Ronald T. Englund passed away peacefully with family at his side at home in Falmouth, MA on November 12, 2019. His loving and much-loved wife of 66 years, Ruth O. Englund, passed away a few days earlier, on November 6th. They were holding hands when Ruth passed away, and now will be together again in heaven.
A shared funeral service celebrating their lives will be held on Saturday, November 16th at 11:00 a.m. (see details below).
Ronald was born in 1929 in Bergenfield, New Jersey, the oldest of three children. He lived in Belmont and Worcester, MA growing up, the son of a Lutheran Minister and Bishop, Eskil G. Englund and his wife Eleanor Berquist. He was a big fan of the old Boston Braves during those years, and sold programs as a teenager at Harvard football games. He married Ruth Olin in 1953, and they embarked on a thrilling and rewarding life adventure together that took them to places like Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and London, England. Their last 46 years were spent in London (25 years) and Falmouth (21 years).
Ronald thrived on meeting people, learning about them, and welcoming them into their home. His interests and passions involved classical music, particularly Bach Cantatas (he once worked as a classical music DJ and arranged hundreds of concerts), collecting stamps from around the world (sparking an interest in travel; ultimately he visited roughly 40 countries), sports (the Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics and Crystal Palace F.C.) and a drive to write, edit and produce scores of newsletters. He had an adventurous spirit and was a great conversationalist. With no short supply of charisma, Ronald had the gift of a magnetic personality.
Ordained in 1954, Ronald served various congregations and ministries around the U.S. and the world, including in Jersey City and East Orange, N.J., Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and London, England. He also worked as a writer and editor for the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), based in London. During those years he served as a regular judge at one of the major film festivals in Europe.
He attended Upsala College, East Orange, New Jersey and Augustana Theological Seminary in Rock Island, IL. He received an additional master’s degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
He is predeceased by his wife, Ruth O. Englund, and their children Mark, Philip, and a baby girl, and survived by their son Jon Englund (wife Mary Susan) of Arlington, VA, daughter Miriam Englund (husband Paul Mathieu) of Freedom, NH, daughter-in-law Friederike Englund of Brentwood, Essex, UK, and six loving grandchildren, Elizabeth and Catherine Englund, Philip and Nathanael Mathieu, and Charlotte and Jonathan Englund. He is also survived by his two sisters, Enid Erickson and Sigrid Erickson.
The family is truly grateful to the wonderful and supportive Falmouth community.
A service celebrating both Ronald’s and Ruth’s lives will be held on Saturday, November 16th, at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 485 Brick Kiln Road, in Falmouth. A reception will follow the service at the same location.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ELCA World Hunger https://www.elca.org/hunger or the Eskil G. Englund Scholarship, Advancement Office, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615.