Ronald P. Shorton, age 68

of Quincy

Ronald P. Shorton, age 68

Ronald P. Shorton, age 68, of Quincy, formerly of Framingham, died peacefully, Saturday, August 28, 2021, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Ronald was born in Newton, to the late John B. and Eleanor R. (Antonellis) Shorton. Raised and educated in Newton, he was a graduate of Newton North High School, Class of 1971. Ron attended Boston College and earned his Bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C.

He had lived in Quincy for the past three years, prior to that Ron and Gail had enjoyed many years together at their lake house in Maine. They resided in Framingham for twenty-eight years where they raised their children.

Ron chose his career in criminal justice at a young age. He began working for the FBI in Washington, D.C. at the age of twenty-one. His true passion, however, was that of a police officer – “he had it in his blood”. He returned to the northeast to accept a position with the Nashua, N.H. Police Department. He transferred to the Newton Police Department where he served as a detective. Upon his retirement, he held positions at the MetroWest Daily News as a circulation manager, and finally as a senior program services manager at Philips Lifeline.

Ron was an avid coin collector, history buff, and cowboy at heart. His infectious smile and laugh always lit up the room. He lived life to the fullest where every day was a new day, keeping a positive attitude right up until the end. He was a fighter, a warrior, a bright light, and a believer that dreams really do come true. Most of all, Ron was devoted to his family, actively supporting their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved husband of Gail E. (Smith) Shorton. Ron and Gail were together for fifty-two years, having been high school sweethearts, he was a hopeless romantic for the forty-seven years of marriage they shared.

Devoted father of Jacqueline Rae O’Connell and her husband Robert of Quincy, Janelle E. Piselli and her husband Jason of Bellingham, and Ashley E. Laudon and her husband David of Blackstone.

Predeceased by his beloved grandson, Terry J. Shorton. Loving grandfather of Christian A. O’Connell, Analisa G. Piselli, Jason B. Piselli, Jr., James R. Piselli, Brandon T. Laudon, and Isabelle M. Laudon.

Dear brother of John B. Shorton, Jr. and his wife Prudence of Norwood, and the late Terrence L. Shorton.

Ron is also survived by many in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A memorial funeral Mass will be celebrated at Divine Mercy Parish in Sacred Heart Church, 386 Hancock Street, North Quincy, on Wednesday, September 15, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, Ron’s family asks that you consider performing a random act of kindness in his memory.


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  • Condolences to Gail and his daughters. We are saddened of Ron’s passing. He has been a true friend of mine since our FBI days together. I can say that he was a great Man who was loved by all. I will miss him and the laughter he gave me over the years. May you Rest In Peace (RIP) Ron.

  • My Deepest sympathy Gale and all your family. I have known Ronnie most of his life. He was so sweet and kind always. Loved by all. RIP 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 Love Ann and Buddy

  • Dear Gail, Jackie, Janelle and Ashley & their families,

    My deepest sympathy at this very difficult time. Ron was always so pleasant, caring and happy – a good man. I know he loved his family very much. RIP Ron – you will be missed.

    With love and caring,
    Diane (Zamagni)

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I know from Ashley what a great man Ron was. To all of the family please accept my sincere condolences.

  • I so sorry for your loss. I only wish I could have met Ron. Ashley spoke very highly of him. My he Rest In Peace.🙏

  • So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to Gail, Jackie, Janelle, and Ashley. Ron brought smiles to everyone’s faces.. always interested, caring, kind, funny…
    He was always there for the neighborhood, kids and grownups alike… the Shorten door was always open and welcoming..We hold in our hearts many fond memories our families shared!! Richard and Ronnie held many common ties going back to their FBI connections!!! Heaven has gained an angel and he will be smiling down and taking care of you all.
    Much love..

  • Jacqueline and family. I am so very sorry for the loss of your father.

    I ❤️You dearly and there are no words when one loses a parent ar any age.

    However, your Dad knows as does your Mom and family how much help and assistance you provided over these years caring for him and doing anything and all necessary to make it possibly for them to be close to family these last few years. Your parents are so lucky to have such a loving caring daughter and son in law and other family members who loved and cared for him during good, bad. sickness and in health.
    Such comfort in knowing that he is with Terry now. That must make you all find some peace. It is the only thing that makes my ❤️Smile at this very sad time.
    Thinking of your whole family Jack. Prayers and love to all.

    Susan and Hannah Belle 💕

  • After having two girls of my own.I alway wondered why he would let me takes all three of his girls out for the day and take pictures of them when they were all under the age of 14. He worked for the FBI and did a background check on me first. Yes I was the bowling instructor for the girls. I have always treasured his trust in me with his baby girls back then. You have all grown up to be fine women and I know he is proud of you all. He always told me that that was his favorite picture of all his girls. Glad I could give him that.

  • Ron I’m devastated your gone. I loved you and still love you so much!!! I remember all the good times at your home and when you and Gail took me in. Or the night I honked my horn for Bobby to come out and you came out yelling lol I’m so sorry to you all. All of you are in my prayers.😘😘😭😭💔💔💔🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻