SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

February 5, 2013

Ronald T. Oliphant, 65


Beverly — Mr. Ronald T. Oliphant “Capt. Ron” passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on January 30.

Ronnie was a well known commercial roofing contractor with many contacts on the North Shore area for the last 45 years. The former owner of Modern Roofing in Lynn, and most recently the general manager and consultant at his three sons’ company AMK Construction of Beverly, he was highly regarded by his peers in the industry. Ronnie’s knowledge and dedication to his vocation was admired by all of his clients.

Ron took a year off from roofing in 1978 and joined the crew of the “Natalie”, a herring seiner out of Gloucester. He later became a licensed USCG charter boat captain and was the Owner/Operator of Reel Crazy for many years out of Beverly. He was privileged to have fished in many waters during his leisure time including the Florida Keys, Bahamas, and Costa Rica but was well known to fishermen on the Banks. Ron owns a stellar collection of taxidermy trophy fish recalling some of his best catches.

Ronnie was most proud of his family. His wife Cheryl (Normand) was his best friend, business partner and the love of his life. He was so proud of their three sons, Aaron, Matthew, and Kyle and the success they have achieved with the continuity of the business after his “retirement” that never really came to be. He was quite pleased that his sons were able to continue to meet the needs of his long-time clients, so many of whom became true friends.

Ron was born on November 1, 1947, the son of the late Carlyle and Josephine (Burak) Oliphant. He attended Beverly High School, graduating class of 1967.

Besides his wife, he leaves three sons and their spouses, Aaron and Allison, Matthew and Meghan, and Kyle and Crystal Lawler Oliphant. Ronnie “Pop” was adored by his four grandchildren, Kyle, Chloe, Nathan and Kaelyn Oliphant and his “grand” dog Leo who kept him company at the shop in Danversport. Ron was also survived by one brother and sister-in-law Robert and Lorraine Oliphant of Wakefield; his mother-in-law Mary Normand of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Gloucester and will be missed by the Normand, Montoni, and Burak families.

ARRANGEMENTS: A burial at sea will be held per Captain Ron’s wishes when summer approaches. The family will hold a visitation and celebration of Ron’s life at the Italian Community Center at 300 Rantoul St. in Beverly on Thursday, February 7, from 4 – 8 p.m., with light refreshments for family, friends and colleagues. Captain Ron valued the commitment of the Gloucester Fisherman’s Wives Association and their contribution to the community. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to 2 Blackburn Center, Gloucester, MA 01930, in memory of Ronald Oliphant. For information, directions, condolences please visit: www.campbellfuneral.com