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Accomando, Ronald Raymond

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November 1, 1943 - December 31, 2015

Accomando, Ronald Raymond

Ronald Raymond Accomando was born in NYC, NY to Basil and Irene Accomando on November 1, 1943. He passed away on December 31, 2015.

The Accomando family moved to Dallas and Ron graduated from Bryan Adams (1962), from University of Dallas (B.S. Biology 1966), and University of Houston (M.S. Microbiology 1969).

He worked in a variety of roles in medical technology before making his largest contributions working in Catholic education, teaching for Christ the King Catholic School in Dallas.  He was the principal of St. Joseph Catholic School in Slaton, TX, and the inaugural principal of Thomas More Diocesan Catholic High School in Lubbock, TX.  He returned to Dallas to serve as principal of Good Shepherd in Garland and St. Pius X in Dallas.  Ron spent over 25 years working in Catholic education. He ended his career with a variety of executive positions in Human Resources.

Ron was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Basil and Irene Accomando.  He is survived by his wife, Adda Accomando, and brother, Michael Accomando, by sister-in-law; Annette Accomando.  He is also survived by his son; Eddie Accomando, by daughters; Amy Watson and Irene Thrower, by son-in-law; Scott Thrower, and by four grandchildren; Daniel Watson, Mark Watson, Steven Thrower, and Thomas Thrower.

A memorial Mass and Celebration of his Life will be held on January 18, 2016 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Dallas, TX at 11 a.m. with luncheon to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Ronald Accomando’s name to:
COPD Foundation
3300 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Miami, FL 33134
or online
or by phone 866-316-2673

Arrangements are under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
10116 E. NW Highway
Dallas, Texas 75238

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Jennifer Lokey Henson

January 22, 2016 3:27PM

Mr. A was my teacher way back in the 80s at Thomas More. I am so sorry to hear this news but not in the least surprised to see such an outpouring of love. He was a true leader; a sweet, sweet man; and he really inspired my classmates and me to excel, to care, and to laugh and then laugh some more. I loved him and send all my thoughts to the family now. So very sorry for your loss.

The Watsons

January 18, 2016 9:58PM

We were so lucky to know Ron, and we had such nice times in his company. He was smart, funny, passionate, and interesting, and we will remember him always. Our thoughts are with you, Adda, Amy, and family.

Janice Smith

January 18, 2016 8:21AM

I worked with Ron at Rapp Collins and stayed in touch with him for many years after that. He was a great mentor, friend and boss. I will always cherish the times we had - we really had a great team and I know he loved his family first and his work second. I thank God for allowing me to have his friendship for so many years. Rest in peace my friend!

Bonnie Ciaravino

January 17, 2016 12:14PM

Adda,and family. Ron will be missed by many. He was my boss, my mentor, but most of all my friend.

He had the feistyness of a tiger, but underneath, he was a soft, sweet soul.

He fought off many battles, in both his career and in life. He was devoted to his family.

Rest in peace Ron. We'll see each other on the other side.


The Watson Family at Mountainside, New Jersey

January 16, 2016 11:24AM

Our son, Patrick, could not have had a finer father-in-law! We all have such happy memories of the many good times we have had, visiting with Ron and all the Accomandos, going way back to the time when Pat and Amy were at the University of Dallas. The entire Accomando family is in our prayers at this difficult time.

Leonie, Peter, Rich, Catherine, Cecilia, Mike, Daniel and John

Leslie Lolley

January 15, 2016 2:45PM

My first job in the Dallas-Fort Worth area occurred in 1984 when Ron hired me to teach music at Good Shepherd Catholic School in Garland. Ron was a dynamic principal who unfailingly believed in us as teachers. I will never forget what he once told our faculty: “I will always back you up.” How rare, wonderful, and profound it was to have a leader who believed in us so strongly! Yet that’s just who he was—a dynamic, hugely supportive, very wise, very witty, and very dear principal, friend, husband, and father. I will never forget him. My deepest condolences and prayers to you—Adda, Eddie, Irene, and Amy, and to your spouses and children as well. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace.
Mrs. Leslie Lolley

Leslie Lolley

January 15, 2016 2:12PM

The first job I had in the Dallas-Fort Worth area was being hired to teach music at Good Shepherd Catholic School in Garland. I will never forget the many funny things that Ron said , nor will I ever forget his declaration to us as a faculty: "I will always back you up." How profound, rare, and wonderful it was to work for someone who so strongly believed in us as teachers, knowing we were all there only because of the great love for and education of our students. Ron was very witty; he was also very wise. I will greatly miss him. I cherish my memories of him as our wonderful principal and as a dear and trusted friend, husband , and father . Adda, Eddie, Irene, and Amy--you and your families are all in my prayers. Love, Mrs. Leslie Lolley

Bonnie Ciaravino

January 13, 2016 4:03PM

My deepest condolences to Ron's family. This was the best man I've ever met. Ron loved his family more than anything in the world.

This news breaks my heart.

He was feisty, but underneath that feistyness was the softest, sweetest human being ever.

Ron, although we didn't speak often, you were often in my thoughts. You will be missed by many.


Sandra Cuellar

January 13, 2016 2:51PM

Ronald Accomando was my 7th grade science teacher at Christ the King in Dallas. He taught us a mnemonic for the 1st 18 elements of the Periodic Table. I still remember it to this day. It carried me through high school, college and podiatry school. He was a wonderful teacher. Many prayers are with his family. Sandra Cuellar

Donald Nelson

January 11, 2016 7:17AM

I first met Ronnie Accomando in the fall of 1962 shortly after we both began our freshman year at the University of Dallas. In the spring of 1963, we had The Literary Tradition II taught by Dr Richard Zacha in which we studied,among other things, The Divine Comedy and The Waste Land.After that time we did not have any other classes together but we saw one another frequently on campus and had a large number of mutual friends. The last time I spoke with Ronnie on the phone was in the summer of 1996 after our classmate, Bill Fox, had died.With deepest sympathies to Adda and his family I am, most sincerely,Donald Nelson
Requiescat in Pace

Donald Nelson

January 10, 2016 6:41PM

I first met Ronnie early in my freshman year at the University of Dallas in the fall of 1962.In the spring of 1963, we had English Literary Tradition together and we studied The Divine Comedy and The Waste Land. Later we were frequently in contact up to and including our graduation from UD in the spring of 1966.

Pat Shotland

January 10, 2016 2:02PM

Dear Adda and family,
Ron was a very special person in my life as a principal, role model and educator. He brought out the best in his staff by trusting us to do our jobs the best way possible. I count him as one of the most influential people in my life. I appreciated what he did for Catholic education and for my family. He will be missed.
Pat Shotland

Toni Gehring Little

January 09, 2016 9:05PM

Amy, so sorry to hear about your dad. Prayers.

Jeanne Jakubowski

January 08, 2016 11:08PM

So sorry to read about the death of an old friend. Ron and Bill and I all worked at St. Pius X at the same time. He was always very supportive of our youth ministry program and I know his memory will be cherished by all who knew him. God be with his family and friends as the mourn the death of this honorable man!

Nancy Boeding

January 08, 2016 7:31PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Accomando was very helpful to me when I was working on my teaching certificate, both at Good Shepherd and after he went to St. Pius X. May God be with you at this difficult time.

Katrina Altaffer

January 08, 2016 7:23PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. You were a great principal and will truly be missed!


January 08, 2016 6:03PM

My condolences to you. Prayers and much love.

Amanda Estrello

January 08, 2016 2:51PM

Was honored to have him as a principal at GSS. Sorry for your loss, he left a huge impression on this world.

Patty Senderling

January 08, 2016 9:56AM

Mr. Accomando was the best principal St. Pius X ever had.
He was so wonderful with all the children and he was loved.
My sincere condolences.

David Fritsche and Anne Young Fritsche

January 08, 2016 1:13AM

We send our love and share your sorrow. Also wishing you peace, comfort, and rest.

David and Anne Fritsche

January 08, 2016 1:00AM

Adda, Eddie, Irene, Amy - we send our
love and deepest wishes for your peace and comfort.

Angela Bardis

January 07, 2016 3:58PM

Eddie, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.

Anita Apple

January 07, 2016 2:51PM

This sad news breaks my heart. Ronnie was one of my closest and dearest friends in both high school and college. Some of my best memories of those times involved time spent with him. I will never forget him.

Elisabeth Rogers

January 07, 2016 10:42AM

Ron was a mentor and a friend. I knew I could rely on him for sound and Godly advice. His positive outlook is one of the things that I learned and is one of the things I still rely on. I will miss him greatly.

Lisa (Cohenour) Fullerton

January 07, 2016 8:28AM

My thoughts are with all of you at this time. I remember Mr. Accomando as our principal at Good Shepherd for a couple years and always admired his daughter, Amy, or her intelligence and smile. Prayers to you all.


January 07, 2016 7:01AM

Adda, I am so sorry for your loss of Ronnie. I know he was a great friend to you as well as a dedicated husband. You and your family are in my prayers.

Darris Linder

January 07, 2016 6:37AM

Our prayers go out to Adda and the family. We are saddened by the loss of Ron, but we rejoice in his new life with the LORD.

Martha Fielder

January 06, 2016 10:45PM


My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your father.