October 27, 1959 March 31, 2022
Thursday, June 29, 2023—11:00AM
Owens Funeral Home Chapel
216 Lenox Avenue, New York, New York 10027
Reverend Lance Mann—Officiating Professor Anthony Evans—Organist
Mount Rest Cemetery
Butler, New Jersey
Ronald J. Stone, affectionately known as Ronnie or Ron, was born on November 1, 1959 in New York City. He was the second child born to Shirley and Joseph Stone, both natives of North Carolina.
After High School, Ronald obtained an Associate’s Degree from the Borough of Manhattan Community College. After college, Ronald was employed in the department of security at LaGuardia Airport and then at the World Trade Center. It was by the grace of God, that his employment ended there only months before the historical disaster took place. He then went on to pursue his life’s passion as a freelance artist, drawing things as you would see in Marvel Comics.
Ronald never married or had children of his own, but he was a phenomenal uncle to his nephew. Ron loved going to St Mary's Episcopal Church and joining in with the activities that took place there. He really enjoyed the camaraderie with the other participants. He made some good friends there.
Ron had a very laid-back, quiet, kind and friendly personality. He also had a very strong passion for organizations such as the NAACP and Black lives Matters. He was extremely politically aware and in these areas, he was high-spirited and opinionated. To engage in a conversation with him on these topics…you’d definitely have your hands full.
He regularly visited the Schomburg Museum of Harlem as well as ‘The Africa Center’, formerly known as the Museum for African Art, located down on 110th street and Fifth Avenue. He also enjoyed participating in The annual Museum Mile event.
He was an avid reader of Black and African history as well as Native American History, and was a constant listener to Black Talk and Black Culture Radio.
Since childhood, Ron was a major fan of Spider-Man and Marvel Comics. He also loved practically all things Science Fiction as long as it was well produced. He was very detail oriented about…The Art and The Story. He was also a very playful and fun loving person, so he was always down for a good game of D&D, chess, or even a fun Monopoly game. Being born on November 1st, he really loved Halloween, and would occasionally costume-up in his self-created wizard costume and go join-in on the fun at the parade. He’d get a lot of attention because it was a great looking costume with a hand-crafted glowing staff that was as tall as he was.
Due to life’s circumstances, Ron ended up moving in with his sister Deborah. It was a difficult transition in the beginning, but turned out to be an absolute God send. They both had medical issues and were there to help each other through. Ron was an extremely dependable, caring, and supportive brother who very patiently helped his sister through her challenges.
They both enjoyed watching television and spent lots of time in long conversations laughing and talking. They ended up with the best relationship that they’d ever had with each other. It was beyond being sister and brother…they became best friends.
Ronald touched many lives and will be sorely missed. He leaves to mourn his passing; his loving sister Deborah Stone; his adoring nephew James Stone; two grand nieces Tasaria Stone Clarke and Amaya Stone; and one grand nephew Jaxsen Stone; one grant aunt and a host of cousins, and friends.