The Reverend Ronald T. Englund of Falmouth died at home in Falmouth on Tuesday, November 12. His wife of 66 years, Ruth O. Englund, had died only six days earlier, on November 6. He was 90.
A shared funeral service celebrating their lives will be held tomorrow in Falmouth (details follow).
Mr. Englund was born in Bergenfield, New Jersey, the oldest of three children. He grew up in Belmont and Worcester, the son of a Lutheran minister and bishop, the Reverend Eskil G. Englund and his wife, Eleanor Berquist Englund.
He was a big fan of the old Boston Braves during those years, and sold programs as a teenager at Harvard football games.
He married Ruth Olin in 1953, and they embarked on a life adventure that took them to places like Tanzania, and England. Their last 46 years were spent in London (25 years) and Falmouth (21 years).
Mr. Englund thrived on meeting people, learning about them, and welcoming them into their home.
His interests and passions involved classical music, particularly Bach cantatas (he once worked as a classical music deejay and arranged hundreds of concerts), collecting stamps from around the world, traveling (roughly to 40 countries), the Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics and Crystal Palace F.C. and a drive to write, edit and produce scores of newsletters.
Ordained in 1954, Mr. Englund served various congregations and ministries around the US and the world, including in Jersey City and East Orange, New Jersey, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and London. He also worked as a writer and editor for the World Association for Christian Communication, based in London. During those years he served as a regular judge at one of the major film festivals in Europe.
He attended Upsala College, East Orange, New Jersey and Augustana Theological Seminary in Rock Island, Illinois. He received an additional master’s degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
In addition to his wife and his parents, he was predeceased by two sons, Mark and Philip Englund and a baby girl.
Mr. Englund leaves his children, Jon Englund and his wife, Mary Susan Englund of Arlington, Virginia, and Miriam Englund and her husband, Paul Mathieu, of Freedom, New Hampshire; six grandchildren, Elizabeth and Catherine Englund, Philip and Nathanael Mathieu, and Charlotte and Jonathan Englund. He also leaves two sisters, Enid Erickson and Sigrid Erickson; and other family.
A service celebrating Mr. and Ms. Englund's lives will be held on Saturday, November 16, at 11 AM at Christ Lutheran Church, 485 Brick Kiln Road in Falmouth.
A reception will follow the service at the same location.