It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Ronald Helbok, of Saugerties, NY, on Thursday, August 26.
Born on September 13, 1938 in Manhattan, NY, he was the son of the late Ernst and Alicia Helbok. Raised in the South Bronx, Ron spent his childhood summers in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, a time he often spoke fondly of. Ron proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1955-1959. He married Eleanor Bendel in 1963 and went on to a career in computer science, retiring from IBM.
Ron enjoyed reading, especially with his (grand)children, gardening, coaching, watching his (grand)children in all they do, and cherished all the time he spent with family.
He is survived by his children Craig (Maria) Helbok, Michelle (Dave) Koller, Melissa (Aaron) Hopmayer, Renee (Stephen) Cone, Jess Fuller; his sister Suzanne (Jim) Suraci-Pellegrini, brother John (Carol) Helbok, brother-in-law Anthony Coscarella; as well as his grandchildren Allora, Sebastian, Gabriel, Oliver, Willow, Harper, Joshua, Erica, Nick, Jenna, Ellery, Declan, Hadley, Gareth, Emerson, Finn; 4 great grandchildren; close family friends Jim and James Huben; and many nieces and nephews.
Ronald is preceded in death by his wife Eleanor and his sister Lorraine Coscarella.
Arrangements entrusted to Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, Inc., 326 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401. For those who wish, contributions in Ron's memory may be made to the Ulster County ASPCA or a charity of your choice. Services will be private.