Ipswich — Ronald F. Cameron, 66, of Ipswich, died peacefully on September 7, 2013, surrounded by his loving family at the Kaplan House, following a long battle with cancer. He was born on June 8, 1947, in Berlin, N.H., to the late E. Frank Cameron and Jeanette (Gould) Cameron. Ron attended Ipswich schools, graduating in 1965, and graduated from Andover Institution of Business in 1967.
As a boy, Ron was a Boy Scout and earned his God and Country badge while in a troop led by his father. Ron also formed a band, "The Stingrays," with his friends, and his parents opened their home for them to practice. In 1968, Ron married his high school sweetheart, Laurie Tedford. Together the couple made countless special memories throughout their 45 years of marriage.
Lovingly coined "The Unofficial Mayor of Ipswich," Ron was very active in the Ipswich community. There was seldom a time or place that he went without a wave or friendly greeting. He began working at Tedford's True Value in 1969, as general manager and was recognized by customers and employees alike for his service, experience and knowledge. A Mason since 1972 at the John T. Heard Lodge, Ron was also an officer of the Ipswich Outboard Club since 1969. He was a member of several committees, including the Ipswich Waterways Advisory Committee, and being an integral part of initiating and orchestrating the Ipswich Holiday Happenings Committee and its annual Santa parade.
When he wasn’t working or volunteering his time, Ron had many hobbies. Ron was a talented and innovative builder. He constructed numerous floating docks, which have serviced marinas throughout New England, and in 1980, he and Laurie built their passive solar home. Here, they continued their 45-year tradition of opening their doors on Thanksgiving morning for fried dough and cold duck to friends and relatives. Ron also restored many different things, including a 1964 Daimler SP250, a 1901 Glenwood wood-burning stove, and several boats.