WOOLWICH — Ronald Ralph Hicks, 74, of Woolwich peacefully passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2016, surrounded by his family.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and Ralph Hicks of Millbury, Massachusetts, and granddaughter, Courtney Mackie. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Meridith Hicks, who was the love of his life. Ron is also survived by his four children, Aimee Steed and her husband Monte, Andrew and his partner Rod, Matthew and his wife Melissa and Stephen; his five stepchildren, William Doe, Rebecca Doe, David Doe, Bethany Gagnon and her husband Peter, and Justin Mackie and his wife Carrie; a brother, David and his wife Linda; and two sisters: Sheila Gencarelli and Linda Antoku; and fourteen grandchildren, Emma, Kyle, Kelsie, Dylan, Zachary, Lauren, Brianna, Anthony, Madison, Ashlyn, Rylan, Adair, Ian and Valen.

Ron was a Mason and a member of the American Legion. He loved the outdoors, reading, his animals, playing chess, and the Boy Scouts. By the age of 18, Ron had not only earned the Eagle Scout Award, but also achieved the Sea Scout Quartermaster Award, a feat that is rarely accomplished at such a young age. He was also a proud member of the Order of the Arrow. As a young man, Ron served in the Army, attaining the rank of Second Lieutenant. In 2011, he retired from Bath Iron Works, where he worked for 33 years. Other than his family, what Ron loved most, was the time he spent as a volunteer Scouter. It was such a large part of who he was. He completed Wood Badge Training and earned his Wood Badge Beads. He participated as an instructor in a number of specialized adult Scouter training courses in the Pine Tree Council during the 1980’s, donating weekends and weeknights in developing trained leaders, eager to help young men grow in scouting. He was a very learned woodsman, always eager to share his knowledge of wood lore, nature, camping, and thriving in the natural environment. Ron’s dedication helped thousands of young boys in southern Maine become vital, responsible citizens.

A celebration of Ron’s life will be held, Sunday, October 9th at 1:00 p.m. at the American Legion on Congress Avenue in Bath, Maine.