Ronald R. Austin Sr.

Gansevoort/Whitehall, New York – Ronald R. Austin Sr., 82, of Gansevoort, New York, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, after a long illness. He was born on July 27, 1939, to Robert Austin and Mary (Luse) Austin of Whitehall, New York.

Ron graduated from Whitehall High School in 1957. He played baseball and basketball for Whitehall and set several school records.

After high school he met and married Eileen (Eaton) Austin from Fair Haven, Vermont, and welcomed two sons, Ron and Ken Austin.

Eileen passed away in 1988 after a long illness.

Ronnie was in the New York National Guard for 32 years and was employed at General Electric in Fort Edward for 39 years. He was an avid Daytona racing fan and Dirtcar Northeast fan. After retiring, he loved to travel in their RV touring the country. He loved going to casinos, to Las Vegas, on cruises and to sporting events and watching them on TV with his longtime companion Ruth Lorette. He loved taking his dog Spike on trips with them. Ron coached his sons’ Little League teams in Whitehall and enjoyed attending all of the sports events.

Ronnie is survived by his son Ronald Austin Jr. (Melissa) of Ocean City, Maryland; his long-time companion Ruth Lorette of Gansevoort; his brother Don (Deb) Austin of Henderson, Nevada; his two sisters Joan Austin-Lambert of Queensbury, New York, and Mary (Harry) Austin-Lieberman also of Queensbury; his granddaughter Shauna Austin-Scott of Mineville, New York, and grandson Brett Austin of Whitehall; great-grandchildren Michaela, Grant, MariGrace and Ayden; two step-great-grandchildren Haleigh and Daytona; nephews Brad Harrington, Matt Harrington and Tyler Wilcox; nieces Theresa (Ricky) Wilcox, Sarah (Edgar) Sanchez and Megan (Jacky) Swallia; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He also leaves behind his friends Brad and Jan Sitts and Walt Dingman and many more from the races.

In addition to his parents and grandparents, Ronnie was predeceased by his wife Eileen (Eaton) Austin, son Ken Austin, twin grandsons Alec and Ryan Austin, grandson Allen Austin, special uncle Don Austin, brother-in-law Dick Lambert and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the Jillson Funeral Home Inc., 46 Williams St., Whitehall.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at the Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church, 9 Wheeler Ave., Whitehall, with Reverend Zachariah Chichester officiating. Burial will take place in the spring.

Special thanks to the doctors and nurses at Saratoga and Glens Falls Hospitals and the staff at The Pines in Glens Falls.

Memorial contributions may be made in Ron’s name to the American Cancer Society.

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