Ronald C. Strout (1933 - 2018)

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Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Homes
1024 Broadway
South Portland, ME
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Homes
1024 Broadway
South Portland, ME 04106
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Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
4:00 PM
Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Homes
1024 Broadway
South Portland, ME 04106
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Ronald C. Strout, 85
OLD ORCHARD BEACH - Ronald C. Strout, 85, passed away on Aug. 6, 2018, of Pulmonary Fibrosis at home with his family by his side.
Ronnie was born April 22, 1933 in Portland, Maine, the son of Ora and Aubine (Morrill) Strout.
He grew up in Nason's Corner and attended local Portland schools. He had two sons from a previous marriage; Ronnie Strout Jr. and Gary Strout.
He joined the Army from April 1954 to March of 1956 stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., where he was a cook.
He was working as a baker at Cushman's Bakery in Portland where he met his loving soulmate and future wife, Joanne. After Cushman's closed in 1964, he bought a variety store in Springfield, Mass., called "Strout's Spa" with a soda fountain bar and penny candy counter. During nights, he attended barber school.
He opened Ronnie's Razor's Edge in West Springfield, Mass., in 1968. As soon as they got to Springfield, they couldn't wait to get back to Maine and immediately started making plans. In 1971, the family moved to South Portland where he had his barbershop in Redbank for 33 years. His grandsons never went to a different barber until they became adults. His barber kit traveled with him and he would pop open a barber shop sometimes in the middle of a college dorm room much to the surprise of college roommates.
He was an active Elks Club member for a number of years and he and Joanne were regular attendees at their dances.
Ronnie was an avid golfer throughout his life and was the happiest golfing at "the condo" in Woodstock, N.H., with his family. He was famous for introducing his best golf buddies and son-in-laws, Jeff and Joe, as his sons. His daughters would quickly pipe up and remind him though. He loved his New England Sport teams. We quite often planned parties around a football game on Sunday afternoons. We have great memories of attending Patriot's games where the van doors would open and out comes the table, chairs, grill and the tail gate spread would start within minutes.
The family would like to thank the incredibly giving and supportive hospice staff specifically Sue Basford and Tina Gilpatrick, for their positive attitude and enthusiasm.
He was predeceased by his brother, Ora Strout; sisters, Gloria Sawyer, Barbara Drost; and a son, Ronnie Jr.
He is survived by his beautiful wife of 65 years of marriage, Joanne P. (Joyce) Strout; daughter, Elaine Strout of Bangor; her children, Mike Napoleon and Lisa Napoleone and her partner, Tyler Way; daughter, Stephanie (Strout) Berenson and her husband, Jeff, of Milford, Mass., their children, Tonya Berenson and her husband, David Bedoya, (their children Leo and Samuel), Gregory Berenson, and Jessica Berenson Clickner and her husband, Ben; daughter, Sandee (Strout) LaRose and her husband, Joe, and their children, Trevor and Tasja LaRose, of Scarborough. He is survived by his sister, Natalie Elliott of Gorham; several nieces and nephews.
A visitation celebrating Ronnie's life will be held at the
Conroy-Tully Walker South Portland Chapel
, 1024 Broadway, South Portland on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, from 3-4 p.m. A service will follow at the chapel at 4 p.m. Burial will be private. To view Ronnie's memorial page, or to share an online condolence, please visit

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Aug. 8, 2018
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