Ronald H. Lister
March 1, 1931 - April 12, 2021
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Cavanagh Family Funeral Home
301 Chester PIke
Norwood, PA 19074
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Friday 4/16, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Service
Cavanagh Family Funeral Home
301 Chester PIke
Norwood, PA 19074
610-532-3120 | Map
Friday 4/16, 11:00 am
Cemetery
SS Peter and Paul Cemetery
1600 Sproul Rd
Springfield, PA 19064
Friday 4/16, 12:15 pm

Ronald H. Lister, age 90 of SW Philadelphia peacefully passed away on April 12, 2021.  beloved husband of the late Lucy, (nee Vaccaro), survived by their daughters Lisa and Veronica, loving Pop Pop of Dylan and Patrick, brother-in-law Joe and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased in death by sisters Elizabeth and Patricia and his brother…

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MATTHEW TOMASCO SR left a message on April 26, 2021:
I AM SO SORRY I DO NOT CHECK MY EMAIL MORE OFTEN. RON YOU WILL BE MISSED, IT WAS WONDERFUL WORKING WITH YOU AT THE USO. TO RON'S FAMILY, AGAIN, I AM SORRY I MISSED THE NOTICE. I DO SO REMEMBER RON AND HIS MICKEY MOUSE JACKET. I AM SURE GOD HAS A NICE PLACE FOR RON.
Jennifer Hodur left a message on April 24, 2021:
Veronica and Lisa, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad Ronnie. He was one of my first friends at the USO. He was so large and in charge and ran the kitchen with all the style of a great Chef. He was also a wonderful person who would do anything for anybody. I miss him everyday and know he is running a USO center in heaven for all those military kids who passed before him. He was a dear friend and I will miss him.
Betti-Ann MacDonald left a message on April 16, 2021:
I was saddened to here, I'm so sorry for your loss. Ronnie was an amazing man, I loved working with him every saturday morning at the USO, He always came dressed with his pressed USO Shirt and pressed jeans and ran circles around everyone there was no stopping him. He loved his daughters and grandkids and was so proud of them all. We lost an amazing man and heaven gained an angel who will be looking out for us all.
Bernadette Casiello left a message on April 16, 2021:
It was always fun working with Ronnie at USO. We have missed him for a long time. Sincere condolences.
Tom Williams left a message on April 15, 2021:
My deepest sympathy, It sadden me to hear about the lost of your father my good friend and neighbor Ron. He was one of the nicest guys I ever met. My prayers go out for you and your family.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Janice Cangelosi left a message on April 15, 2021:
Thoughts and deepest Sympathy in the loss of your Dad. May he Rest In Peace! A kind wonderful loving man too my Aunt Gladys and Uncle Bud. Love Janice (Davis) Mike Cangelosi and families
Louis Boykin left a message on April 15, 2021:
To my fellow worker from the USO, from my family may you rest in peace.
Donna Gavin left a message on April 14, 2021:
I'm so sorry for your loss. Ronnie was a great guy. I volunteered with him for many years at the USO. He had a great love for his family and was very proud of them. He was a great supporter of the USO. He was always there to support our military service people and their families. He was always ready to lend a hand or his advice on how you were doing something wrong. NO one could dice an onion like him and he tell you so! I miss him every time I volunteer and he's not there. He'd never let me take the bus back to the Parking lot. God Bless
Jack and Floss Kalup left a message on April 14, 2021:
So sorry for the loss of your dad, uncle Ronnie was such a sweet man ,we enjoyed seeing him come to Tommy and Joanne’s BBQ’s he really enjoyed being there. We will truly miss him. RIP Uncle Ronnie!
Mike Chapman left a message on April 14, 2021:
My condolences to Ron's family. We have all lost a good human being. He was one of the best people that I have ever worked alongside. That man could walk at a seriously fast and steady clip through the airport. I often had to ask him to slow down for me! 🥰
Jane Cyr left a message on April 14, 2021:
Ronnie, You’ve been missed since you stop volunteering at the USO, and it has not been the same without you. We had so many laughs during our time that we volunteered together, you had so much energy and could run circles around those young buck service men. One thing I missed about you not volunteering is, you always made the best tuna fish sandwiches. Ronnie, I hope when you get to heaven, you meet Walt Disney and let him know what a huge fan you are and get to hold your lovely wife Lucy in your arms. Big Hugs, Jane
Dianne Hammond left a message on April 14, 2021:
Being with Ronnie at the USO was always a great day. He was always busy and enjoying the time there. Ronnie was a good teacher too, as he taught the correct way to do the tasks at hand. His USCG meals were amazing. We miss them and we miss Ronnie. I'm sure he is in the heavenly Disneyland. May his family and friends remember the good times and his grin..
Ron Cassano left a message on April 14, 2021:
On my first day as a Liberty USO volunteer, I was admiring a picture hanging on the wall of an elderly gentleman dressed in formal attire and receiving an award. My gaze was suddenly broken by a gruff and barking voice from behind. The suddenness of it had me all but jumping out of my skin. It was Ronnie so he told me and gave me the friendliest smile and warmest greeting as he introduced himself. It was his picture that I was admiring as he received USO Volunteer of the Year Award. Very proud of it he was and I later learned so very deserving. He devoted his life to serving the PHL USO which surfaced in both the quality and quantity of his time. We became close friends that day and volunteered together on Saturdays among others over the years. He shared the story of his life from humble beginnings in South Philly to his service in the military and time in Las Vegas, Alaska, Key West, and as a skilled iron worker at Philadelphia Naval Yard. Serving as a military cook, Ronnie acquired remarkable skills that he shared with so many in our USO kitchen. Several days a week Ronnie prepared meals including succulent roast pork on coast guard Tuesdays feeding oftentimes ninety+ recruits a day. I was always amazed at his ability to slice and dice with precision, cutting turkey and pork with uniformity and artistry. He had a commanding presence in the kitchen but equally a big heart and generous spirit. I will treasure the memories of time we shared together. My sympathies to his family. RIP my friend.
David Petti left a message on April 13, 2021:
Uncle Ronni Rest In Peace I will always remember the big holiday Christmas and Thanksgiving with your special Egg nog drinks you made . Rest well and rejoice with Lucy , Tony , and My Mom
Christina Vaccaro left a message on April 13, 2021:
What a glorious reunion it must have been early yesterday morning! Thank you for always cutting the turkey so beautifully. I would love to be around that Christmas table in 2021. RIP my dear Uncle Ronnie until we meet again.
James white left a message on April 13, 2021:
Ron you will be missed. I will never forget my first day at the center. I thank you for all your help in getting me started.
Ruth Sledge left a message on April 13, 2021:
Ron , AKA , Mr USO , was a super funny guy !!! I will always remember his love for cooking food for our military members . Ron used to move around the airport so fast doing different things , that I could not keep up with him ! I remember Ron used to get mad at me because I would text him and he didnt know how to text back . Well , he finally learned how and I had to get used to Ron texting me at 2 in the morning a few times a week , asking me what I was doing ! LOL My condolences to Ron,s family , whom he loved dearly . R I P Ron , you are gone , but will never be forgotten .
Brianna Vaccaro left a message on April 13, 2021:
Fly high, happy, and in peace dear Uncle Ronnie with our many other loved ones
Brianna Vaccaro left a message on April 13, 2021:
Fly high, happy, and in peace dear Uncle Ronnie with our many other loved ones
Ileen Forcine left a message on April 13, 2021:
I met Ronnie many years ago, when I first began volunteering at the USO; he was the "Commander of the Kitchen" and his orders stood. I always admired how he arrived for shift dressed in his sports jacket and pristinely pressed jeans. He taught me many things, during our time working together; one of which was to take pride in your work and be present in everything you do. We all marveled at his stamina, always moving, always working to make our service members' stay at the USO the best it could be. I send my deepest condolences to his loving family. Ron, may you have fair winds and following seas as you journey home.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Ileen Forcine left a message on April 13, 2021:
I met Ronnie many years ago, when I first began volunteering at the USO; he was the "Commander of the Kitchen" and his orders stood. I always admired how he arrived for shift dressed in his sports jacket and pristinely pressed jeans. He taught me many things, during our time working together; one of which was to take pride in your work and be present in everything you do. We all marveled at his stamina, always moving, always working to make our service members' stay at the USO the best it could be. I send my deepest condolences to his loving family. Ron, may you have fair winds and following seas as you journey home.
Joyce Pollini left a message on April 13, 2021:
So sorry to hear about Ronnie as I worked with him many times at the USO and he was loved by all . We all loved his personality and also his great Porkloin recipe.
Zoraida Antonetty left a message on April 13, 2021:
My heartfelt and sincere condolences to the Lister Family. How sad to know that an angel has left us, but we know that Ronnie is now looking down upon us, as he rest in peace. Prayers of comfort are sent your way. "Ronnie, it was a pleasure working along side with you. You'll be missed Bud...thanks for your smile and candid spirit. Your USO legacy of tireless servitude and loving soul will carry on. R.I.P!" Zoraida Antonetty, Georgina Antonetty and Nicolas Sierra.
Juhan Runne left a message on April 13, 2021:
Farewell Ronnie Rest In Peace. Thank you for teaching me so much by example as a Liberty USO volunteer.
Bonnie Cornish left a message on April 13, 2021:
Rest easy, Sir - job well done fairhful servant. Another USO Volunteer & veteran advocate
Bonnie Cornish left a message on April 13, 2021:
Rest easy, Sir - job well done fairhful servant. Another USO Volunteer & veteran advocate
Sherrie Woolfrey left a message on April 13, 2021:
Dear Lisa and family, We are sorry for the loss of your father. We thank you for his military service and the families sacrifices made for our country. May God provide comfort and rest at this difficult time. We love you very much. Sherrie & Ron Woolfrey & family
Erica Bradshaw (Croxton) left a message on April 13, 2021:
Lots of hugs and love to the Lister family! Unfortunately I know what it is like to lose a mother and a father and how difficult it is, my sincerest condolences. I only have a couple of direct memories of Mr Lister, one being when he bbq'ed for our company picnic. He had so much fun serving us! Mr Lister served our country and continued to serve and volunteer his time until very recently at almost 90. We all can learn a lot from Mr Lister! It is much better to give than receive. Praying for peace for the Lister family. 🤎🙌🏾
Angel Petti Rosenberg left a message on April 13, 2021:
Uncle Ronnie - you were certainly a trooper! What a wonderful and dedicated life you led. I’m sure Aunt Lucy, Uncle Anthony, and mom (Angel) (among many others) were waiting with open arms for you! You will be missed. Rest In Peace sweet man.
Ron Vaccaro left a message on April 13, 2021:
This is beautiful, it made me cry seeing his picture and knowing it's real. I'm so sorry, I love and miss you all.
Cavanagh Family Funeral Homes & Crematory left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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