Obituary of Ronald J. Gillenkirk
Gillenkirk, Ronald J.
June 9, 1944 - September 25, 2022
Predeceased by brother, Jeffrey. Survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Diane; sons, Timothy (Corinne), Todd (Heather), and Robert (Christine); grandchildren, Caitlin, Jake, Courtney, Chloe, Ethan, Ryan, Jackson, Lincoln and Hannah. Brother, Michael (Sue) and sister, Karen. Also, many cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as several long-time friends who became family.
A lifetime Irondequoit resident, Ron graduated from McQuaid and John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. He proudly devoted his life’s work to Victor Central Schools where he taught for 30+ years. He often recalled fondly his time spent at Victor and never forgot the names and faces of his old students and colleagues.
In addition, he was employed over the years as a youth sports coach, realtor, bartender, Driver Education teacher, and golf ranger. He kept active in Irondequoit and Cape Vincent, NY where he and Diane have a getaway home.
An avid sports fan, you could hear him cheering loudly for his almost-World Series-Champion Cleveland Indians. He enjoyed spending his time with family and friends and was never one to turn down a good biography, historical fiction or crime novel. You could always find him with a smile on his face and laughter in the air.
Calling Hours-October 18 from 4-7pm at Paul W. Harris Funeral Home. Services- 10am October 19 at St. Cecilia Church, with burial to follow at Irondequoit Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Victor Scholarship Program RE: Ron Gillenkirk Memorial Scholarship, c/o Victor Central Schools, 953 High Street, Victor, NY 14564.