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Ronald A. Friend, Sr

Funeral Service: 12 Noon p.m., Friday, May 21, 2021

Location: Weymouth Funeral Home

This life’s journey for Ronald A. Friend, Sr. ended on December 24, 2020 in Newport News, Virginia. Twelve years ago, the person he held in highest regard, his mother, passed on the same day.


A man of strong family values who looked beyond the surface of everyone he met, he displayed a cool diplomatic demeanor and recognized quality in every person. He treasured his time with friends and family while always offering a joke that would fill him with infectious laughter. 


Born in Petersburg, VA to Mary Friend-Shields and Thomas Friend, Sr. The family later moved to Newport News, Virginia and he graduated from Carver High School in 1968. He was born a natural artist and looked forward to his time spent with classmates over the years.


He was an expert in the automotive industry for over 50 years. He was often recognized for his impeccable work ethic and desire to create ease for others. He retired from the parts department of Casey Chevrolet in 2012 after a fulfilling career.


He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Friend, Sr; his mother, Mary Friend-Shields; his infant sister, Marquita Friend; his brothers, Thomas Friend, Jr and Kevin Friend; his first wife, Ida Friend-Graves; his sisters-in-law, Carolyn Friend, Loretta Manson, Jean (Cork) Christensen and Donna Granville and his nieces, Terri Trausch and Jaylynn Friend.


Ronnie is survived by his wife and partner of over 40 years, Jody Friend;  his son Ronald (Sherrie) Friend, Jr and his daughter Robin Friend; grandchildren, Allen Friend, Britney Friend, Kaila Friend, Jalyn Friend, Jorden Piggott, Hunter Knight, Justin Miranda, Trinity Friend and Havier Knight; great-grandchildren, Ne’Vaeh Friend, Allen “AJ” Friend, Luna Miranda, and Paris Friend; his nieces, Peggy Christensen, Lori (Dan) Stevens, Marla Granville, Eureka Perkins, Taleisha Friend, Taneha (Charles) Carter, Kevara Parker, Quanita (Maurice) Reaves, Kenyona Nash; his nephews, Tycho Granville, Antoine “Tony” Manson, Delharty Manson, and Kenny “Lukey” Manson. He was affectionately known as “Pop” to his extended children including Valarie (Wendy) Knight, Jennifer Agnew, Derrick Robbins, and Collin and Cory McDowell. He is also survived by a host of great nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, former coworkers, & many others whose lives he touched. 


He also leaves his four lifelong friends to cherish his memory; Willie Boone, Michael Deloatch, Sr., Bobby Knox, and Terry Cason, Sr.


Ronnie adored his family. He was present for the birth of each of his grandchildren. His moments of peace were often spent fishing in the Chesapeake Bay and teaching all of his children and grandchildren to do the same. He prided himself in being active with the children as a coach and never wanted to miss one of his grandchildren’s many sporting events. If anything was broken, you called Pop. He could fix it! Pop found pleasure in landscaping his yard and upgrading his home — you’d never find the house the same. He was a die hard Philadelphia Eagles fan and loved the Virginia Cavaliers and Nebraska Cornhuskers. He was a man of many traditions surrounding family and his favorite was Christmas Eve. The day was always set for a large family gathering as the soulful tunes of The Temptations Christmas album played in the background. This tradition will continue on with his loving memory every year.


The best compliment to receive in life is to be a good, kind, & generous person. And he was. Ronnie was one man in this world, but to his family he meant the world. 


Due to COVID-19 restrictions at the time of Ronnie’s passing, services will be held at 12 Noon on May 21, 2021 at Weymouth Funeral Home located at 12746 Nettles Drive, Newport News, VA 23606. Contributions in memory of Ronald Friend, Sr. may be sent to The Multiple Sclerosis Society or The Riverside Health System Foundation.


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#4 Guest 2021-05-20 16:17
Ronnie always brightened my world! Will miss your smile
#3 Cason Family 2021-05-19 20:03
One of The Best Friends Anyone Can Have We Love You Rest In Peace
#2 AnnieMae Brooks 2021-05-17 22:50
Sorry to hear about the loss of Ronnie you and your family have my condolences
#1 faye moore 2021-05-17 22:27
Sorry to hear of your lost.

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