Friendship — Ronald L. Yattaw, 57, died at his home in Friendship on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, after a brief illness. Ron was born in Rockland on Sept. 22, 1954, and was the eldest of two sons of the late Constance Mink-Yattaw and Llewellyn Yattaw Jr. of Friendship. He was a 1972 graduate of Medomak Valley High School where he was recognized for his high academic achievements. In addition, Ron participated in several sports including basketball, track and baseball, where his baseball team won the state championship in 1970.
Shortly after high school, he volunteered his time to the Waldoboro Little League. For the past 30 years Ron owned and operated his own plumbing and heating business serving Friendship and surrounding areas. Ron was a devoted and skilled master plumber who was always there for his customers in need. His passion in later years was to the Maine Harness Horseman's Association (MHHA) where he owned and raced several successful horses. Recently, he was honored at an award ceremony from the MHHA for achieving 10 first-place finishes during the 2011 season. Ron was a “local character” who was never afraid to speak his mind, and was loved by many.
Ronnie is survived by his two sons, Eric and his wife, Heather, of Portland and Matthew and his longtime girlfriend Brittney Hawthorne of Rockland; brother, Keith Yattaw and his wife, Michelle, of Orlando, Fla.; father, Llewellyn Yattaw Jr. and wife, Cynthia, of Friendship; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
The service will be held 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Friendship United Methodist Church. A reception will immediately follow at the Hahn Community Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friendship Fire Department, P.O. Box 207, Friendship, ME 04547; or American Cancer Society, NE Division, 1 Bowdoin Mill Road, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086.
You are invited to share your condolences with the Yattaw family by visiting their Book of Memories at www.hallfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 949 Main St., Waldoboro.