Ronald Victor Row, 97

December 4, 2023

Ronald Victor Row, 97, of Lincoln, died peacefully at home November 28, 2023. 

He is survived by his daughters Elizabeth and Mary Gravely (Winston); sons Frank (Deedee) and Gordon (Leslie); ten grandchildren, Heather Williams, Ronnie Row, Robert Jennings Spangle, W. Jacob Spangle, Kelsey Row, Delaney Row, Harrison Gravely, Eva Gravely, Tristan Row and Georgia Row, three great-grandchildren and multiple nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his loving wife of 61 years, Jane (Eager) Row, and his daughter Katherine Victoria Row. 

Ron was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the third son of Victor and Elfreda (Wismer) Row. He graduated from McGill and Harvard Universities and settled in Lincoln, where he and Jane raised five children and two grandchildren. He was a long-time member of St. Anne’s in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, and was a founding member of the Lincoln-Sudbury Civic Orchestra. 

Ron’s life was filled with a love of adventure and the outdoors, which he instilled in all his children.  Family life was studded with camping trips, hiking, winter sports and above all sailing.

Early in life, Ron displayed a keen affinity for mathematics. Prior to attending McGill University, he devoted his summer to learning Calculus. Following his McGill years, he pursued a doctoral degree in physics at Harvard University. 

In addition to playing violin in the Lincoln-Sudbury Civic Orchestra for many years, Ron was also a self-taught pianist. His strong sight-reading allowed him to play nearly anything on the piano on demand. 

A devoted family man and community member, Ron was beloved by a large extended family and many others who knew him. He touched many lives and will be greatly missed but his influence will live on.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours at Dee Funeral Home, 27 Bedford Street, Concord, MA on Thursday, December 14th from 4 to 7pm. A funeral service in celebration of Ron’s life will take place at St. Anne’s in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 147 Concord Road, Lincoln on Friday, December 15th at 11am, followed by a reception in the Parish Hall.  Services will conclude with burial at Lincoln Cemetery.    

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Appalachian Mountain Club ( or St. Anne’s in-the-Fields ( 

Arrangements are entrusted to Dee Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Concord.  To share a remembrance or to offer a condolence in Ron’s online guestbook, please visit