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Ronald James Newsome

Born: Sat., May 17, 1947
Died: Wed., Nov. 14, 2012

Memorial Service

4:00 PM Tue., Nov. 20, 2012
Location: Thacker Brothers Scottsville Funeral Home

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Ronald James Newsome

            Ronald James Newsome, 65, of Scottsville, passed away peacefully on November 14, 2012 at his home after a lengthy illness. His devoted wife, Virginia (Ginger) Petrila Newsome was at his bedside when he died.

            Ron was born in Roxborough, Pennsylvania on May 17, 1947 to Francis and Margaret Newsome.  He worked 20 years for Sperry in Bluebell, Pennsylvania and then as a CAD designer “IT” man for Wilson Miller in Naples, Florida.

            Ron was a respected and popular musician in Scottsville and Charlottesville. He was a veteran of the United States Navy; was civic minded and an integral leader organizing James Fest. He also headed up the Cardinal Café in the Victory Hall Theater featuring local, innovative, talented musicians from all over Virginia and the east coast.

            Ron is survived by his wife, Ginger; two stepsons, Joseph and James Petrila and their wives, Alexandra Gardner and Susan Longwell; two grandchildren, Courtney and Joseph Petrila, Jr. as well as two sisters, Nancy Ciccone and her husband, Allen, and sons Kevin and Brian, and Kelly Savini and her sons Tucker and Chase. Ron also leaves his two brothers, Jay Newsome and son Brandon, and Scott Newsome and son Trevor. He also leaves his niece Heather and nephew Jordan Newsome, children of his predeceased brother Robert Newsome.

            A celebration of Ron’s life will be held at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at Thacker Brothers Scottsville Funeral Home. 

Donations toward the purchase of a memorial brick engraved in Ron’s memory to be placed in the Emily Couric Cancer Center Tranquility Garden may be made to the UVA Health Foundation and mailed to the University of Virginia Cancer Program, PO Box 800773, Charlottesville, VA 22908.

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Gary d hudson and Gilda Collins
   Posted Sun November 18, 2012
Hell ginger and family and Ron brothers and sisters
Me and my girlfriend Gilda Collins are truely deeply sorry in the lost of Ron
Ron was gary best friend best brother any one could ask for
He was always smiling when he came to play at the gigs with us
Ron was the finest drummers around he was there always for gary and his band
Cool water express Ron loved to play with gary and his band
He always bragged on Gary''s singing his guitar playing
Ron will be really miissed so bad but hesgone to a better place to join god
And Ron''s wife ginger is a real doll me and Gilda really loved her
So we''re not here on earth for ever but think of the good side
We no he''s not suffering any more Ron ole buddy I will really miss you
Gary hudson and Gilda Collins from Earlysville va

Vernon Fischer
   Posted Sun November 18, 2012
Ginger, Words are inadequate to express the loss that I feel for my friend Ron and the sympathy that I feel for all that you two endured. He was a great musician and band mate with a wonderful sense of timing and humor. He made many folks tap their feet and dance happily to his driving rythm. I will miss him a lot. I hope that the passing of time brings some healing and closure for you. Warmest reguards Vernon Fischer

Cathy Newsome Roberts and family
   Posted Mon November 19, 2012
My deepest sympathy to all of Ronnie''s family and friends. My cousin Ronnie was always fun to be around while we were all growing up. I was fortunate to see him again recently when he played with his band in Pennsylvania. We had not seen each other for quite awhile and he was still the same Ronnie. Funny and friendly and an awesome drum player. It must run in the family as my son plays the drums and his sister Nancy''s son as well. I am so very happy I was able to enjoy that time with him.
May the memories than mean the most to you live forever in your heart!

Love John, Cathy, Justin and Julie Roberts

Debi Stubbs
   Posted Tue November 20, 2012
Ginger and family of Ron, My deepest sympathies to you on losing an extraordinary individual. I always counted on Ron to make us all smile with his humor and his charm on the nights I came out to gigs. Ron's intelligence and wit were always evident and I know the guys in the band were always glad to have him on drums. Ginger, we all know how much Ron loved you, it was always evident when he spoke your name or looked over at you from the behind the drums, and I hope that love will carry you through this time of grieving. You were married to a wonderful man and we will all miss him.

Don & Denise Mangus
   Posted Thu November 29, 2012
Ron was one of the finest drummers and person I ever met and band with while living in SW Florida. He was witty and funny and always smiling while enjoying what he did best. he will be missed by my wife and myself and all the other band members he played with over the years . A true gentleman. Our prayers are with you Ginger and the rest of your family and that we always remember the happy times we had. How in the heck did he ever get all those drums in the back of that corvette I'll never know.

woody ward
   Posted Wed December 05, 2012
Sorry for your loss. Ron and I spent a good bit of time together trying to sell our merch" at my store in Scottsville, as well as getting something together with music. He was a big league player, and I really could not hang. I learned a lot from him. One of the few "Philly boys" in the area. He'll be missed.

Mark Barreres
   Posted Wed August 26, 2015
Ginger and Ron's Family,

I have thought of Ron many times since he loss is life. I am a so sad for your loss. Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life. He that exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.” (John 11:25) The Bible teaches that the dead will live again. While Jesus was on earth, he showed that he is able to resurrect the dead. On one occasion, he resurrected a 12-year-old girl. How did her parents react? They “were beside themselves with great ecstasy.” (Mark 5:42) Under the rule of his Kingdom, the heavenly King Jesus Christ will resurrect untold numbers of people to life here on earth—but under peaceful and righteous conditions. (Acts 24:15; 2 Peter 3:13) Imagine the great ecstasy when the dead come back to life and are reunited with their loved ones!

The Bible says this is what God is going to do: Rev. 21-4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

I hope we are all there to greet him!

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