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‘Big Man’ remembered for his big heart

Ronald Lee Ford, known as “Big Man” to all of his co-workers, died May 5.  He was 44 years old and worked as a kitchen technician at MUSC.
Ronald Lee Ford

Ford was born on May 16, 1964 as the third son of the late John L. Ford Jr. and Vernell G. Ford.  He graduated from Burke High School in 1982 and entered the United States Marine Corps.  During his service, he received the Good Conduct Medal with stars, the National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with one star, Overseas Service Ribbon, Meritorious Mast (four), three letters of appreciation and the Rifle Marksmen badge.
Upon separation from the service, Ford held several jobs over the years.  He most recently became a member of the Dietary Purchasing/Shipping and Receiving Branch of Sodexo Food Services at MUSC.
Ford is survived by his daughter, Dominique Love, grandson, Kaden Rashad Love of Mississippi; his siblings, John L. Ford III, Kenneth V. Ford Sr., Anthony J. Ford and Wanda M. Ford; niece and nephews, Ashley B. Ford, Kenneth V. Ford Jr. and Braxton M. Ford.

His funeral was held May 14 at the W.M. Smith-McNeal Funeral Home.

What Ronald didn’t know was that he was often the very highlight of my day. He was so kind and sincere.  He loved life, people and MUSC. Being around him was uplifting.  I know that he would do anything for anybody if they needed help. It is very rare to meet a soul that shines so bright.  I know a lot of big hearted people, but I have never met anyone that cared so much about making someone else happy quite like Big Man.
—Katy Kuder, Volunteer Services

He was a Sunday morning kind of person. As an ex-marine, his best saying was ‘I’ll see you soon.’
—Walter Goodwin, Dietetic Services
Being an ex-marine, Big Man was very patriotic. Big Man once put on orange tights and a tutu as part of our Halloween show.  Big Man loved to get dressed up and took pride in his appearance.
—Bob Zinko, Dietetic Services
Big Man was always the gentleman and he took care of everybody else first. He touched everyone he ever met and I think I can speak for everyone when I say that the world was a better place for him being in it.
—Jennifer Franks, Dietetic Services

Ronald or “Big Man” as he is affectionately called, routinely brought supplies to our offices in Hospital Administration. He was the most polite, friendly co-worker I’ve ever encountered. No matter where you saw him in the hospital, he  had that smile on his face and asked if there was anything that I needed. MUSC has truly lost one of its brightest shining stars in Big Man.
—Diana Sciarro, Hospital Administration

I will miss his smile.
—Chris Bannister, Registered Dietitian

If you were having a bad day, he would check on you and tell you that it would be all right.
—Cindy Kline, Patient Liaison

His catch phrase was ‘Not right now, I’ll see you soon.’ Big Man was a huge Steelers fan.  People would come down looking and asking for ‘Big Man;’ they had no idea what his real name was. 
—Rodney Washington, Dietetic Services

To Ronald Ford, a sweet person who will be missed. Rest in peace. God Love You.
—Lucille Miles, Dietetic Services

To Ronald Ford, you will be missed.
—William G. Johnson III, Dietetic Services


Friday, May 22, 2009

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