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GLOUCESTER, MA: Ronald E. LaFlam, 71, of Gloucester, husband of Valentina “Miss Tina” (Bichao) LaFlam, passed away after a valiant battle with cancer, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, Mass., on Friday morning, December 18, 2015. He was born in Gloucester, Mass., on April 6, 1944, the son of the late Minor and Doris (Emerton) LaFlam. Ronald grew up in Gloucester and graduated from Gloucester High School, Class of 1962. He attended North Shore Community College and became a machinist. He worked as a machine shop teacher in the Gloucester School system for 20 years. Ron was also a machinist for Smith Brothers, formerly based in Rockport, Murmack Machine, J&L Welding of Gloucester, Gurnard of Beverly, and Turner & Walima of Essex. He also worked for King Electric as an electrician. Ron and Tina taught ballroom dancing together all over the United States, as well as on many cruise ships. He taught at many national dance conventions, was a past President of Dance Masters, Chapter 5, and a member of Dance Teachers Club of Boston. Ron was an avid Harley motorcycle rider and he loved hunting. Ron had a great sense of humor and will be remembered as a loving husband and friend and will be missed by his many family and friends. He is survived by his wife Tina, whom he was married to for 38 years, and his sons, Timothy Costa, husband of Lynette of Gloucester, David Testaverde, husband of Margaret of Wasilla, Alaska; and daughter, Kimberlee Hopkinson wife of Lee of Cape Neddick, Maine; his sisters, Maureen L. Scola and her husband, Paul, Paula J. Muniz and her late husband, Steve, Beverly Bingley-Pullin and her husband, R.J., Janet M. Sinagra and her husband, Frank, Cyndi Fahey and her husband, Chris, Carol Venetsanakos and her husband, Nick; brothers, Oliver S. LaFlam and his wife, Jackie, and Edward S. LaFlam and his wife, Lisa; and five grandchildren, Crystal Costa, Brittany and Nicholas Hopkinson and Aiden and Anissa Testaverde. He is also survived by his furry four-legged daughter, Cha Cha. He was predeceased by his sister, Sandra Russo.

His visiting hours will be held in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA, on Tuesday, December 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. Family and friends are cordially invited. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, December 23, at 10 a.m.in the Calvary Cemetery, Gloucester. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Ronald E. LaFlam Scholarship Fund, care of Cape Ann Savings Bank, 109 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  December 21, 2015
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