Somerville/Medford Remembering Ronald A. Aylward Jr.

Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Ronald A. Aylward Jr. on his passing.

Ronald A. Aylward Jr. was a wonderful person as well as friends to many of us here in Somerville where he will be sadly missed.


Ronald A. Aylward Jr., 66, left us peacefully on Sunday Nov. 21st 2021. Born and raised in Lynn, Ron was married to Gail (Natola) Aylward, for more than 45 years. They kept a home in Rowley, MA, where they raised their only son Ronald the Third, (aka Ronzoni). Ron graduated from Lynn English High School Class of 1973 then he went on to graduate from North Shore Community College with a degree in Law. Ron’s favorite things were enjoying family time and relaxing at their lake house in NH, where they had made many friends.

As a young boy Ronny had a love for horses which then became a love for Harley Davidson Motorcycles. Besides motorcycling, he enjoyed building his own bikes, snowmobiling, and boating on Lake Winnipesaukee. He was the main supporter of the Aylward Motors Racing Team, snowmobile and motorcycle drag racing. If you ever got to ride with Ronny you were one of the privileged, and if you could keep up with him you were even more respected. Renowned for tearing up the streets wherever he went on his Harley, he could be seen going by you like a flash of lightning with more fringe on him and the bike than you’ve ever seen. Ronny had a terrific personality. He was a man’s man and was the life of the party. Whoever met him was left with a strong impression of his moral character. Ronny was true to his word and always put his family and friends first.

Ron had many achievements in life an ordinary person might only dream of having. He was known throughout the area by many other names; Wolfie, Ronzoni, Chicky, Chick magnet, 4-miles, and RA, just to name a few, “keee-mon.”

Ron commenced a career of truck driving at West Lynn Creamery, and sooner than later went on to start his own company, R&G Trucking, a local & over the road long haul company. From there he became a Teamster (Local 25 formerly Local 379) and was employed at (BSG) Boston Sand & Gravel where he worked on the “Big Dig” project. Years later Ron retired and became a family business owner which he co-managed with his wife and son for the past 17 years.

Survived by; his beloved wife Gail (Natola) Aylward, his son Ronald Aylward, III, his father Ronald Aylward, Sr. and his wife Pat, his sister Rhonda Courtois and her husband Raymond Perkins, sister in-law Karen Natola and her longtime companion Jim Wice, brother in-law Michael Natola, sister in-law Cindy (Natola) Imrie and her husband Tom Imrie, brother in-law Dan Natola and his wife Ruth, step-brother John Lambley, many nieces and nephews, including Renee Courtois and her companion Brian, Joseph Courtois, Jinelle Courtois, Nicholas Robson and Rich Robson, AJ Natola and Danielle Natola, his Aunt Peggy Aylward, great nieces and nephews, many cousins and close friends.

He is also predeceased by his mother Lorraine (Cosco) Aylward, his grandmother Amelia Luciano Rizzo, his nephew Johnny Courtois Jr., his in-laws Ann and Cleve Natola and step-brother Mark Lambley.

Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of life in Ron’s honor on Saturday December 4, 2021 at:
The New Old Oak Bar
74 E. Main Street
Merrimack, MA 01860
From: 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
(No one underage admitted)

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