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SUNAPEE — Ronald M. “Bear” Oxland passed away on Nov. 2, 2019, in New London, after a long battle against esophageal and brain cancer. Born in Passaic, New Jersey, on Nov. 28, 1948, to Ronald E. and Eunice (nee Van Der Vliet) Oxland, Ron graduated from Rutherford High School and attended Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. Ron married the former Patricia Mayo in 1973 and together, they made their home in Franklin before settling in Sunapee where they resided for the past 35 years. Ron worked for United Parcel Service for many years where he was best known by his nickname, “Bear.” Well-known for his sense of humor, Ron always made time to joke with his customers and was loved by all of the dogs on his routes, due to his pockets full of dog treats. Upon retirement from UPS in 2006, Ron worked for the Town of Sunapee and fully retired in 2013. Ron enjoyed many hobbies over the years, including riding motorcycles, photography, playing and listening to music, and learning about history, in particular, World War II. Ron could often be found at Rody’s Gun Shop in Newport, sharing his vast knowledge of firearms and demonstrating his talent as a marksman. Ron is survived by his wife of 46 years Patricia Oxland of Sunapee; two children, Corey (Megan) of Sunapee and Karen (Mike) of Goshen; a brother Randy and wife Barbara of Nutley, New Jersey; nieces, nephews, cousins; and his special companion Tucker. Also surviving are his three beloved granddaughters, Alexa, Riley and Jaime, whom all carry on Ron’s love of dogs, his creativity and his sense of humor. Friends may call at the Chadwick Funeral Home located at 235 Main St., New London, on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, from 12:30-2 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Upper Valley Humane Society, 300 Old Route 10, Enfield, NH 03748; or to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.

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