Ronald "Sweets" Alfred Cargill, an effervescent soul and a steadfast rock to all who knew him, passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at the age of 72. Born in Brooklyn, New York to Mildred Agatha Samuels and Richard Henry Cargill, Sr. on October 20, 1950, Ron was the youngest brother of James "Jimmy" L. Cargill and Richard "Richie" H. Cargill, Jr.
As an extraordinary athlete and an All-American basketball player, Ron, in his youth, brought glory and pride to Erasmus Hall High School as the Captain of their 1968 basketball team. His remarkable prowess led him to Southampton College where his name became synonymous with legendary feats on the court. His love for sports was pure, and remained a significant part of his life, extending from the parquet floors of the gymnasium to the sidelines of his children's games.
Ron's radiant smile and infectious laughter found another stage when he became a beloved teacher. He was more than a teacher to his students; he was a mentor, a coach, and often, a friend and father figure. His ability to connect with students and his tireless dedication to helping them make good choices in life left an indelible mark on countless young lives.
A voracious reader, Ron found solace in the pages of a good book. He was a jazz aficionado who could spend hours lost in the sounds of Jazz 88.3 FM and CD 101.9 FM.
As an avid tennis fan, he enjoyed watching matches on TV and heading to the U.S. Open to take in qualifiers. Known for his spirited trash talk, insatiable competitiveness, and unwavering belief in his own abilities, Ronnie was an indomitable challenger on both the basketball court and the tennis court, and leaves a legacy of laughter, camaraderie, and sportsmanship.
Ron’s most significant role was that of a father to his children: Leonard "Buck" Jenkins, Amber Ronai Cargill (Knight), and Cori Gail Chambers. He found joy in watching the athletic feats of his grandchildren: Elijah and Nailah, and loved being “Pops" to Aydon and Treston, Jr. aka “JuJu”.
In addition to his brothers, children, and grandchildren, he is survived by his sisters-in-law: Roma (Richie) and Marilyn (Jimmy); his niece Ashley; nephews: Darryl and Derrick; his partner Josephine “Jo" Carson who was with him at the end; his ex-wife Robin; and innumerable teammates, friends, and neighbors.
As we remember Ronnie, we celebrate a life well-lived, a soul deeply loved, and a legacy that will be cherished for generations to come. We will forever hold him in our hearts, remembering his love for life, his boisterous laughter, and his dedication to those he held dear. His spirit lives on in the hearts and minds of all who were lucky enough to know him.
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Topic: Ronald A. Cargill
Time: May 20, 2023 04:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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This scholarship will be administered by the Brooklyn United Scholarship Association, a nonprofit awarding scholarships up to $1,000 per academic year to eligible undergraduate students from NYC.
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