SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

March 31, 2014

Billy Ransom


Lynn, MA — Harold (Billy) Ransom, 81, died at his home in Lynn, Mass., on March 26, from Alzheimer’s disease. Bill grew up in Danvers, Mass., and went to high school in Beverly. In 2003, he was in the first group of inductees into the Beverly High School Athletic Hall of Fame for his achievements in football, track and baseball. He was a proud veteran who spent two years in the Korean War, and returned to finish his education at Boston University, obtaining a master’s degree in education. Bill worked as a teacher and coach at schools in Woburn, Gloucester and Conway, N.H., but spent most of his teaching and coaching years at Malden Catholic, where he made lifetime friends from the students he loved. One of those loved students was Mark Cannon, who in 2011, organized a special evening where Bill was given recognition from Malden Catholic for his dedicated loyalty and outstanding accomplishments. As a teenager, he learned the trade of bricklaying from the Montoni family in Beverly, who treated him as one of their own. He was a member of the Bricklayer’s Union for over 50 years. With the help of many of his friends he met in the trades and his students, he built a home in Bartlett, N.H. He was happiest skiing, golfing and working on his chalet on the Sacco River, where he wanted all his family and friends to come.

Bill leaves behind his wife of 35 years, Patty Luke, originally from North Conway; their two children, Jenna of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Luke of Beverly, Mass.; his three children from his previous marriage, Linda Cederholm of Wasilla, Alaska, Bobbi Rheaume of Pittsfield, Mass., and Nikki Ransom of Beverly, Mass.; his grandson, Nicholas Cederholm; his dear sisters, Rhonda Lucas and Gail Delaney of Long Beach, Calif.; his late brother’s son, Buddy Ransom of Oregon, who called him weekly; his loving caregiver, Sue Csuka of Lynn; his loyal friend, Paul Weir, who visited him weekly while living with Alzheimer’s; and many others who called and tried to keep the memory alive; and Rye, his special dog, who never forgot his master. Bill’s body has been donated to Tufts University Health Sciences Anatomical Gift Program with the hope that he can continue to further education.

ARRANGEMENTS: Friends are welcome to come to a celebration of life gathering next month, date to be announced.

If you wish to make a donation in Bill’s memory, please consider the animals at the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, MA https://secure.northeastanimalshelter.org/donate.php.