Roll of Honor

Ronald W. Hinkle

Ronald W. Hinkle

  • Firefighter
  • Loch Sheldrake Fire Department
  • New York
  • Age: 71
  • Year of Death: 2017

Ronald William Hinkle, of Liberty, New York, died on October 17, 2017, several hours after responding to assist at the scene of a motor vehicle accident.

Born on July 10, 1946, in Brooklyn, New York, he was the son of the late George W. Hinkle and Florence Schlagel.

Ronald proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1963 to 1967 during the Vietnam War. He married the love of his life, Bridget, on July 1, 1965. He worked his way up to district superintendent for the New York City Department of Sanitation.

He volunteered with the Loch Sheldrake Fire Department for 18 years.

He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Elks Club, and Fire Police.

He enjoyed the simple things in life—smoking cigars, eating a hot dog, watching TV, and cooking. Being in the kitchen was a real passion for him; he liked feeding people.

Ronald lived life by his own set of rules, and everyone loved him for it. He had a unique sense of humor and was larger than life. He was there for anyone who needed him.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He was survived by his wife of 52 years, Bridget Hinkle; his children, Brian Hinkle (Jackie), Kenneth Hinkle, Michael Hinkle, and Sharon Depew (Ralph); grandchildren, James, Sarah, Jonathan, Kayla, Kenneth Jr., Jenna, Kassandra, Ashley, Jessica, Ralphie, Hannah, Veronica, Tabitha and Victoria; ten great-grandchildren; his brother, Gary Hinkle; and his canine companions, Corky, Trouble, and Callie. He was predeceased by his grandson, Zachary.

He is deeply missed and fondly remembered.