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Updated: Frank Ronan, 75, passes; arrangements made

posted Jan 9, 2017, 7:16 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jan 10, 2017, 4:45 PM ]

As you know, my father’s health has not been good for about a year now.  Tonight, a month short of his 76thbirthday, he lost his battle.


Track and field, specifically the Pole Vault, was his lifelong passion and the athletes, coaches, and officials he worked with were his source or camaraderie, joy, and a never-ending collection of tales to be told over a glass of Bushmills.  He was never happier than when he was on the track.


Thank you all for the good times and the memories.


Pat Ronan


DURHAM - Beloved Husband, Father, respected track and field official and pole vault coach, Francis "Frank" Ronan of Durham, N.H., died Sunday, January 8, 2017. He leaves behind his wife of 53 years Anne (Murray); three sons, Patrick and his wife Kristin, Kevin, Brendan and his wife Laura; and daughter Jennifer Haberbosch; and seven grandchildren, Meghann Ronan Boyle and husband Patrick; Jack Ronan and fiancée, LauraLee Waldron; Connor, Craig and Cole Ronan; Zoey and Lex Haberbosch.

Born in Boston February 11, 1941, to the late John Clifford Ronan and Frances (Goodwin) Ronan, he is survived by a brother, Clifford Ronan of San Marcos, Texas, and Brunswick, Maine; a sister, Dorothy (Ronan) Meneghin and her husband Peter, of Newmarket, N.H.; two nieces and three nephews.

A 1959 graduate of Boston English High School, and 1963 graduate of Bowdoin College with a B.A. in Latin, he served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1968.

"Frank" worked for IBM for 30 years and more recently as Director of Marketing for APC Services of New England. He also coached the pole vault at University of New Hampshire, Phillips Exeter Academy, and Newburyport High School. He was a member of Massachusetts Track and Field Officials Association., USA Track and Field, and N.H. Track Officials Association.

He was a member of the Church of St. Thomas More, Durham, where he served on the Stewardship and the Building and Grounds committees.

He was a mentor to grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and countless students, offering life and career advice and helping all to aspire to be the best they can be.

SERVICES: Visiting hours will be 4-8 p.m., on Wednesday, Jan 11, at Kent & Pelczar Funeral Home, 77 Exeter St., Newmarket, N.H. Funeral and Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, Jan 12, at 10 a.m., at St Thomas More Church, Durham, N.H.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Frank Ronan Memorial Pole Vault Scholarship at or link to or mail checks made out to Frank Ronan Memorial Scholarship to Anne Ronan, 14 Griffith Drive, Durham, N.H., 03824.

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