Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer and the Babylon Town Board recently declared September 3rd, 2013 “Live Like Ron Day” in the Town of Babylon in honor of the late Ron Dieumegard, a longtime resident who was known for his volunteer work and desire to help others. Dieumegard passed away on July 20th at the age of 75 after a five month battle with cancer. Supervisor Schaffer presented Ron’s friends and family members with a proclamation to recognize Ron’s achievements and community service.
Dieumegard was a lifelong Copiague resident and a graduate of Amityville Memorial High School. He volunteered for over 20 years with several organizations including Camp Adventure on Shelter Island, which is a week-long sleep away camp for children with cancer and their siblings. Ron was also an organizer for the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged, a member of the Long Island Citizens for Community Values and a donor to the Long Island Teens Challenge. Known for his road trips across the country in his RV, Ron would collect clothing to pass out on his journeys. On one trip, Ron encountered a group of Iraq War veterans on motorcycles who were riding to raise money for wounded soldiers and ended up traveling with them for six months to help their cause.
Ron’s friends and family members decided to start “Like Like Ron” to encourage others to embrace the same charitable spirit and goodwill towards others that Ron himself practiced. “Live Like Ron Day” serves to recognize and promote these values within the Town of Babylon. For more information, visit Live Like Ron’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/livelikeron.
Pictured from left to right are Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez, Councilman Tom Donnelly, Town Clerk Carol Quirk, Amy Di Leo, Ron’s son Kevin Dieumegard, Ron’s brother Al Dieumegard, Geoff Bansen, Walter Price, Receiver of Taxes Corinne DiSomma and Supervisor Schaffer.