Lowell, MA — Mr. Robert R. Ralston, 87, formerly of Manchester-by-the-Sea, husband of the late Shirley E. (Read) Hatch-Ralston, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.
Born and raised in Somerville, he was the son of the late Franklin L. and Ursula (Holden) Ralston. He received his education in the Somerville school system and earned his degree in engineering from the Lowell Institute.
An honorably discharged veteran, he served his country during World War II as a member of the United States Navy.
Mr. Ralston was employed as an engineer at Fenwal Electronics in Framingham and consultant at Raytheon until his retirement. He continued his education at the Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge and for 10 years following worked as a drug and alcohol counselor.
A longtime resident of Manchester, he was an active member and former sexton of the First Parish Church in Manchester, a member of both the American Legion Amaral-Bailey Post 113 in Manchester and the Lions Club, and a volunteer at Boot Straps of Beverly and Gloucester. He moved to Lowell, Mass., in January.
He is survived by his daughter, Janice Wells and her husband, John of Saugus; their children, Monica Sullivan and her husband, Paul of Newton, and John R. of Saugus; and two great grandsons, Jack and Patrick Sullivan of Newton. He also leaves two step-daughters, Susan G. Hatch and her husband, Bruce Peterson of Essex, and Tracy Hatch of Sonoma, Calif.; two step-sons, Clinton E. Hatch and his wife, Lucy of Beverly, and James Hatch and his wife, Karen of Manchester-by-the-Sea; and six step-grandchildren, Charles, William, Christopher, Oliver, Simon, and Zan; his former wife, Violet (Mackay) Ralston; his companion and loving friend, Della Nabydoski of Lowell; and many nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Llewellyn, Dorothy, Muriel, and Helen.
ARRANGEMENTS: Memorial services will be held at the First Parish Church, 10 Central St., Manchester-by-the-Sea, Tuesday, April 23, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. Arrangements by Campbell – Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.