Ronald G Atkinson, age 81 died early on Monday morning September 20, 2021 at Inspira Hospital in Elmer after a short battle with Cancer.
Ronald was born in Fairton, the son of the late Robert and Pearl Weldon Atkinson, husband of the late Patricia Ann Pompper Atkinson and Father to the late Tonya Atkinson Spindler of Cedarville.
Ron is survived by his Companion and Best friend Ann Nieukirk of Greenwich NJ. Ann and Ron were inseparable for the past ten years traveling as “snow birds” between Greenwich and Punta Gorda Florida. In addition to Ann, Ron is survived by two daughters, Stephanie Atkinson Thery and her husband Steven Thery, of Sewell NJ and Rhonda Atkinson of Alloway NJ; two sisters, Evelyn Armstrong and Debbie Beattie; six grandchildren, Anastacia Riley, Barry Spindler, Steven Spindler, Deena Thery, Brandon Thery and Samuel Isaac Atkinson and three great grandchildren, Robert Riley, Annabella Riley and Adrianna Thery.
Ron graduated from Bridgeton High School in 1958. He worked at Bridgeton Dye and Finishing, the Salem Nuclear Plant and retired as a Corrections Officer, working at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Maurice River NJ. Ron was a kid at heart and stayed extremely active after retirement, playing pool weekly in NJ and in tournaments in Florida, traveling, watching Football and many many hours fishing, and playing Golf his two favorite pastimes. He taught his daughters, his grandsons and his great grandchildren to fish and loved nothing more than to be on the water in a boat casting out a line.
Ron asked his daughters to have a celebration of his life in lieu of a funeral. His Celebration of Life will be held at the First United Methodist Church where he has been a lifetime member, located at 266 E Commerce Street in Bridgeton NJ on Friday, September 24, 2021 at 11am – 12pm with a luncheon to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.