Ronald A. Follett, 85, passed away in Chatham, Mass., on May 27 after a brief illness. He was born August 18, 1932, in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of Henry and Marjorie Follett. After earning a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Rhode Island, he married Anne Fletcher of Warwick, Rhode Island. They lived briefly in Florida and Washington, D.C., before settling outside of Boston. Ron was an expert at quality assurance and spent most of his career in senior management roles for small high-tech firms in the Boston area. He retired in 1996, and he and Anne moved to the Cape.
Ron was an avid sailor and spent countless hours on Narragansett Bay and Nantucket Sound. He also loved to sing, and was a member of several church choirs and barbershop quartets. He and Anne spent much of their retirement traveling throughout the U.S. and around the world, often accompanied by their children, grandchildren and friends. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix with a roll of duct tape and a couple of zip ties, and he rarely let the facts get in the way of a good story. Above all, he dearly loved his family and his friends, who will miss him greatly.
Ron is predeceased by his parents and by his brother Vernon Follett. In addition to Anne, his wife of 60 years, he is survived by his brother Allan Follett and his wife, Elaine, and his children: David Follett and his wife, Pam; Scott Follett and his wife, Nancy; and Robert Follett and his wife, Susan. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Alan Fletcher and his wife, Jean, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and countless nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Saturday, August 11 at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Chatham, which is located at 650 Main St. in Chatham, Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ron Follett Music Fund at First Congregational.