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773 Moody Street
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Ronald Haslam

Ronald Dean Haslam

Sunday, April 22nd, 1945 - Sunday, November 22nd, 2020
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Ronald Dean Haslam “Ron” was born on April 22, 1945 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the fifth child born into the union of the late Edwin J. Haslam and late Eileen P. Collimore.

Ron was a graduate of the North Quincy Public School system and received further education at the Wentworth Institute of Technology. A skilled tradesman and proud member of Boston’s Sheetmetal Workers Union Local 17, Ron dedicated his professional life to the building trades working on many significant building projects across Massachusetts. After more than three decades, Ron’s last job was as a construction foreman on one of MIT’s most controversial and architecturally challenging buildings designed by Frank Gehry.

Ron, also loved travel, reading, basketball, the New England Patriots and country music! Putting his faith into action, Ron was a long-standing member of the Knights of Columbus, Pere Marquette Council 271, Boston, where he engaged in many volunteer projects intended to uplift children and families in the Dorchester neighborhood. He also served as the organization’s Financial Secretary for many years.

Compassionate commitment and volunteer service to those in need, particularly children, were the central themes of Ron’s life. They were also at the core of the loving relationship he shared with his life partner of more than thirty years and husband, Gustavo Vara-Billota, a native of Lima, Peru.

Ron was deeply involved with the Peruvian Community of Massachusetts (COPEMA) and a volunteer at the Shriners Hospital for Burns. For many years, he actively supported charity events to aide sick children travelling from Peru to Boston for medical treatment. For over thirty years he performed at charity events to raise Christmas donations for Peruvian and other underprivileged children. He especially enjoyed playing the role of “Santa Claus”.

In 2010, Ron retired and moved with Gustavo to his native Peru where he continued his charitable efforts. He created a “Haslam Club” to teach English language to young students and teachers in Lima. And every year around Christmas, he would work with Gustavo and local volunteers to travel to small villages in poor areas to bring gifts, school supplies and happiness to children.

Prior to his passing, Ron and Gustavo were in the process of adopting a Peruvian boy named Juan Carlos Sanchez whom Ron referred to as his beloved son. However, before this dream could be realized, Ron passed away at his home peacefully on the morning of Sunday, November 22,2020.

He leaves to cherish his memory: his devoted husband Gustavo, his siblings, Edwin Haslam, Jennie Ross, Paul Varney, Pete Varney and Sheila Howard, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of dear friends.

He was predeceased by Kenneth Haslam, Daniel Haslam, and Patricia Haslam.

Ron devoted his time and efforts to help the poor and underprivileged in Massachusetts and Peru. In lieu of flowers, to continue in the tradition in bringing happiness to these children during Christmas and the Holiday Season, donations made in Ron's memory will be kindly accepted when mailed to: Gustavo Vara-Billota 51 Charles St. Waltham, MA. 02453

The family would like to extend our most sincere gratitude for the love shown to us during this time of bereavement and for the care and support extended to us by Care Dimension's Hospice of Danvers, Ma. Our loss is great, but God will sustain us. It is comforting to know that we have the support of so many of you. Thank you!

Due to the current spike in Covid-19 and out of genuine concern for the safety of those we love and care about during this difficult time, relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a visitation in accordance with CDC, Federal, State and Local guidelines in The Mary Catherine Chapel of Brasco & Sons Memorial, 773 Moody Street, Waltham, Ma. on Friday December 04, from 6 -7pm with Services beginning at 7pm. Livestreaming will be available at

Obituario de Ronald Dean Haslam
Ronald Dean Haslam "Ron" nació el 22 de abril de 1945 en Boston, Massachusetts. Fue el segundo hijo nacido en la unión de los difuntos Edwin J. Haslam y Eileen P. Collimore.
Ron se graduó del sistema de escuelas públicas de North Quincy y recibió más educación en el Wenworth Institute of Technology. Un tecnico altamente calificado y orgulloso miembro del Boston’s Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 17 de Boston, Ron dedicó su vida profesional a los oficios de construcción trabajando en muchos proyectos de construcción significativos en todo Massachusetts. Después de más de tres décadas, el último trabajo de Ron fue como capataz de construcción en uno de los edificios más controvertidos y arquitectónicamente desafiantes del MIT diseñados por Frank Gehry.

Ron, también amaba viajar, leer, baloncesto, los Patriotas de Nueva Inglaterra y la música country! Poniendo su fe en acción, Ron fue un miembro de larga data de Caballeros de Colón, Pere Marquette Council 271, Boston, donde participó en muchos proyectos de voluntariado destinados a elevar a los niños y las familias en el vecindario de Dorchester. También se desempeñó como Secretario Financiero de la organización durante muchos años.

El compromiso compasivo y el servicio voluntario a los necesitados, en particular a los niños, fueron los temas centrales de la vida de Ron. También fue el centro de la relación amorosa que compartió con su compañero de vida de más de treinta años y esposo, Gustavo Vara-Billota, nativo de Lima, Perú.

Ron estuvo profundamente involucrado con la Comunidad Peruana de Massachusetts (COPEMA) y fue voluntario en el Hospital Shriners for Burns. Durante muchos años, apoyó activamente eventos de caridad para ayudar a niños enfermos que viajaban de Perú a Boston para recibir tratamiento médico. Durante más de treinta años participo en eventos benéficos para recaudar donaciones navideñas para niños peruanos y otros niños desfavorecidos. Le gustaba especialmente interpretar el papel de "Santa Claus".

En 2010, Ron se retiró y se mudó con Gustavo a su Perú natal, donde continuó sus esfuerzos caritativos. Creó un "Haslam Club" para enseñar inglés a jóvenes estudiantes y profesores en Lima. Y cada año alrededor de la Navidad, trabajaba con Gustavo y voluntarios locales para viajar a pequeños pueblos en áreas pobres para llevar regalos, útiles escolares y felicidad a los niños.

Antes de su fallecimiento, Ron y Gustavo estaban en el proceso de adoptar a un niño peruano llamado Juan Carlos Sánchez a quien Ron se refirió como su amado hijo. Sin embargo, antes de que este sueño pudiera realizarse, Ron falleció en su casa pacíficamente en la mañana del domingo 22 de noviembre de 2020.
Quedan para recordar su querida memoria: su devoto esposo Gustavo, sus hermanos, Edwin Haslam, Jennie Ross, Paul Varney, Varney y Sheila Howard, numerosas sobrinas y sobrinos y una serie de queridos amigos.
Fue precedido por Kenneth Haslam, Daniel Haslam y Patricia Haslam.

Ron dedicó su tiempo y sus esfuerzos para ayudar a los pobres y desfavorecidos en Massachusetts y Perú. En lugar de flores, para continuar la tradicion de traer alegria a los ninos peruanos en navidad, donaciones en su memoria serán aceptadas amablemente y pueden ser remitidas a : Gustavo Vara-Billota, 51 Charles Street, Waltham, MA 02453.

La familia desea expresar nuestra más sincera gratitud por el amor que se nos ha mostrado durante este tiempo de duelo y por el cuidado y el apoyo que nos brindo Care Dimension’s Hospice de Danvers, Ma. Nuestra pérdida es grande, pero Dios nos sostendrá. Es reconfortante saber que tenemos el apoyo de muchos de ustedes. ¡Gracias!

Debido al actual aumento en Covid-19 y por genuina preocupación por la seguridad de aquellos que amamos y cuidamos durante este difícil momento, los familiares y amigos son respetuosamente invitados a asistir a una visita de acuerdo con las directrices de los CDC, Federal, Estatal y Local en The Mary Catherine Chapel of Brasco & Sons Memorial, 773 Moody Street, Waltham, Ma. el viernes 04 de diciembre, de 6 a 7pm con Servicios a partir de las 7pm.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, December 4th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, December 4th, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    The Mary Catherine Chapel of Brasco & Sons
    773 Moody Street
    WALTHAM, MA 02453
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  • Service

    Friday, December 4th, 2020 | 7:00pm
    Friday, December 4th, 2020 7:00pm
    The Mary Catherine Chapel of Brasco & Sons
    773 Moody Street
    WALTHAM, MA 02453
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Father Angelo Marrero


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Sheila Howard

Posted at 07:28pm
Rest peacefully Ronnie. Love, Sheila, Jim, Jimmy, Russell and Sheila Jr.

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Posted at 11:35pm
Mi querido amigo Ron tuve la oportunidad de conocerte y tener una bonita y sincera amistad, asistir a muchas reuniones con tu familia Vara y siempre te caracterizaste por tu alegria , tu sonrisa , atenciones y lo mas bello tu humildad los peruanos que te conocimos te agradecemos todo el bien que derramaste en nuestro Peru en cada rinconsito mas pobre alli estabas tu con tu esposo Gustavo dando alegria y regalos a los niños y a los mas necesitados de cariño, siempre te recordaremos viviras en nuestro corazon por siempre hasta pronto amigo Dios te bendiga.mis condolencias a toda la familia .

gustavo Posted at 09:20pm

gracias querida Pera. un abrazo grande desde Boston

Rodrigo Oyanguren

Posted at 06:51pm
Mi mama y toda mi familia te enviamos nuestras mas sentidas condolencias.
Un fuerte abrazo y estamos contigo.
Familia Oyanguren Aguilera

gustavo Posted at 09:21pm

Gracias Rodrigo, Esther y todos en la familia. un abrazo

Amelia Cruz-McDonough

Posted at 01:14pm
Our warmest condolences,
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gustavo Posted at 09:22pm

Thank you Amelia dear friend.

Amelia Cruz

Posted at 01:06pm
Ron made a difference in so many lives in Peru and here. I will miss him and will carry his memories for the rest of my life.

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