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“Thankful to have had Ron as a little league coach growing up at Little Nippers, he was the most caring, genuine man and I loved him as if he were...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Taylor Scafidi

“Dear Pat & Tracey,I am so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
2 of 20 | Posted by: Kate Jacobs - Westport, MA

“I just saw the beautiful photo tribute of Ron's life. What came across so well is that he was a man that loved his family and friends and who was...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Deborah MacArthur Anderson - FL

“Tisha and family, so very sorry for your loss. ”
4 of 20 | Posted by: Susan Bennett Page - Buzzards Bay, MA

“Pat, Tracey and family. My thoughts heart and prayers are with you. Ron is now at peace and will be an Angel watching over all of you. We are so...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Debra Pandolfi - Waltham, MA

“So sorry to hear of Ron"s passing. Prayer and thoughts for you and your family. Love, Claire ”
6 of 20 | Posted by: Claire Bennett - Wells, SC

“You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, Pat. ”
7 of 20 | Posted by: Mike & Anne Bennett - Chelmsford, MA

“Tish and family, so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband and father. Know that you are in our thoughts an prayers ”
8 of 20 | Posted by: Judy and Dana Turner - Eastport, ME

“For all those wonderful years at Waltham's Nipper Maher ”
9 of 20 | Posted by: Lena MacInnis - North Oxford, MA

“My son played for Ronnie's Cardinals. He taught my son, as well as me, how to laugh, and be decent to one another. A ball hit one of the Cards in...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Jeff Thompson - Waltham, MA

“Dear Pat, Tracey, Chris, Ronnie, and the girlsHugs and prayers. We are so sorry.Donna, Joe and the Donovans ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Donna Donovan - Waltham, MA

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. My two sons played at Nipper Maher and had many good laughs and memories. Ron will be...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Larry Clifford - Waltham

“All five of my children LOVED Mr. T when they attended MacArthur School. He was a kind man and always had something nice to say. He will be missed....Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Linda Bontempo - Waltham, MA

“Oh how I remember Ronnie! What a great father, husband, and man. He loved his children and wife. He was always joking and smiling. Enjoyed life! ”
14 of 20 | Posted by: Rachel Zaino - Falmouth, MA

“Thoughts and Prayers for Pat and family. Although it's been many years, I remember many good times, especially working with him @ the Chateau. may he...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Donna David - Waltham, MA

“Prayers to the family. I have MANY great memories of "Coach Ron" all the years we spent down Nipper Maher. Ron will be missed. ”
16 of 20 | Posted by: jean nutile - waktham, MA

“How Do I say Goodbye to a wonderful Husband, Father, grandfather, friend, who's been in my life off and on since little Ron was 9 months old..both ...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Lena MacInnis - North Oxford, MA

“So sorry for your loss. Thought and prayers are with all of you at this time. RIP UNCLE. ”
18 of 20 | Posted by: Kerri Thebado - Apex, NC - Family

“Pat, I am so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. I always enjoyed seeing him at his school post in the afternoons. With deepest sympathy, Joanne ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Joanne Waters - Framingham, MA

“Pat and family,So sorry for your lose . He was definitely one of a kind. The world was a better place cause of him. He touched so many peoples lives....Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Pauline Lampros - Waltham, MA


Waltham – Mr. Roland E. "Ron" Thebado, of Waltham, died Monday, December 4, 2017 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital following a period of declining health. He was 80.

Ron was born in Boston on July 2, 1937, a son of the late Charles and Mary (Bernard) Thebado, and was raised in Roxbury. After high school he served with the United States Army.

Ron's best day came when he married Patricia K. Smith in Saint Leo's Church in Dorchester and the couple soon moved to Waltham where they became lifelong residents. They celebrated fifty years of marriage this past June 24th.

Until his retirement he worked as a custodian at MacArthur Elementary School in Waltham where he was known with great affection as "Mr. T". The same moniker followed him in retirement where he spent the past ten years as a school crossing guard at the corner of School and Bacon Streets.

Before working for the school department Ron had worked at Howard Clock Company when he first arrived in Waltham and later at the Marriott in Newton, and at Jet-Spray and at the Chateau Restaurant, both in Waltham.

The job he loved most however was being the proud 'Papa' to his granddaughters. Ron was living proof that "a grandfather is someone with silver in his hair . . . and gold in his heart."

For thirty years he coached the Cardinals in Waltham's Nipper Maher Baseball League and coached hockey for Belmont Sports Special Olympics. Ron also enjoyed hunting with his buddies every year at Sebago Lake in Maine and in the warmer months loved fishing at the reservoir in Waltham. Another favorite destination was Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut.

In addition to his wife, Pat, he leaves his children, Tracey A. Salvo and her husband, Christopher, and Roland E. Thebado, Jr., all of Waltham; his granddaughters, Brittany, Jessica and Olivia Salvo; his brother and sister, Ernest Thebado of Marlboro and Jean Panto of Quincy; many nieces and nephews and his favorite canine companion, Duke.

Ron was also a brother of the late Charles, Jr. and Donald Thebado.

Family and friends will honor and remember Ron's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Thursday, December 7th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9:30 a.m. on Friday morning before leaving in procession to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be private.