Ronald G Pinder

October 5, 1938 - March 12, 2015
Ronald G Pinder

PINDER, Ronald Gale

76, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family Thursday, March 12, 2015. He was a loving husband to Janell Pinder, a wonderful father to Pat Pinder and Penny Pinder Metzkes, grandfather to five grandchildren, Patrick Pinder, Garrett Pinder, Paige Pinder, Casey Metzkes and Max Metzkes.

He served as a Medic in the ARMY. He was an inspiring school teacher at Tarpon Springs High School. He enjoyed announcing the TSHS football games where others were exposed to his humorous witty side.

He never lost his appetite for good friends and food, nor his ability to have fun. He appreciated a good handshake and had a solid grip to the end.

A family poem in the spirit of Ron Pinder:

He loved and touched many lives through-out the years

To this he’d say ?shed no tears?

Remember me thinking of the best to times

To this he’d say ?I was a maker of rhymes?

At some point, all things must come to an end

To this he’d say ?I did it well my friends?

Although we are sadly deepened by our loss, we are forever grateful for the times we shared with him.

A Celebration of Life will take place at the Elks Lodge, Tarpon Springs, Florida on April 4th, 2015 from 3:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.


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  • March 16, 2015
    Trish Esposito-Loretto says:
    Mrs. Pinder, Pat and Penny- I'm so so sorry for the loss of your Dad and Husband. Mr. Pinder was such a nice, funny and friendly man. I hadn't seen you all in quite some time, but when I saw him a few years ago, he was just as friendly as he's always been. What a kind spirited person! My sincere sympathy and hugs to all of you.

  • June 07, 2022
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  • June 09, 2015
    Array says:
    He was my favorite teacher. God bless him for keeping us on the right path.

    Rob

  • April 13, 2015
    Ricky Paulk says:
    Dear Aunt Jan, Pat, and Penny ,

    I'm so sorry for the loss of Uncle Ronnie. It was wonderful seeing you all, although unfortunate under the circumstances. I love you all very much!

  • April 06, 2015
    Bob and Diana Moore says:
    Our sincerest condolences to the entire Pinder family. Ron will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with you in this time of need.

  • April 03, 2015
    Roderick Trotti says:
    To the Pinder family. I am sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Pinder. He was a great man, as well as a great mentor to many people through out his life. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

  • April 03, 2015
    Maryhelen Allbritton says:
    Rom was such a great teacher, co-worker and wonderful person! I worked with him at Tarpon Springs High School - he was always so fun and was a very special person on the faculty - loved by all! My sincere sympathy to the family,

  • April 02, 2015
    Cheryl Ross says:
    You were mentor to my son at Tarpon High School and gave him spirit and reason in life which remained with him always. That's what made you a special teacher with so many. You will be remembered for this. RIP and thank you Mr Pinder. (Mother of Matthew Hanville)

  • March 31, 2015
    Julia Glassen says:
    Mr. Pinder was a wonderful man, a great teacher as well as a mentor to many! I remember my days at Tarpon High with him he always did whatever he could to keep kids on the straight and narrow and help them any way he could. He helped me study for upcoming tests and homework many times during my lunch period. He is loved and will be missed by many. His legacy will carry on Go Spongers!

  • March 19, 2015
    Kristy~ says:
    May all your memories bring you strength and comfort through this difficult time. Peace and Love to The Pinder and Metzkes families

  • March 17, 2015
    Richard Latherow says:
    A wonderful teacher and friend.

  • March 14, 2015
    Array says:
    Rest in peace old friend!
    Thoughts and prayers to family
    Sandy & Debbie

  • March 16, 2015
    Eddie & Muriel Simmons says:
    Offering our prayers, and condolences to Janell and the Family. May you find comfort in theses times that try your souls..

  • March 16, 2015
    Marcy Rowe says:
    Keeping all of the Pinder-Metzkes family in our prayers. I am so sorry to hear of his passing, although I didn't know him that well, through his beautiful, sweet & funny daughter Penny, I know he had to be a wonderful man--as the apple never falls far from the tree. I know you'll have many a wonderful and funny memory to cherish and I can only hope it's those loving memories that help ease the pain of his loss. Marcy and Kevin Rowe, Jacksonville, FL

  • March 15, 2015
    Jack Berthy says:
    Right before he died, he said "If you don't come to my funeral, I'm not going yours !"
    53 years of being his brother-in law has been a wonderful and wild ride. A lot of it nobodys business but OURES !I miss him BIG time, but I'm going to miss his a lot more as time goes by.
    Smart as a whip !!!
    Capt.Jack

  • March 15, 2015
    David & Lisa Galliher says:
    Our deepest sympathies to all of the Pinder family. We are praying God's peace to encompass all around all of you. Mr. Pinder touched many lives and will be remembered with love by so many. He was one of the rare teachers that actually cared about his students and took an active interest in their lives. He will be greatly missed.

  • March 15, 2015
    Tim McCormick says:
    Were so sorry for your families loss Jan, Ronnie was a great man, you can just look at Pat and Penny and 5 beautiful grandkids and tell that. We are all better people for having known him, he touched all of our lives one way or the other, and we will never forget him, I toast him with a Rum and Coke.
    Thanks Mr.P for the memories enjoy your bike ride,
    Big Tim

  • March 14, 2015
    Donnie Straight says:
    R.I.P You were a great teacher,mentor and friend always a person to count on to talk you into doing the right things in life.We all have lost a great man you wil be missed by many.

  • March 15, 2015
    Richard abd Cheryl Trotti says:
    To the family, We share many great times. We love you all see you soon. Richard and Cheryl Trotti

  • March 15, 2015
    The Staff of Michels and Lundquist Funeral Home says:
    Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

  • March 14, 2015
    Lynn says:
    Thinking of Pat and family in sympathy & friendship at this time. May the love of those around you, help you through the days ahead. Lynn (Pat's co worker).

  • March 14, 2015
    Array says:
    Rest in peace you had a good life.
    Our thoughts & prayers to family & friends.
    Ron & Lori