ALMOND – Ronald J. Mauro, 70, passed away peacefully at his home in Almond, NY, surrounded by his family, on September 17, 2021, after a courageous 13-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Ron was born in Hornell, NY on August 30, 1951, and was the son of Salvatore and Irene (Moore) Mauro.
Ron grew up in Hornell and was a graduate of Hornell High School (class of 1969). Ron graduated from Syracuse University with B.S. (1973) and M.S. (1974) degrees in Civil Engineering. He spent over 30 years working at the New York State Department of Transportation in Hornell, including serving as Regional Structures Engineer (1984-2008), where he oversaw bridge design and engineering throughout Region 6 of New York State. Ron was highly respected by his colleagues, both for his engineering skills and for his never-failing honesty and integrity. He was recognized as Region 6 Engineer of the Year in both 1991 and 2007. Ron also spent part of his professional career at HUNT Engineers, Architects & Surveyors.
Ron married the love of his life, Margaret Suzanne “Susie” (Whitford) Mauro, who survives, at St. Ann’s Church in Hornell on December 17, 1977. Also surviving are their two sons, Dr. John (Yihong) Mauro of Boalsburg, PA, and Dr. Daniel (Dr. V. Shaw) Mauro of Rockville, MD, and one granddaughter, Sofia Mauro of Boalsburg, PA. Ron is also survived by his two brothers, Thomas (Ann) Mauro of Cohocton and Robert (Pauline Shaw) Mauro of Arkport, one younger sister, Teresa (Andrew) Williams of Hornell, and seven nieces and nephews: Angela (David) Trautman, Michael (Jenn Fish) Mauro, Raymond (Shelby Hosmer) Mauro, Dr. Marisa (Charley Howe) Mauro, Nicholas (Jerry Walsh) Mauro, Meghann Williams, and Kristen Williams. He is also survived by several grand-nephews and a grand-niece: Joseph Trautman, Nathaniel Trautman, Baylie Mauro, Bentley Mauro, Rhys Howe, Rhett Howe, and Torin Howe. Also surviving are his uncles, Joseph Mauro of Hornell and Francis “Buzzy” (Donna) Mauro of Hammondsport, and by his aunts, Genevieve Lamphier of Greenwood and Laura Soble of Rochester. Ron is also survived by his special cousins-in-law, Cynthia Schultheis and Lynda (Dennis) O’Brien, both of Hornell, and their children, Matthew (Erin) Schumaker of Ontario, NY, and Dr. Bridget O’Brien of San Rafael, CA.
He is preceded in death by his parents, by his uncles, Carl Mauro, Dale Lamphier, and James Soble, Jr., and by his aunts, Jean Mauro, Anne Mauro, Marguerite Mauro, and Barbara Kelly.
Ron was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Hornell and for many years had been a communicant at both St. Ann’s Church and St. Ignatius Loyola Church, where he was an altar server and eucharistic minister.
Ron was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He loved spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed spending summers with his family at Waneta Lake. Ron loved the lake and spent countless hours enjoying his motorboat, WaveRunner, and sailboat. Ron also enjoyed taking care of his beautiful cottage, which he designed. Ron loved hosting visitors at the lake and taking them on boat rides.
Ron also designed his dream home in Almond, where he and his family lived since 1991. He was very proud of his two sons, daughters-in-law, and his beloved granddaughter. He will be remembered fondly as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He will be sadly missed and forever loved by those whose lives he touched.
Ron’s family would like to thank all of the doctors and nurses who provided compassionate care during his fight against cancer, especially Dr. Pradeep Sharda and his staff, as well as the HomeCare & Hospice of Western New York, especially for the excellent care from Lisa Gordon, RN. They would also like to thank all the dear friends, family, and neighbors who were so generous with their help and prayers during this challenging time.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to join his family at St. Ann’s Church, 31 Erie Ave., Hornell where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 24, 2021). Face masks are required and social distancing is encouraged. Thank you for understanding. Committal prayers and interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Town of Fremont. The services will be live streamed and may be seen either on the Facebook page of Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. or on the homepage of www.bishopandjohnsonfuneralhome.com for 30 days beginning at 1:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 24, 2021).
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to: Our Lady of the Valley Parish, 27 Erie Avenue, Hornell, NY 14843; the Lustgarden Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 415 Crossways Park Drive, Suite D, Woodbury, NY 11797 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the church.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell is honored to assist Ron’s family with the arrangements.
Online condolences or remembrances of Ron are welcomed on the Facebook page of Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. or at www.bishopandjohnsonfuneralhome.com.