Whitehall, New York – H. Ronald Bessette went to be with our Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. Ron was the first-born son of the late Henry L. and Edna M. (Lindsay) Bessette.
Ron was married to Janice (Romeo) Bessette. Together they spent the last 50 years with each other.
In his early years Ron was employed by the D&H Railroad, but for most of his life his love and passion were restoring old cars. He was what many called the back-yard mechanic. He had a special talent of being able to turn an old rust bucket into a beautiful show car. He did many throughout his years, but his favorites were 1949-1950 Fords and Mercuries. He was the founder of the Skenesborough Street Rodders in the late 1980s, when the club did some fundraising and car shows. He was very proud of that time. Ron had a love of talking with everyone he met. We always said he had the gift of gab.
His second passion was camping with his wife and family since 1970. He and his wife Janice managed the Port Henry campsite in Port Henry, New York, from 1990 to 1996, where they made many friends they considered family and where many memories were made.
In addition to his parents, Ron was predeceased by his brother Gary Bessette.
He is survived by his wife Janice and his children, including son Marc Bessette of Whitehall; daughter Renee (Chuck) Lobdel of Troy, New York; son Chad (Roxy) Marcy of North Pole, Alaska; daughter Debby Cline of Whitehall; son Ron (Tara) Bessette of North Carolina; son Gary Bessette of Granville; and son Terry (Linda) Bessette of Whitehall. He also is survived by his grandchildren Payton, Emaly, Marcee and Jamison Bessette, Lindsay Bessette, Taylor Scidmore, Evan McLaughlin, Tessa Lobdell, Jacob Marcy, Michael Cline, Spencer and Hunter Bessette, Justin Bessette, Bradley Bessette and several great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
He also leaves behind his two fur babies Layla and Bruiser who spent every moment by his side while he was sick.
At Ron’s request there were no calling hours. A memorial service was held at the Lock 12 Marina in Whitehall on Saturday, Jan. 2, from noon to 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements are under the care of the Jillson Funeral Home Inc., 46 Williams St., Whitehall, New York.
Online condolences may be made at www.jillsonfuneralhome.com.