Ronald Edward Lincoln, 75, of Hanover, Massachusetts, died unexpectedly of natural causes at home on April 4, 2020.
Born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, to Ralph Freeman and Irene Eva Lincoln (Fosdick). He is survived by his sister, Linda Lincoln Mason and was a loving uncle to nieces LeAnne Keliipuleole (Alan), Donna Ylen, nephew, Scott Lee Mason (Claire) and several grand and great-grand nieces and nephews and many cousins.
Ron, my “little” and “favorite” brother, was an all-around “great guy.” He was kind and thoughtful to everyone. As one cousin remarked, “he was the nicest of all of us!” (I will not mention his little boy growing up years as his “built-in babysitter!”)
Ron served in the military during the Vietnam era, owned his own business, and served the town of Hingham as an auxiliary policeman and a 911 emergency dispatcher for many years. His lifelong passion for “fixing” cars led him to become a graduate of Franklin Institute of Boston with a degree in Auto Mechanics.
Ron voluntarily joined the Army around 1966 and served his entire tour at Ft. Hood, Texas as a “top notch” helicopter mechanic. He was so good at his job, that Ft. Hood would not let him go to Vietnam. The Army kept him in Texas to keep their own helicopters “humming.” Of course, they did send many of them to the war zone.
After his enlistment was over, Ron came home to open his own auto repair garage in Hingham. It was very successful because he had a reputation for honesty and “perfection.” After all, he was a Lincoln! He had to give up the business after he severely broke both ankles, as an auxiliary policeman, chasing a robber over several roofs one night. He had found it difficult, standing on his feet several hours a day.
Subsequently he held a few jobs, such as driving cars for the Downing Funeral Home until he found a “sitting down” job for the town of Hingham as a 911 emergency dispatcher. He served for many years until his final retirement.
My awesome brother was a “chip off of our father’s block.” Ron loved his country, family and his God. Our father was a 39-year-old enlistee in the Seabees during the second world war. No other service would take such an “old man.” They wanted our dad’s skills too (building, carpentry, etc.). Like him, Ron was very active in his community and helping others.
Our cousin, Marshall Bates, will comment about his many years of membership in the Masonic Temple and the Eastern Star.
Ron was a 37-year member of Old Colony Masonic Lodge in Hingham and was Master of the Lodge in 1992. He was also a holder of the Joseph Warren Distinguished Service Medal. He was a member of St Stephens Royal Arch Chapter as well a member of the Shrine. He was also a member of Sandwich Chapter No. 221 Order of the Eastern Star where he was Worthy Patron 8 times.
Ron had a Great Love of History and was The Old Colony Lodge Historian. He served on the Hanover Historical Society and was very, very Knowledgeable about the History of his entire family. If you had a question about the history of his family, his town or his Joined organizations, he knew the answer or at least where to find it.
I loved my brother very much. Because of our 7-year age difference, he was not supposed to pre-decease me. Ron, you are terribly missed by your family and so many friends. We are all so stunned!
He was buried on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Thank you so much to my wonderful cousins for standing up and “in” for me because I am “locked” down in Hawaii, where I live, until the quarantine for COVID-19 is lifted.
Many mahalos (thank yous) and lots of Aloha to you Ron. May you rest in eternal love and peace.
With love from our family and your loving and “favorite” sister,
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers please donate in Ronnie’s memory to: the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114 or at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/boston or
to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451-8750 or at www.Heart.org.
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