Ronald Ansin was an esteemed businessman and philanthropist who passed away on June 28, 2023, leaving a gaping hole in Worcester communities around him. Ronald’s causes, organizations he established and changes he brought about will remain for generations after he is gone.
Ronald Ansin was well known for his generous charitable giving. His commitment to improving lives was shown through gifts he made to many organizations and initiatives such as Fenway Health GLAAD Lambda Legal Fitchburg Art Museum Thayer Symphony Orchestra ACLU of Massachusetts; all these groups benefited from Ronald’s generosity.
Successes attributed to his leadership include founding Boys & Girls Clubs of Fitchburg & Leominster, where his efforts touched hundreds of lives through learning and camaraderie. Furthermore, Benway Health, ACLU, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Mapplethorpe Laboratory as well as Benway Health have greatly benefitted from his contributions as have had profound effects on their reach & work.
Ronald Ansin left behind an impactful legacy even after leaving this earthly realm. His life exemplified a staunch dedication to justice, equality and human dignity – his generosity brought joy and hope to many he met along his journey promoting marriage equality – something recognized by Mass Equality with their Icon Award award recognizing him and further solidifying his influence in marriage equality promotion.
Ronald Ansin died due to unknown reasons after an extended illness; details regarding this tragic event were withheld out of respect for his family at such a difficult time. Yet, many were moved by his passing as they remembered all he contributed towards civil rights, human dignity, and LGBT equality causes worldwide.
Ronald Ansin has received much love and appreciation from the community. Boys and Girls Clubs of Fitchburg Leominster and Gardner have extended their gratitude for his dedication in helping youth. They applaud his visionary approach in supporting and empowering young people; his influence has positively altered many young lives.
Ronald Ansin: Family life was at the core of his existence
Born March 28th 1934 in Worcester Massachusetts to Sidney David Ansin and Sophie Ansin, Ronald Ansin lived his childhood years in Athol Massachusetts prior to moving with his family in 1941 when they relocated to Miami Beach for education purposes; yet after moving he decided to return back for further study at home in Massachusetts despite previously living away for some time.
Ronald and Betsey Kander married in 1958 and raised four children together – Kimberley, Ken Barry and Robert. Edmund N. Ansin was Ronald’s brother-in-law as well as an important pillar in his life – an American billionaire himself and co-founder at Sunbeam Television.
Ronald, as an adult, came out courageously as gay later on and found love with Jim Stork. Ronald’s family provided support, love, and understanding through out his life; showing how deeply family bonds run.
Ronald Ansin set an exemplary example by living his life full of love, generosity, and courage – three qualities we should all emulate as individuals. His legacy serves as an encouragement for everyone.