Ronald C. “Ron” Talman, 81, longtime Auburn resident, passed away unexpectedly, yet peacefully on Sunday, October 3, 2021 in the comfort of his home, with his loving family by his side.

He leaves his devoted wife of 52 years, Sheila F. (Mercier) Talman; their daughters, Susan (Talman) Meola, of Shrewsbury, Christine (Talman) Hotaling and her husband Jason, of West Boylston, and Cindy (Talman) Tessman and her husband Henry, of Auburn; eight grandchildren: Michael and Philip Meola, of Shrewsbury, Peyton and Rylee Hotaling, of West Boylston, Andrew Hotaling, of Holden, Lexy and Mackenzie Tessman, of Auburn, and Kendra Tessman, of Westfield, IN; a sister, Gail Casey and her husband Daniel, of Safety Harbor, FL; a brother-in-law, Richard Mercier and his wife Patricia, of Auburn; sisters-in-law, Lorraine Hamelin, of Palm Harbor, and Carol Gatto, of Spencer; along with many nieces and nephews. Ron was predeceased by his parents, George Talman, Sr. and Ester (Silvio) Talman; and his brother, George Talman, Jr.

Born in Boston, raised and educated in Auburn, Ron enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January of 1962. He served on the U.S.S. Ranger, and worked as a cook on the ship. Ron was honorably discharged in January of 1965, transferring to the Reserves for another three-year stint. He married the love of his life, Sheila, a year after his discharge from the Reserves. Together, they settled in Worcester, and began their life together, before moving back to Auburn 22 years ago.

Ron worked at Widoff’s Bakery in Worcester for thirty years; his specialties at the bakery were his all-time famous “bulkie rolls” and Challah bread. He also spent ten years working at his home parish of Immaculate Conception Church, where he meticulously kept the church clean, as their custodian. In his retirement, Ron enjoyed working at Crown Bakery in Worcester.

Ron loved his jobs at the bakeries, and also loved to bake at home for his family. He always enjoyed entertaining for friends and family, whether it be Sunday dinners, cookouts, or holidays. He loved trips to St. Pete Beach, FL in March, and Julys spent in Old Orchard Beach, ME every year with family and friends. He was a longtime member of the Auburn Elks, and loved participating in events. Above all else, Ron cherished his grandchildren and adored watching his grandchildren grow up. They were truly his pride and joy.

Ron’s family would like to specially thank the Life Care Center of Auburn, and Always Best Care Senior Services of Worcester.

Flowers are welcome, along with memorial donations in Ron’s name to the Michael J. Foxx Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 (www.michaeljfox.org/donate).

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the Talman family between 9:30 and 10:45 AM on Friday October 8, 2021 at North American Martyrs Church, 8 Wyoma Drive, Auburn. His funeral Mass will follow at 11 AM. Burial will be held privately at a later date.