Fiore, Ronald Angelo

Ronald Angelo Fiore, 8/24/1950- 8/15/2022

Ronny was a popular Parma Heights star athlete and model student until he was diagnosed with a debilitating mental illness his sophomore year at Valley Forge.  At his core, Ron was a gentle giant, with the biggest heart and best intentions. His caring curiosity brought boundless questions and compliments to everyone he met. A Cleveland man to the end, Ron could recite all stats without hesitation, whether basketball, baseball, football, or golf. Working at his family’s downtown delicatessen, The Sportsman, was a particular point of pride and furthered his lifelong enthusiasm of Cleveland teams. “Big R” to friends and family truly embodied the phrase from his favorite band, The Beatles: “All You Need is Love”.

May his generous heart and soul rest in eternal peace in the company of his deceased parents, Dorothy and Leonard Sr., and brother Lenny. Ron is survived by his three sisters, Angie (Dr. Robert) Dornauer, Judy Fiore (Lance Palshook) and Pam (Jeff) Brown, and their children, Matthew (Alexandria & Maddie) & Mark (Sara), Natalie, and Clayton & Aubree.

He will be forever missed. The Fiore family thanks all the dedicated and compassionate nurses, social workers, and staff involved in his care the last 20 years.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the local National Alliance for the Mentally Ill,

There will be a Celebration of Life Thursday, September 25 from  12:oo pm – 2:00 pm at the Brew Garden, 18590 Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights.

Please share any memories of Ron in the comments below.



Posted in Obituaries.


  1. Farewell Big R, my big brother. I will miss our outings in Cleveland: going to the movies, eating at The Clubhouse, Bob Evans, Olive Garden, Red Lobster and McDonalds, and attending Guardian games. I doubt I’ll ever bribe anyone else with a trip to Disney in order to get their hip replaced. I carry you in my smiles and talks with strangers. You were an amazing man, for all you battled: a genius, perfectionist, and head-to-be. Thank you for teaching me to be more open and patient. Jeff, Clay and Aubree say hi. I can hear you asking me how they’re doing. It’s a sweet sound. God willing, you’re smoking your “perfectionist pipe” up there in heaven. We love you.

  2. The obituary says it really well. Ron truly was a gentle giant who wrestled with demons that none of us can really comprehend. Yet he often did it with a smile and concern over how everyone else was doing. I’ll miss talking about the latest Browns and Cavs news over the phone or over his favorite beverage, a cold O’Douhl’s beer. Rest in peace, Big R. We love ya.

  3. Ron was such a loving family member of my husband, Matt’s (Ron’s eldest nephew), and I am so grateful for the time I was able to spend with him over these past 10+ years I’ve known him. We’d fly in from Chicago as much as we could to take him out for lunch and a movie. We also made it to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with him once, which was a real highlight. Last summer, he met our daughter, Maddie, for the first time – we spent the afternoon at a local park eating burgers and then we all saw the movie, “In the Heights” (not typically a movie you’d take a 20-month old to but we all had the best time). We saw him again this past May, and despite being in a state of suffering, he completely lit up when we arrived. Will always treasure the time we had with him. He was gentle, kind, funny, wicked smart – I’m very proud to be able to always call him family. Rest In Peace, Ron.

  4. I still remember growing up next door to Ron and his family. Ron would come over just to say hi and play basketball with us kids. He would be bowling at Parma Town Lanes and he would give me some tips to improve.

    Gayle Nagy (Koran)

  5. Dear Pammy and family,

    I send you all my heartfelt sympathy.

    I am one of the lucky ones, growing up in our idyllic neighborhood with the Fiore´s. As one of Pam´s “besties” I had many interaction with Ron….sleepover´s, family vacations and the like, but what stands out most in my mind ? Ron´s gentle spirit and the fact that our families totally accepted him and his disability, never worried or concerned that we spent so much time at the Fiore´s. He was very special indeed !

    On a lighter note, I loved that Ron would come to my family´s pizza store to pick up a pizza and he always called my dad Mr. Toniann
    Rest in perfect peace Ron, heaven was waiting for you !


  6. I have known Ronald almost my entire life. I will always remember the many times I spent with him at his home on Stoney Creek for many holidays, his sisters wedding and Universal Studios with Pam who loved him dearly and never stopped sharing her life with him. Ronald is a mystery with his mind so full of thoughts that would take you to the most amazing places. I will continue to think of him often. When I think of my life long friend Pam he is and will always be part of those memories. It has been an honor knowing Ronald and he will be missed.
    Sally Daley

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