NEWTON - Ronald Allan Pike, 71, of Wingate at Chestnut Hill passed away Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at home.
Born April 10, 1948 in Melrose, he was a son of the late Wintworth T. and Mary A. (Doyle) Pike. He was raised in Arlington. Ron always considered Arlington his home despite the fact that he lived in various towns around Boston, for over 30 years. He spent some years in North Conway, NH and a decade in Medfield.
Ron was the beloved life partner of Marilyn Mills of NH.
He graduated from Arlington Catholic High School in 1966 and later Merrimack College in North Andover.
Ron was a Boston Taxi Driver for many years. Forever a night owl, he was a warrior of the overnight shift and had many stories to share about the many people he had met.
Ron loved the outdoors, the beach and the mountains. He was an avid cyclist, runner and basketball player. He loved sports and enjoyed watching games especially if the teams were from Boston. He was a huge Boston Celtics fan. He loved spending time with family and friends. He had a keen mind and strong opinions about politics and current events and he loved history. He had a strong faith in God and in the last few years of his life found peace and friendship worshipping with his son, Matt. He loved his grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with his daughter and son-in-law in North Attleboro. He loved art and found goodness and beauty in the people and the world around him. He always had a kind word, was a champion of the underdog and a he was a friend to anyone who needed a friend.
Ron is survived by his daughter, Renee Pike Strachan and husband Frank Strachan of North Attleboro, his son Matthew C. Pike of Needham and five loving grandchildren: Jessica, Emma, Madeline and Frankie Strachan of North Attleboro, and Ashley Kennedy of Needham.
He is survived by six siblings: William Pike and wife Karin Pike of Foxboro; Mary Pike and husband William Poutray of Bristol, RI; Gerald Pike and wife Beatriz Mallory; Donna Pelletier and husband Robert Pelletier of Salem; Carol Webb and husband Robert Webb of Danvers and Daniel Pike and wife Luanne Pike of Sharon, MA.
Ron had many loving nieces and nephews and will be remembered fondly by all who knew him.
Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, February 15 from 12-2 p.m. at the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home immediately after visitation at 2 p.m.
Burial will be held privately at a later date.