

Nancy & Harry Gekas

Dear Janet, We are saddened to learn of Ron's passing. We smile when we remember the fun times we had together with you and the Suther's back when you lived in Mooresville. We know this has been a very difficult journey for all of you. Please know you will remain in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless!

Mike Groff

Dear Janet, As we live in Sarasota, FL we maintain a subscription of the Hartford Courant to keep in touch with our friends and family. Martie and I so sorry to read that Ron has left you, his family and us. Our deepest condolences with fond memories of times gone by. Martie and Mike Grofff

EeMing Wong

Please accept my deepest condolences for Ron passing. May he rest in peace. Take care, Janet.

Scott Nierendorf

Ron did many things well as noted here. But one consistent theme was his passion for teaching. Like so many others, I was a grateful student. On the beach or in the woods he would dazzle us with his knowledge of birds and trees, leaves and biomes. At the computer, he could make magic with digital photo or movie editing software. With a camera he painted amazing portraits of his family and pictures of the natural world. Watching UConn basketball, he had an incredible memory for players, teams and statistics. Of course, on the golf course, he would tactfully offer helpful advice. I even learned some rules I didn’t know that I needed to learn! Lastly, he was a true friend, who remembered details of the last conversation and asked about it. His passion for leading a full life meant sharing some of it with us and weren't we fortunate for that. Bless you Janet and Pfeffer family!

Kelly Camuti

He was such a great man and friend!! We lived across the lake from each other for years and he, Janet , Paul and I were work and social friends!! I adored his love of birds and if he saw a unique one in our yard he would text me!! I really loved him! He took the time to listen and care about people! I’m so blessed that we got to have lunch together in Amelia recently! Our last words outside on the curb after lunch ment the world to me! Thinking of you Janet and the whole family he loved!!!❤️🙏🏻😇

Ronald Albert Pfeffer


Ronald Albert Pfeffer, 70 years young, of Fernandina Beach, FL, died peacefully on April 10, 2024, surrounded by his loved ones. Ron inspired many with his positivity, unwavering faith, and wit.
Ron was born on December 1, 1953 in Manhattan, to Hope and Leo Pfeffer. He grew up in Norwalk, CT and began his love of nature as a camper and staff member at Camp Hazen in Chester, CT. Ron graduated from The University of Connecticut and was a life-long learner, continuing on to get his MBA from University of Hartford, and a Master’s in Educational Technology from Central Connecticut State University. Ron had a diverse career including time as a teacher, environmentalist, and IT professional.
Ron is survived by his wife, Janet Martin Pfeffer, three children and their spouses, Carolyn Pfeffer and Dave Gamble of West Hartford, CT, Allison Pfeffer and Dwight Henderson of Wethersfield, CT, and Joseph Pfeffer and Caitlin Szabo of Atlanta, GA, and his brother Paul Pfeffer (Nyomi) of Stratford, CT. He was a beloved Papa to Molly and Connor Gamble. His stories will forever be told to his future grandchildren. He was loved and will be deeply missed by his extended family and a wide circle of close friends.
Ron had a passion for life and was known for his many hobbies and interests. He loved the game of golf, birdwatching, cheering on the UConn Huskies and Clemson Tigers, and traveling with family and friends. Ron earned his certification as a Florida Master Naturalist, was a volunteer with the North Florida Land Trust, and was the President of the Friends of Talbot Islands State Parks. He cared deeply about preserving nature’s beauty and especially loved bringing people to Spoonbill Pond on Big Talbot Island, Florida. In the North Carolina mountains, he enjoyed hiking, tracking the Eastern bluebirds in the yard, and savoring local BBQ.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 2:00 PM, at Memorial United Methodist Church, 601 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. The family requests attendees to wear celebratory colors.
In lieu of flowers, Ron requested that donations be made to support brain cancer research at Mayo Clinic’s Jacksonville campus. Please visit for details on how to make a donation in his memory.
The Pfeffer family would like to thank the many healthcare professionals who supported Ron’s care.
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