Ronald J. Mead, 69, of the town of Florida, NY, passed away Saturday, June 14, 2014, unexpectedly due to a construction accident with his sons by his side.
Born on May 9, 1945, a son of James M. and Jean Kimball Mead of Mead Road in the town of Florida, NY. Ron attended the former Yankee Hill School One Room School House until merging with the Amsterdam School District. He graduated in 1963 from the former Wilbur H. Lynch High School. He went on to attend Ricker College in Maine for one year until transferring to the University of Georgia. After one semester at Georgia, Ron decided to pursue a degree in agriculture so he transferred to SUNY Cobleskill, where he graduated with an associate's degree in animal husbandry.
After graduating, Ron worked for Agway in Mohawk as an assistant manager and later transferred to the Amsterdam Agway on the south side. In 1972 Ron joined his father to work on the family farm and in 1974 formed a partnership now called Floridale Farms. Slowly they increased the herd and built a state of the art Dairy Barn in 1979.
Ron was active in many organizations over the years: Young Farmers, Masonic Lodge, Farm Bureau, served as president of the board of directors for Farm Credit, the Florida Reformed Church and the town of Florida Snowmobile Club.
He was elected town of Florida supervisor in 1994 where he served for seven years and enjoyed the fact he was making an impact in the area he lived and raised his family. In this capacity, he chaired and sat on many committees. Following his run as town supervisor, Ron was appointed to a position with the New York State Division of AG & Markets, where he currently worked on a part-time basis.
Ron married the former Barbara K. Butt on April 21, 1968. They made their home on Mudge Hollow Road, just across a four- acre field from the family farm. They later resided at the farm after renovating his grandparent's home.
Survivors include his father, the Honorable James Mead of the town of Florida; Ron's beloved wife, Barbara K. Mead of the town of Florida; two cherished sons, Brian (Laurie) Mead of Amsterdam, Eric (Sandy) Mead of Amsterdam; loving grandchildren, Emily, Cole, Madison, Kylee and Katie Mead; niece, Kara Lais; nephew, Kristopher (Christina) Lais; and their two children, Makenah and Mason; dear aunts, Marion Betz of Amsterdam and Eleanor Mead of Vestal, NY; mother-in-law, Katherine Butt of West Burne, NY. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Ron was predeceased by his mother, Jean Mead; a sister, Connie; father-in-law, William Butt; brother-in-law, Rich Lais.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, NY, with the Rev. William Faulkner presiding. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Amsterdam. The family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Northeastern New York Chapter, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205 or to the Crohn's Colitis Foundation of America, Upstate Northeastern New York Chapter, 103 Patroon Drive, Guilderland, NY 12084. Please sign the family guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.