Officer Ronald J. Alpers

May 12th, 2013

Officer Ronald J. Alpers, Retired Medford Police Patrolman of 39 years, age 68, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on May 11, 2013.  Ronald was the beloved husband of Lisa (Zorzan) Alpers, devoted father of Maria Henehan & her husband Paul of Arlington, Jacqueline Alpers of Tavernier, FL, Ronald “Butch” Alpers, Jr. & his wife Ellen of Melrose, and David Alpers & his wife Keri of Fayetteville, NC, loving “Grampy” of Patrick, Casey, Dylan, Matthew, Jack, Samantha, Nolan, and Phinneas, cherished son of the late Harry and Margaret (Coleman) Alpers, dear brother of Paul T. Alpers, Richard Alpers & his wife Cheryl and Mary Mello & her late husband Robert, all of Medford, John Alpers & his wife Sue of Londonderry, NH, loving uncle of Michael, Michelle, Kylie, Ricky, Louise, Derek, Brooke, Jared and several great nieces and nephews, Special Godfather of Marc, Alyssa, Amy and Amanda.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, May 15th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 14th from 3-8 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Ronald’s name may be made to the Mass General Hospital Cancer Center, Yawkey Center, Suite 7E, Boston, MA 02114. Ronald was a U.S. Army Veteran during the Vietnam War.


36 Entries in Guest Book for “Officer Ronald J. Alpers”

  1. Julie and Chris Pozzi says:

    We would like to express our most sincere condolences to you and your family. I will always remember your Dad’s kind smile, it is something you both have in common. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May you find peace and strength through this most difficult time.

  2. Bob Seville says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the Alpers family during this time. Butch’s dad – Mr. Alpers was a good man with a kind heart. I can remember him at the countless hockey games and practices, and especially in the summers up at Newfound Lake. He will always be in our memory.
    The Sevilles (Bob, Maria, Dylan, Lily and Bryce)

  3. Sue Bernard says:

    Dear Lisa,

    My sincere condolences to you and your family. Please know that I am thinking of you and sending you all my love and support during this difficult time.
    Sue Bernard

  4. Stacie Murphy says:

    Butch, Dave & the entire Alpers Family;

    I know that no words can help ease the pain and loss that you are feeling right now. You are in my every prayer and thought. I will miss your Dad’s smile and kind spirit around Wilmington. If there is anything I can do, I am here for all of you. <3

  5. Freddy says:

    My sincere condolences to you and your family

  6. Joyce Vecchiarelli says:

    Dear Lisa and Family,
    Very sorry to hear about Ronnie’s passing. What a great family man, husband, father, grandfather. How fortunate the City of Medord was to have him serving and protecting their community. He will be greatly missed. Your faith will help you through this sorrowful time. God Bless You.



  7. Elaine Moreau says:

    Dear Lisa,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  8. Rasmussen's says:

    Dear Alpers Family,
    We were very saddened to hear of your loss. What a great man! Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time.
    Sincerely, Deb, Mark, Erik and Kirsten Rasmussen

  9. April & Arlmont Glass crew says:

    Richie & Paul
    Our thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time.
    May your memories comfort you.

  10. Tracy (Dalton) McCue & Family says:

    Dear Alpers Family,

    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Alpers. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. May you find peace through special memories and happy times together.

    Tracy, David, Tierney and Riley McCue

  11. Michelle Alpers MacLellan says:

    My Uncle Ronnie was a wonderful man, he will be missed by the entire family. Love to you Aunty Lisa and all my cousins in this saddened time.
    Love Michelle

  12. Sam & Marie Concemi says:

    Dear Lisa and Family:
    You are in our hearts and prayers.
    Love you,
    Sam and Marie

  13. Al Coutu says:

    My heartfelt condolences to your family in the loss of my friend & Powerball player over the past few years. We shared stories during lunch on a daily basis with the “group” and he will be missed by all of us ….he was fun to be with. God bless you Ron.

  14. Cheryl Hartshorn says:

    Lisa and family my heart goes out to you! I am so sorry that you have lost the love of your life, You always had a sparkle in your eyes when you spoke of him and I am sure you always will. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love you,

  15. Jim Davis says:

    Lisa, I’m sorry for your loss and my sincerest sympathys to you and your family. Love, Jim

  16. All Care Hospice says:

    We are so sorry for your loss of Ronald. It was our privilege to care for him.
    With deepest sympathy,
    All Care Hospice

  17. Pam Kevorkian DiBella says:

    Dear Alpers Family:

    I was so sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. He was a wonderful guy. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers and hope that you will one day find peace and comfort in the memories you share.


  18. Jane Cosman says:

    Dear Jackie, Butch, Mrs Alpers and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. May all your memories of him bring you peace and happiness and eventually put smiles on your faces.

    Thinking of you all, prayers….
    Love Jane

  19. Matt Hurley says:

    While I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Mr. Ronald Alpers I have known David for several years. On behalf of the Special Investigations Unit of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina I thank you sir for a life of service to your family, country and your community. May the peace of all understanding guide the family on this day and those to come. Our prayers are with you all.

  20. Nick DiNatale says:


    VERY sorry to hear about your Dad. It was great to chat with your parents when their neighborhood walks took them past my house. Very nice people.

  21. Bryan Ferrer says:

    Lisa, We are your neighbors at 40 Swain Rd and express our sorrow. It is always nice to see you walking with Ron and when you both stopped to say hello to me and all of my kids. Please make sure you continue to walk by and stop and if there is anything at all that you need, you know where I live. You have a good family and friends (and neighbors).

  22. jerry moccia says:

    Mrs Alpers: very sorry to learn of your loss. i worked with, listened, liked, and most important trusted him as a good man to be around. peace to your family when you feel the loss.

  23. Lorraine Loring says:

    Dear Lisa,
    I’m so saddened to hear of your husband’s passing. My prayers and deepest sympathy to you and your dear family.

  24. Elena Maffioli (Hazard) says:

    Lisa, Paul, Mary and the entire Alpers family: It’s an awful way to find out of Ronnie’s passing. Just happened to be scanning through the Herald. My heart and prayers go out to all of you for the loss of your husband, brother and my friend (going back as far as the 60’s). I had worked with his mom, Peggy, at LMH. I’m besides myself; as of a year ago I lost my youngest son at 36. All I can quote is: “When someone you love dies-you never get over it. You just slowly learn how to go on without them, but always keeping them tucked safety in your heart”. So sorry for your loss.

  25. Marianne DiGiampaolo says:

    Dear Lisa and family

    So, So Sorry to hear about Ronnie. You have been in my prayers and thoughts and will continue to be there. Such a hard time for all. PLease know that you can call me anytime. Your such a dear friend. take care and my deepest sympathy to all

    love Marianne

  26. Barbara Berg says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your love and memories will continue on and Ron will always be with you in your heart. My condolences to your wonderful family, I have heard so much about them all these years, I feel I know them all. Your faith will help you through this time and know that all that love you (and there are so many) are here for you.

  27. Robyn Lemieux says:

    Lisa- I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know I am thinking and praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

  28. Joe blasetti (asplundh tree) says:

    Butch,sorry to hear about your dad,he was a good man nuff said,thoughts and prayers to the alpers family!…..joe

  29. kyle alpers says:

    dear auntie lisa,

    um sooo sorry about uncle ronnie wish i could be there for u tonight but i can not be…i have been thinking about u and the family … love u guys miss u two!!!! love kyle

  30. Carolyn DiNatale says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Ron. It’s been so nice getting to know you these years as the two of you would walk past our house. You are your family are in our thoughts.

  31. Veronica gounaris says:

    Hi Lisa,
    I am so sorry sweetheart. Rememebr to keep him in ur heart always and know that he loved you so much. He will always be with you. Always My parents are very sorry as well and will keep you in their thoughts and prayers
    Mariyln Paul and Veronica

  32. Jeff and Diane Gangi says:

    Butch and family
    We are so sorry for your loss! May your memories give you much comfort.

    love and hugs
    Jeff and Diane

  33. David and Beverly Fuller says:

    We were so saddened to hear of Ron’s passing and shocked as well. We send our sincere sympathies to such a wonderful family. Be assured you are in our prayers. We hope all your wonderful memories will bring comfort to you all. God Bless.

  34. Lori Wright says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of Mr. Alpers growing up when we would be hanging out with the neighborhood kids in front of your house! May your memories of such a great man bring you some comfort during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  35. Moore Family says:

    We were so sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your father. May memories of happier times together comfort you through this most difficult time.

  36. Jackie Alpers says:

    Love you Dad, thinking of you today and everyday, miss you so much xoxo

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