Ronald L. Tomlins passed away surrounded by family in his home after a brief illness on March 14th, 2021. Born August 15th,1937 in Poughkeepsie, NY, he was the son of Kenneth Tomlins and Frieda Just. Ron was a 3-sport letterman for Arlington High School. Also known affectionately as “Tommy,” he was a starting pitcher under famed coach Fritz Jordan. Following high school, Ron was a starting center fielder and lead off hitter for the famed Arlington Grille fastpitch softball championship teams. He was a beloved coach and referee of youth baseball and town of LaGrange basketball. He was best known for having one of the fastest curveballs around, his signature pitch which brought him all the way to being a recruit for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Off the field, Ron was known as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 60-years, Barbara (DeForrest) Tomlins; his children Ronald Tomlins and his wife Laurie (Diamond) Tomlins, and Kelly (Tomlins) Repinz and partner Michael Barker; his grandchildren Melissa (Tomlins) Young and partner Devin Young, Ronald Tomlins, and Rachel Repinz; his ex-son-in-law Adam Repinz; his brother and sister Richard Tomlins, and Gail Kyzer and her husband Doug; and several nieces and nephews.
He was a life-long member of the plumbers and steamfitters union #21. However, he did not remain a plumber for long, as he quickly moved up the ranks within the union through his determination and exceptional leadership skills. He worked for McBride & Co. and C.B. Strain, among others.
His pride and joy was his service to the Marlboro Yacht Club. Acting as commodore from the years 1996-2001, he built the club up from the local “other porch,” to the establishment it is today. One of his proudest moments came towards the end of his service as commodore, as he paid off the club’s mortgage in full using his financial aptitude, leadership and foresighted thinking. In gaining board approval to combine the mortgage and seawall loan, he promised to leave the MYC debt-free - a promise he proudly kept. Several years later, he received the mortgage marked as “paid,” which hung on his living room wall until his passing. Throughout his commodoreship, the MYC was known as the “friendliest place on the river.” You could always find Ron with a welcoming smile and his beloved dog Fala aboard his treasured ship, The Proud Mary.
Ron was a Renaissance man in many ways. As a child, he was a talented actor, artist, and model. He starred in many local productions, and even received offers to audition in Hollywood under his mentors. He was scouted as a childhood model for the historic M. Shwartz & Co. He was even in the Army Reserves, company 3, in Fort Dix, NJ. In his free time, he enjoyed golfing, exercise, and watching his favorite teams, the Mets and the Jets. Throughout all of these eclectic experiences, he was notably known for his quick-witted humor and honest nature.
Ron is predeceased by his parents; his sister Shirley McGrath and husband Edward; and his brother Kenneth F. Tomlins and wife Bertha.
Calling hours are Saturday, March 20th, 10-11 AM with a service to immediately follow, at Wm. G. Miller and Son Funeral Home, 371 Hooker Ave. Poughkeepsie, NY. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, 62 Lagrange Ave. Poughkeepsie, NY. A celebration of Ron’s life will be held during Summer 2021. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hudson Valley Hospice and New Horizons Resources in Ron’s memory.
Due to Covid-19, social distancing and capacity limitations will be followed during all services. Masks that cover both the nose and mouth are strictly required.
The family would like to thank Hudson Valley Hospice, Vassar Brothers Interventional Radiology, Dr. Jacobs, Dr. Rubin and dear friend Tim, for their unconditional support, kindness, and compassion. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at www.wmgmillerfuneralhome.com