On Wednesday, August 5, 2020, a heart of gold stopped beating. Ronald Joseph Sauma, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, cousin and friend, joined his Heavenly family at the age of 83 after fighting a long, hard battle with Covid-19.
Funeral Mass: 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at St. Peter The Apostle Catholic Church, 1201 S. Cherry Lane, White Settlement, Texas. Visitation: 5-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 11th at Winscott Road Funeral Home, 1001 Winscott Road, Benbrook, 76126. Interment: 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, following his Mass, at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, if you desire, the family respectfully requests donations to the Gary Sinise Foundation, garysinisefoundation.org.
Ron was born on August 2, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York to parents, Rudolpho and Marguerite (Messreni) Sauma (both deceased). Ron served as a Navy Radarman during the Korean War aboard the destroyer, the USS Johnston. Upon returning home, Ron married the love of his life, Marie Moore in 1962 and have shared their lives and dreams together for 58 years.
Ron worked for Miller Brewing Co. for 40 years, starting his career in New York and continuing after moving to Texas. He was proud to be a brewery warehouse supervisor and when he saw someone drinking a beer he’d say, “I hope that’s a Miller beer!”
After retiring from Miller, Ron remained busier than ever. He became a member of 4PAWS, cooked hot dogs for Trash Bash and Lions Club Chili Supper (he believed no one cooked them better), served as Assistant Director of the Benbrook Citizens on Patrol, was a member of the Benbrook Lions Club, a volunteer at the Veteran’s Administration Outpatient Clinic and the Cardiac Rehab Center of Harris Hospital Downtown Fort Worth. Ron was a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award for over 12,000+ hours and continued until Covid-19 struck.
While volunteering with the afore mentioned, Ron also served the people of Benbrook, Texas in Place 7 on the Benbrook City Council from 2001-2019, not as a politician, but as an elected official because, “A politician believes he knows best. An elected official will listen to the people’s needs and make them happen in ways that are best for all of Benbrook’s citizens.”
Ron enjoyed frequent cruises to the Caribbean with Marie, as well as annual family cruises. He relished sitting on the ship balcony gazing out at the sea and up at the stars. Ron also enjoyed watching Westerns in his favorite chair, grinning from ear-to-ear during his granddaughter's dance competitions, and also enjoyed testing his luck in the casinos, and back in the day, hearing the pinging sound of coins dropping into the bin!
Ron’s greatest joy was to be surrounded by his loved ones and family came first, no matter what. He always took great interest in his grandchildren and was always there when they needed him; they were his pride and joy. He was the best father a daughter and son could hope for. He lived his life by his elders’ teachings of love, wisdom, respect, truth, integrity, strength and compassion.
Survivors: He is survived by his loving wife, Marie; daughter, Donna Sauma and husband, Brian Hayden; son, George Sauma; grandchildren, Anthony Sauma and Madelyn Hayden; sister, Darlene Kalil; and loving cousins and Benbrook friends.
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