Ronald E. Dolloff

Jan 27, 2016
Ronald Dolloff

Waldoboro — Beloved husband, esteemed father, treasured grandfather and deeply loved great-grandfather Ronald Everett Dolloff, 79, died Jan. 27, 2016, at the Sussman House in Rockport with his extensive and loving family by his side, following a six-month battle with metastatic lung cancer.

Born and raised on a farm in Gray, Dolloff graduated with honors from Pennell Institute in 1954 and proceeded to obtain a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Bates College in 1958. That same year, Dolloff married Lillian Maureen Brown of Gardiner and moved to Waldoboro, where he began his prestigious career in education as a mathematics instructor and department head at Waldoboro High School. In the following years, the couple were blessed with three children. In 1966, Dolloff earned his master's in education from University of Maine Orono.

In 1968, Dolloff moved to the new Medomak Valley High School as assistant principal, assuming the principalship in 1970. As principal he not only focused on the daily operation of the school, but also attended many school functions, from wrestling matches to basketball games to musical productions. An enthusiastic supporter of the arts in education, Dolloff nurtured this department, which eventually flourished under his leadership.

Upon his retirement in 1994 the auditorium of Medomak Valley High School was named in his honor, of which he was extraordinarily proud. He loved and believed in young people; thus, the ripple effect of the influence of his 40 years in education reaches far and wide. The depth of this influence is most clearly seen in his three children, who are all involved in educational careers to this day.

Upon his arrival to Waldoboro, Dolloff immediately became involved in Waldoboro town government. He served as a selectman and assessor, as acting town manager, as a member of the Waldoboro Budget Committee and as chairman of the Waldoboro Democratic Committee. He eventually served as a director for the Waldoboro Bank for 11 years.

Because his parents were avid grangers, Dolloff joined the Deering Juvenile Grange at the age of 5. At the age of 14, he became a member of Gray Grange, where he held numerous offices; eventually, he was elected to the office of State Chaplain, a position of which he was most proud. With his family, Dolloff traveled all over the state of Maine preaching at memorial services and installations. He has held the position of Waldoboro's Meenahga Grange secretary for more than 20 years. As president of the Maine State Grange's Educational Aid Fund, Dolloff enjoyed awarding scholarships to young people for the pursuit of their dreams.

A talented musician who began playing the piano at the age of 5, Dolloff was a pianist for many functions across the state of Maine through grange and church affiliations. He served as a dedicated church organist for more than 50 years, 40 of which were at the Waldoboro United Methodist Church, where he was a member. One of the great loves of his life was his church; he shared his faith with many through both word and song.

He was current chairman of the church's administrative council, current chairman of finance, and had held many other positions over the years. Dolloff conducted numerous cantatas and concerts as longtime director of the church's music program. Known for his unique flair at the piano and organ, he entertained and inspired many, even in the last weeks of his life.

Dolloff is survived by his wife of almost 58 years, Lillian Maureen Dolloff; three children, Debora Dolloff Tanner and her husband, the Rev. Mark Tanner, of Skowhegan, Linda Marie Dolloff Pease and her husband, Alan Pease, of Warren and Dr. Andrew Ronald Dolloff and his wife, Brenda Jean Doucette Dolloff, of Scarborough; 10 grandchildren, Alyson Brown and her partner, Matthew Karlson, Zachary Pease and his partner, Jessica Winchenbach, Kaley Brown, Mariah Dolloff, Caleb Dolloff, James Tanner and his wife, Cortney, Joshua Tanner and his wife, Sarie, Luke Tanner, Megan Hamilton, and Kristen Hamilton; six great-grandchildren, Mariah and Jacoby Tanner, Kaia O'Brien, Machaeli Waltz, Kyli Jones and Lilliana Pease.

He is also survived by his sister, Kathryn Brown, and her husband, Robert, of Herndon, Va.; sister-in-law Cathy Dolloff of Gorham; brother and sister-in-law Wallace and Sharon Brown of Gardiner; as well as many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Maynard and Phyllis Dolloff; his in-laws, Wallace and Geraldine Brown; brother Richard Dolloff; son-in-law Geoffrey Brown; and sister-in-law Winnifred Hathaway.

The family extends deep gratitude to the staff at Penobscot Bay Medical Center and the Sussman House for their excellent and compassionate care over the last seven months.

Visiting hours will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Ronald E. Dolloff Auditorium, Medomak Valley High School, followed by a celebration of life at 2 p.m. A reception will follow in the MVHS cafeteria, hosted by the Skowhegan Federated Church Women's Fellowship and members of the Waldoboro United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ronald E. Dolloff Auditorium Fund, Medomak Valley High School, 320 Manktown Rd., Waldoboro, ME 04572.

Arrangements are with Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, Damariscotta. Condolences and messages for the family may be expressed by visiting:

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Comments (5)
Posted by: Rick Ash | Jan 28, 2016 08:54

The consummate educator. I feel so fortunate to have worked with him.

Posted by: KEITH SIEGEL | Jan 27, 2016 20:18

Mr. Dolloff was so dedicated to the youth that he served.  My deepest condolences to Linda and the rest of his family.


Posted by: Douglas C Libby | Jan 27, 2016 19:52

Ronnie was the epitome of a leader, he lead with grace and love. He was the father figure to a wonderful family of a faculty. He will be missed.

Prayers of comfort for his family.

Posted by: Cindi Campbell | Jan 27, 2016 18:29

You have been a blessing to many..may you now rest in peace with our heavenly Father.  We extend our condolences to the family. Stewart and Cindi (Burns) Campbell & family


Posted by: Patricia P Weaver | Jan 27, 2016 18:05

RIP my friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wonderful family. Blessings and God's peace to you all.

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