Gansevoort/Whitehall- Ronald R. Austin Sr., of Gansevoort, NY passed away peacefully on January 12, 2022 after a long illness. He was born on July 27, 1939 to Robert Austin and Mary (Luse) Austin of Whitehall, NY.
Ron graduated from Whitehall High School in 1957. He played baseball and basketball for Whitehall and set several school records.
After high school he met and married Eileen (Eaton) Austin from Fair Haven, VT, and welcomed two sons, Ron and Ken Austin. Eileen passed away in 1988 after a long illness.
Ronnie was in the NY National Guard for 32 years and was employed at the Fort Edward General Electric for 39 years. He was an avid Daytona Race fan and Dirt Racing fan of the North East. After retiring, he loved to travel in their RV touring the country. He loved going to casinos, Las Vegas, on cruises, to sporting events and watching them on TV with his long time companion, Ruth Lorette. He loved taking his dog, spike on trips with them. Ron coached his sons little league teams in Whitehall and enjoyed attending all of the sports events.
Ronnie is survived by his son, Ronald Austin Jr. (Melissa) of Ocean City, MD.; his long-time companion, Ruth Lorette of Gansevoort, NY; his brother, Don (Deb) Austin of Henderson, Nevada; his two sisters, Joan Austin- Lambert of Queensbury; Mary (Harry) Austin-Lieberman of Queensbury, NY; grandchildren, Shauna Austin-Scott of Mineville, NY; Grandson, Brett Austin of Whitehall, NY; great-grandchildren Michaela, Grant, MariGrace and Ayden; two step-great grandchildren, Haleigh & Daytona. Nephews, Brad Harrington, Matt Harrington & Tyler Wilcox; Nieces, Theresa (Ricky) Wilcox; Sarah (Edgar) Sanchez; Megan (Jacky) Swallia; and several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. He also leaves behind his friends Brad and Jan Sitts and Walt Dingman and many more from the races.
Besides his parents & grandparents, he is predeceased by his wife, Eileen (Eaton) Austin, son Ken Austin, twin Grandsons Alec and Ryan Austin; Grandson Allen Austin; special Uncle Don Austin; brother-in-law Dick Lambert and several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.
Family and friends may call from 4pm-6pm on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at the Jillson Funeral Home Inc., 46 Williams St. Whitehall, NY
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11:30am on Wednesday January 19, 2022, at the Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church, 9 Wheeler Ave., Whitehall, NY. A spring burial will be at a later date.
Special thanks to the Drs. and Nurses at Saratoga and Glens Falls Hospitals, also the staff at The Pines in Glens Falls.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ron’s name to The American Cancer Society.
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American Cancer Society
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