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“Dear Judy,Peter and Joyce were saddened to hear of Ron's passing. They send their deepest sympathy. Love and prayers,Lynne Cassinari ”
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“Judy and Family: Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of Ron. He did so much for our daughter Tami when she was at U Lowell. He...Read More »
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“Please accept my deepest sympathy, Ron was a kind and generous colleqgue whi touched many lives. ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: Charlotte Mandell - Lee, NH

“Judy and family,I was saddened to hear of Ron's passing. My heart goes out to you. The town has lost a great conservationist and political activist....Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Mike Knupp - Sarasota, FL

“Judy and family - My heartfelt sympathy at the passing of Ron. ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: Deb Williams - Littleton, MA

“Thank you for your service Rest in peace ”
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“Ron was a very caring professor loved by all his students. Loved and respected by all who worked with him.Sharon Quigley ”
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“Judy, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ron was a gentle, kind and caring soul. Even though I knew him for a short time he touched my life....Read More »
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“What a dear man Ron was. Though we only knew him these past 15 years, he was a delight. So kind-hearted and gentle, he made a point to get to know...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Christine Nordhaus - Littleton, MA

“My Friend Ron, I shall miss your friendship, our breakfasts at Julie's, and your appreciation and devotion to life in Littleton. We never had a dull...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Henry Christle - Littleton, MA

“My heart goes out to Judy and all of Ron's family at this time. ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Sherry Swezey - Littleton, MA

“I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember growing up with amity and riding our horses jay-r and zha-zha at whites barn. Mr Pickett was very supportive...Read More »
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Ronald M. Pickett, a long time resident of Littleton, MA, died peacefully in his sleep February 8, 2016 at his home in Littleton, surrounded by his family. Ron is survived by his wife of 52 years, Judy, his son Ethan Pickett and his wife Etsuko of Northville Michigan and his daughter Amity Saye and her husband Christopher of Tomball, Texas. He is also survived by his grandchildren Aya and Kai Pickett, Nicholas Whitney, and Matthew, Kelsey and Alyshia Saye. Preceded in death by his parents, Alpha and Louisa Pickett and five siblings, Charles, Louise, Herbert, Conrad Pickett and Ruth Ann Holmes.


Ron received his B.A in Philosophy from Dartmouth College, his M.A. and PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Michigan. He worked as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology and an Associate Director of the Behavior Research Laboratory at Antioch College in Ohio. He left for Boston in 1964 to serve as a Research Associate in Experimental Psychology and later as an Assistant Professor of Experimental Psychophysiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. He was a Senior Scientist in the Information Sciences Division at Bolt, Beranek & Newman, Inc., and later became a Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell until his retirement.


He served as a 2nd Lt. in the Army during the Korean War from June 1955 until his discharge in January 1957.


He will be remembered for his kind heart, his passion for news and politics and his love of family and friends. He never met a chocolate dessert that he did not like.   He loved to drive and drove a taxi in Detroit during his graduate years. He continued his driving adventures taking trips to Kimball’s for early breakfast with his friends or to Kennebunkport to walk the beaches with his dog Max. He loved hiking in the White Mountains in New Hampshire, the Fitzpatrick Wilderness area in Wyoming, Oak Hill and his daily walk through Prouty Woods to Long Lake in Littleton.   Most of all he loved visiting his children and his six exceptional grandchildren.


A Memorial service and celebration of his life will be held on August 6th at 2:00 PM at First Unitarian Church, Littleton, MA. For further information please check this link .


Donations may be made in Ron’s name to the Littleton Conservation Trust, P. O. Box 594, Littleton, MA 01460.