Ronald Eugene Withee Emerton died at PenBay Medical Center in Rockport on Nov. 27, 2018, after a long illness.

Ronnie was born to Carlene and Earl D. Withee Jr. in Rockland on March 24, 1963, and adopted by Whitney and Effijean Emerton of Islesboro. A 1981 graduate of Islesboro Central School, he was active in scouting, played on the basketball team, played in the school band and worked on the yearbook.

Ronnie attended Region 8 Vocational School in Rockland and plumbing school. He worked for Zlotkowski Plumbing and in construction. He served in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Sill, Okla., and was a member of Islesboro Masonic Lodge 89.

Predeceased by his adoptive parents and his good friend Bruce Leach of Islesboro, he leaves behind his best friend, Fred Porter of Islesboro, who loved him like a brother.

Services will be in the spring at Gray Cemetery in Islesboro. Donations may be made to Fraternal Lodge 89, P.O. Box 274, Islesboro, ME 04848, toward the purchase of a headstone. Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home, Belfast.