Ronald Sauers

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Born on January 1, 1938

Departed on August 14, 2011

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Fishkill, NY - Ron Sauers, 73, passed away on Sunday, August 14, 2011, after a long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Ron was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1938. His early years in the U.S. Coast Guard reflected a life-long love of the sea.

Ron was a well respected builder and contractor in Montauk, Beacon and New York City. He specialized in the construction of video and sound studios, supervised the construction of Rockefeller’s Greenacre Park in NYC and managed the park for 40 years.

Ron, along with his wife, Ronnie, is well known in the Hudson Valley for his pioneering work in the revitalization of the city of Beacon. His love of architecture and historical buildings, combined with a passion for restoration, has inspired enduring growth in the city.

An expert sailor, Ron’s greatest joys were restoring his magnificent 48’classic ketch, the Free Spirit, and eating lobster!

Ron is survived by his wife of 35 years, Ronnie Beth of Fishkill, his brother Tim Sauers, of Montauk, his daughters, Pam Drumm and Tracy Erb, of Montauk, his granddaughters, Melissa Drumm, Logan and Camille Erb, all of Montauk, his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jane and Ron Soodalter, of Cold Spring, and his nieces, Melora Soodalter of Brooklyn, and Jesse Soodalter, of Providence, RI.

Memorial contributions in Ron’s name to the Wolf Conservation Center, www.nywolf.org or Scenic Hudson, www.scenichudson.org would be much appreciated.

A memorial service for Ron will be held on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at 5:00 at the 'Red Barn' River Center at Scenic Hudson Long Dock Park in Beacon, NY, (for directions see www.scenichudson.org/parks/longdockpark.) Ron’s ashes will be scattered at sea.

You can email a personal condolence to http://www.www.libbyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Libby Funeral Home, Inc. 55 Teller Ave. Beacon, NY.

Date Of Service
09/18/2011 at 5 pm

Location Of Service
Red Barn River Center at Scenic Hudson Long Dock Park, Beacon, NY

Guestbook Entries

  1. Kristen Gallant August 20, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    My deepest condolences to Ron’s family and friends. Ron was my landlord for three years when I lived in Beacon. No matter what the problem was, Ron would come over personally to fix it without hesitation. He worked very hard; he and his wife made great changes to the city. He was a very, very kind man. He will be deeply missed. May he rest in peace.

  2. Benny Galarza August 21, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    My condolences to the family.He was a real nice guy and kind.He will be missed in beacon.

  3. George Schuler & Jamie Lo August 21, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    We were sad to learn of Ron’s passing. Our deepest condolences. Ron was such an active and engaging spirit and we will both miss his presence.

  4. Andrea Purcell August 21, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    My deepest sympathy to Ronnie and your family. I was so sorry to read of Ron’s passing. Blessings to all. RIP Ron.

  5. Craig Wolf August 22, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Ronnie and family, I am saddened to hear of your loss. Please take comfort in the legacy that Ron left with all his work, wit and wisdom, for his hand has made a huge beneficial difference in the way Beacon has evolved to find a new future. He was the angel who rushed in where others feared to tread and who found opportunity where most saw no hope. A spirit and an example like his provides inspiration and goes a long way. We’re still going. And we can still draw upon our fond memories of Ron when we need a renewal of inspiration.

  6. Kundi Clark August 22, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    He was a visionary! A deeply warm and kind man, his smile was amazing. He will be missed….Those we have loved and lost are no longer where they once were, they are now wherever we are.

  7. Sally LeDioyt (Fox Ridge) August 22, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Ronnie, my sincerest condolences to you and your family. I worked with Ron while he served on the Board at Fox Ridge, and also ran into him often while working on his boat down at White’s Marina. He will always be remembered as a warm and kind hearted man who touched the hearts of many. It was such an honor to know him.

  8. diane holmes August 22, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    I want to express my deepest sympathy to you Ronnie as you grieve your wonderful husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time in your life.

  9. BARBARA LYONS August 22, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    DEAR RONNIE
    I WAS SHOCKED TO READ ABOUT RON’S DEATH. I AM SO VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. I KNOW YOU WILL GREATLY MISS HIM. AS HE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM IN BEACON. HE CERTAINLY HELPED TURN BEACON AROUND THERE IS NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT.I JUST WANT YOU KNOW THAT MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS WILL BE WITH YOU.
    ALWAYS BARBARA

  10. Tracy Sauers Erb August 22, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    My Father- my inspiration for adventure….words cannot say the emptiness and pain of your passing.I LOVE YOU DAD..xxoo

  11. Tim Dexter August 23, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Ronnie Beth and family…. So Sorry for your loss! loosing Ron was not only a loss for you but the entire City of Beacon.The effects of your combined efforts to revitilize the City of Beacon are monumental and will be felt for many years to come. We will all miss Ron and his easy going personality. I can honestly say I never heard anyone say a bad word about him and your loss is a loss for the City of Beacon as well. Ron was a true gentlemen and one of the few owners/builders/developers that I could trust. I often used Ron as a sounding board for local issues as I knew I could trust I would receive his honest opinion- whether I liked it or not. Time after time would be developers would come into my office and drop Rons name as they knew he had full access to our office. I would follow up with a call or visit to Ron to find out if he was involved with a project or not hoping he was involved as I knew that project would be another great one for the City.Ron had tremendous vision and his enthusiasm was contagious.I’m sure you will all miss Ron and I hope you will take some comfort in knowing we will miss hin as well.
    Tim

  12. Catherine Michelin August 24, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    My sympathies to you and your family during this sad time.

  13. Barbara Schubert August 27, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    I have known Ron since he was 18 because my father married his mother about that time. Ron was already an adult out on his own. He accepted advice from my dad and made splendid use of it. If Dad were here he would kvel about Ron’s accomplishments. As for me, the step-sister, my heart aches. Like all of us, I never got enough of Ron. I feel deep sympathy for Ronnie Beth, his family and friends.
    Barbara Schubert

  14. Dianna Snediker September 7, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    I met Ron this past year, as the RN administering his chemo in the oncologist’s office. I deeply wish we were able to help him win his fight against cancer. He never complained, despite often excrutiating pain, and always kept his wonderful, dry sense of humor. As a Beacon resident, I was honored to meet this amazing visionary, who has been so instrumental in the revitalization of this incredible community. And, even in the too short time that I knew Ron and Ronnie, the strength of their love was immediately obvious. Ronnie and family, you are in my prayers. I think of you and Ron often, as I drive around Beacon. I am blessed to have met you both and to have had the opportunity to do whatever I could to guide and comfort you and Ron through such a difficult time. God bless. I will always have a special place in my heart for Ron and Ronnie.

  15. Frank Ritter September 18, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Sauers Ron

    Although I did not know him well I respected him greatly.
    He was a soft spoken gentleman who had a lot to say and people did listen. He and his wife Ronnie helped bring about a renaissance to Beacon in which we all appreciate.

    He will certainly be missed. We will always remember how much one person can accomplish through perseverance and vision.
    Frank Ritter

  16. Kathleen Cooley September 20, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    I was so sad to hear this news. It has been a honor and a pleasure to have known Ron Sauers. Living in Beacon for 22 years first as a newbie, now as a local, I have watched the Sauers together create a true sense of warmth and vitality on Main Street in our lovely Hudson River town. Ron provided the initial lift to the entire Main Street experience in the city of Beacon and in doing this work from his heart, he paved the way for so many other visionaries who have since joined the Beacon community. Ron was a kind and honorable man. I remember when he had his office next to my gallery on Main St. and how my little stray puppy “Baci” fell in love with him every time he came in to say hi. Always a good sign of a person’s character. I am so sorry Ronnie and family.

  17. Rick Ahlgren October 16, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

    So sorry to hear this news. Ron was a great guy, and between him and Ronnie Beth, I think Beacon’s renaissance might never have taken place. Between their combined enthusiasm, and his skills as a master carpenter, they gave Beacon the jump start it needed.

    Every time I read an article crediting DIA:Beacon with Beacon’s resurgence, I am compelled to write a letter crediting Ron & Ronnie with planting the first seed.

    He will be sorely missed. My condolences to Ronnie and the rest of their family.

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