SANGERVILLE - Ronald A. Hartford passed away peacefully February 12, 2017 at his home in Sangerville. \n\nRon was born on July 9th, 1930 and grew up in Dexter, Maine. As a teen he went to work on the potato farms in Aroostook County. He returned to enlist in the US Navy, and served on the USS Epperson until his honorable discharge. On Feb 12th, 1949,Ron married the love of his life Doris with whom he shared 68 years and raised 5 children. Ron worked for Maine Central Railroad until his retirement but also spent many hours in the woods cutting pulp. Though he was an extremely hard worker his true life's purpose was his care, support and love for his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.\n\nRon enjoyed travelling, and, with his family and friends, explored 49 states, all of the Canadian provinces, and parts of Australia.\n\nHe also loved playing games of cards and dice, but he was a champion at checkers! It was given that when he met someone new his first question would be "Do you know how to play checkers? " followed closely by "how 'bout a game?"\n\nRon always had building projects. In addition to beautifully renovating his home and helping others with their projects, he also built his camps. He built one in East Dover, another on Whetstone Pond, a cottage in P.E.I., and another at his "Farm Pond" in Sangerville. Through his hard work, dedication and generosity he created a legacy that will be cherished by his loved ones for generations.\n\nWhile he usually kept himself very busy, one of Ron's favorite pastimes was sitting with family and friends and telling the stories of his well lived life, his proudest moments, his tallest yarns, and his fondest memories.\n\nHe is survived by his family who loved him dearly; his devoted wife Doris, son Ronnie and wife Linda, daughter-in-law Marilyn, son Steven and wife Brenda, daughter Carol Goulette and husband David, daughter Cheryl Ruksznis and husband Frank; 11 grandchildren, Gus, Matt, Amy, Keita, Jason, Kylee, Lianne, Ben, Kristin, Hannah and Alex; 21 great-grandchildren. \n\nRon was predeceased by his son Michael. \n\nAt his request there will be no funeral services. A celebration of his life will take place on July 9th at the "Farm Pond". Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Dexter. \n\nAs Ron was a 9 year survivor of pancreatic cancer, memorial donations may be made to Cancer Care of Maine, 33 Whiting Hill Road, Brewer, ME 04412. \n\n"Guess what?"\n"What?"\n"(Dad/Gramp)loves ya!"\n"Love you too!"