Ronald Alan Pecina
February 4, 1947 - May 16, 2022

Ron Pecina, 75, of Carolina Shores, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 16, 2022 at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC after a long and courageous battle with Leukemia.

He hailed from Garwood New Jersey and attended Clark High School where he became an outstanding athlete and excelled in football and track. He still holds the record from 1965 for the 110/100M Hurdles. He graduated from Arthur L. Johnson High School (ALJ) in 1965. After graduation, he attended Missouri Valley College in Marshall, MO on a full Track Scholarship. He liked to share his story about the track meet he had with Graceland College in Iowa, in which he ran the 440 hurdles and on this day stole the show by beating out Bruce Jenner. He also participated in
college football and after he graduated he played professional football with Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada for a brief period. He soon became a Educator of Physical Education and Health and worked with the Newark School system for 32 years. He was most proud of his wife, Ellen and his two children Ron Pecina, Jr. and Amy Pecina Walski and his grandson, Jack. Ron also enjoyed coaching high school football and was active with Westfield High School in Westfield New Jersey where he resided with his family for 34 years. He coached at his alma mater ALJ and at Elizabeth High in Elizabeth New Jersey. He loved sports and was instrumental in sending many high school football players to college to further their education. He also enjoyed being a high school Officiator of basketball and was a member of International Association of Approved Basketball Officials Inc. (IAABO) Board 33. He volunteered in Westfield NJ with his son and daughter for their sports both football and soccer. Ron and his wife relocated to Carolina Shores NC in 2006. After he retired he loved spending time with his ALJ classmates and coaches at biannual reunions in Clark New Jersey where they would honor ALJ graduates with scholarships. He enjoyed volunteering in Carolina Shores and was always ready to help a neighbor. He never met
a stranger.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen, his son Ron Jr and wife Marisa, his daughter, Amy Walski, her husband, Harry and grandson Jack.

There will be a Celebration of Life at the Calabash Covenant Presbyterian Church on June 26, 2022 followed with the family receiving friends at the Carolina Shores Golf Clubhouse.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at


  • Michaele (Mikey) Kordilla Bucci Posted May 22, 2022 9:23 pm

    Please accept my sincere condolences .. I knew Ronnie since grammar school in Garwood. Last I saw him was at our 50th reunion.

  • Donna Casey Posted May 27, 2022 12:41 pm

    A beautiful remembrance of your loving husband, Ellen. Ron was an exceptional man, and will be missed by all who knew him. Blessings to you, my dear friend!

  • Susan Alevas Posted May 27, 2022 1:10 pm

    Deepest sympathy.

  • Susan Schou Posted May 27, 2022 3:57 pm

    Ellen, though we just met you and Ron 2 years ago, we immediately clicked. Ron was the kindest, bravest man. Never complained through all he’s been through. You know we are here for you in your grief. He will be greatly missed.

  • Jane and Richard Boyle Posted May 28, 2022 8:30 am

    A beautiful tribute to Ron. Hold onto all the wonderful memories you made together over 52 years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • TerryMcLane Posted May 28, 2022 10:23 am

    My sincere condolence to Ellen,RonJr and Amy at this difficult time.

  • Paula Pirrello Posted May 28, 2022 11:57 am

    Ellen my heart is so heavy for you. Such a beautiful tribute to a special man. Ron was not just a gentleman he was a gentle man. And even after 52 years of a beautiful partnership it was clear how much you loved, supported and enjoyed each other. Love and prayers go out to you and your family. Paula Pirrello

  • Art Shanosky Posted June 1, 2022 6:24 pm

    With sadness we learned of the passing of our long time friend and neighbor. We will forever cherish the memory of our years on Dorian together, when we were all young. With love, bon voyage bro. Art, Mark and Samantha6

  • Cindi Caputo Posted June 26, 2022 3:27 pm

    So many memories so many good times -you will never be forgotten

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