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Ronnie "Ron" WILBURN
December 29, 2023


Ronnie "Ron" Wilburn passed away December 29, 2023 after a short illness. Ronnie was born February 8, 1959 at Boston City Hospital to the late Charles and Jimmy Clyde (Murray) Wilburn, the last of their four sons.

Ron attended Boston English High. While still in high school he worked as an attendant at Metropolitan State, and then started his career as an anesthesia technician at Mass. Eye and Ear, BIDMC, and finally Shriners. He met his wife at one of his early jobs. At a party that year he demonstrated his love of babies by retrieving one from a back room, "Look what I found”! His wife-to-be hissed: "Put that back!!" He did; it was fine. They married in 1988 and he was blessed with a baby of his own, Ron, Jr. the following year.

Ronnie was kind, curious, smart, funny, and outgoing, qualities that endeared him to a stunning number of others. It was impossible to go anywhere with him without some unknown person exclaiming, "Ron! What are you doing here?" It was like living with an underground celebrity, annoying but adorable. He was sweet, loving and infinitely patient. He drank and smoked too much, habits that took him away far too early. If everyone could emulate his good habits and avoid the bad ones the world would be even more wonderful than it is.

Ronnie is survived by his wife of 35 years, Judith (Lefavour) Wilburn and son Ron Wilburn Jr, as well as brothers Ullyses Wilburn and Floyd Wilburn. He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Charles. He also leaves his sister-in-law Diane Wilburn, niece Lacasha Wilburn, her mother Cheryl Wilburn, many cousins, aunts, uncles, friends, and his bulldog Rosie.

Visiting hours will be held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home 210 Winthrop St. Winthrop, on Thursday, January 4, from 4-8PM. Funeral service and interment will be private. Relatives and friends are invited. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hale Barnard Services 273 Clarendon St. Boston, MA. 02116, or to the charity of your choice.

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Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home
210 Winthrop Street
Winthrop, MA 02152