Obituary for Ronald Porter Sage

By Lene Caracas-Apuntar | | Feb 4, 2019

Ronald Porter Sage (Ron) 76 years old recently of Leesburg, FL and originally from North Adams, MA/Readsboro, VT, passed away on Monday, January 28, 2019 at home with Hospice and his loved ones by his side. Ron was born in Wilmington, VT on March 20, 1942 to Wallace and Mary Thelma Sage. He left school to join the Marine Corps in 1959, serving for 4 years. Ron traveled the Pacific Ocean on the USS John Kennedy to the Phillipines, Thailand, and Japan, and later served the rest of his term in Quantico, VA. He was instrumental working with the United Paper Makers Union to establish a union for the workers of Deerfield Glassine of Monroe Bridge, MA. Ron also worked as an assistant Union Representative in serving other Mills with union business. He always believed in a fair representation for the employees against management. Ron loved working with children, too. During the 1980’s, when he and his wife raised their 4 children in Readsboro, VT, Ron turned part of their home into an arcade for the children in town because the nearest arcade was 20 miles away. This gave the kids a place to go and be off of the streets. He also served as a Boy Scout leader whom enjoyed working with the boys. At this time, Ron was also a member of the Bennington County Sheriff Department. Ron was an active member of the American Legion Post 125 of North Adams in his later years. He served two terms as District One Commander of Massachusetts and 3 years with the Massachusetts Boys State Committee, as well as a member of the Marine Corp League.

Ron is preceded in death by his son, Michael Leo Sage of North Adams, MA; his parents, Wallace J. and Mary Thelma Sage of Hudson, FL/Wilmington, VT; and his brother, Wallace J. Sage, Jr.  of Roanoke, VA.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 57 years, Barbara J. Sage; his three children and their spouses: Ronald P. Sage, Jr. and his wife, Betsy, of North Adams, MA; Heather J. Sage of Leesburg, FL; Penelope H. Sage and her husband, Robert Lescarbeau; his seven grandchildren: Nicole L. Sage and her partner, Kyle Maselli; Linsey Sage of North Adams, MA; Brittany Sage and her partner, Michael Dever; Courtney Sage and partner, Troy Hartman; Meghan Sage and her partner, Matt Smitth; Jenna Benoni of Nashville, TN; Joseph Benoni and his partner, Alicia Lee of Cheshire, MA; his three great-grandchildren: Emerson Bullet and John P. Maselli of North Adams, MA; and Lincoln P. Denver of Eustis, FL; his five step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandson; his four siblings: Barbara Sparks and her husband, Harold, of Newfane, VT; Reginald Sage and his wife, Heidi, of Hinesville, GA; Randal Sage and his wife, Betty, of Spring Hill, FL; and Gary Sage of Seersburg, VT; as well as special friends, Robert and Isobel Bosley and their family.

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