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Ronald James Francis Patrick Morrissey

September 25, 1934 ~ January 3, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Ronald Morrissey Obituary

Ronald James Francis Patrick Morrissey, husband and father of four, scientist, and avid photographer, passed away on January 3, 2024 at the age of 89.  

He was born in Staten Island, New York on September 25, 1934, and graduated from the Augustinian Academy high school. Ron studied chemistry at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ, receiving his B.S. degree in 1956. He went on to earn his PhD in physical chemistry in 1961 from Fordham University, studying under Father Clarence Schubert. Ron’s thesis was titled “The Reaction of Ozone with Propane and Ethane.”   

After completing his graduate studies, Ron entered the Army and was stationed at Fort Huachuca in Arizona near the Mexican border. He worked in the field of cryptography, eventually earning the rank of Captain in Army Intelligence and Security. Although he lost the hearing in one ear during a tank exercise, he spoke fondly of his Army service, and his time in the Southwest gave him an appreciation for great American landscapes.   

Ron returned to Staten Island after his Army service and met his wife Elizabeth Ann Schwimer on the Staten Island Ferry, She was introduced to him by an old college friend who she was with. They had a whirlwind courtship and were married at Saint Teresa’s Church on September 18, 1965. After their wedding, they moved to Harrisburg, PA where Ron started his first job at AMP Incorporated, specializing in the manufacture of electrical connectors.  They had the first three of their four children, all boys, during their time in Pennsylvania.   

In 1974, Ron and Elizabeth moved with their growing family to Rhode Island, where they settled in Cranston. Their fourth child, a daughter, was born later that same year. Ron worked at Technic Incorporated for over 50 years, developing chemicals and chemical processes for electroplating metals. Over the course of his career at Technic, Ron was the author of numerous U.S. patents and academic papers.  Notable among these was “A Versatile Non-cyanide Gold Plating System” (Plating and Surface Finishing, 1993) and “Electrolytic Determination of Porosity in Gold Electroplates: I. Corrosion Potential Measurements” (J. Elec Chem Soc, 1970).  Ron retired from Technic as Vice President at the age of 86 in 2021. Ron was a faithful daily communicant at St. Rocco's Church for many years and belonged to SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, where he was a lector. In 1999, Father Goidice invited him to be a Trustee. 

Ron had a life-long interest in photography, an enthusiasm that he instilled in his children and grandchildren. He was the owner of an eclectic assortment of film cameras ranging from an 8mm Minox miniature to a medium format Minolta twin lens reflex. Late in life he finally acquired a pair of prized Leica rangefinders, crowning his collection.  Ron was partial to color slide films and accumulated a library of thousands of images starting in his teen years.  He also maintained a black and white darkroom in the basement of the house and enjoyed instructing beginners in its use.  

Ron enjoyed road trips to photograph New England and traveled with Elizabeth and the family to New Hampshire for summer conferences.  Mystic Seaport was a favorite.  In later years, he traveled to Maine, and discovered the Wyoming Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, which provided the backdrops for numerous late summer trips. Ron, Elizabeth and the family spent many hours driving the park roads in search of wildlife and the perfect sunset.   

Ron is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Elizabeth; four children: Ronald, Patrick, James and Maria; and four grandchildren: Emily, Ellie, Rachael, Grady and two step children, Caitlyn and Michael and one step granddaughter. 

Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, 30 Fenner Street, Providence, Saturday, January 13, at 10am. Burial will follow at the St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston. A visitation for Mr. Morrissey will take place Friday, January 12, from 4pm until 7pm in the “WOODLAWN” Funeral Home, 600 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the chemistry departments of Saint Peter’s University and Fordham University, St. Labre Indian School and Smile Train. 

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Services

Visitation
Friday
January 12, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Woodlawn Funeral Home
600 Pontiac Ave
Cranston, RI 02910

Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday
January 13, 2024

10:00 AM
Cathedral of Saints Peter &Paul
Cathederal Square
Providence, RI 02903

Burial

St. Ann Cemetery, Rhode Island
73 Church Street
Cranston, RI 02920

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