Ronald L. MacKinnon Sr.


Ronald L. MacKinnon Sr., 92, the former owner and founder of the Whalen Square Café, passed away Sunday, April 5, 2020, at the Evergreen Nursing Home in East Providence. He was the husband of the late Filomena (DelVicario) MacKinnon.

Born in Boston, MA, he was the son of the late Leo and Maude (Hayden) MacKinnon. Ronald was a World War II Navy veteran.

Ronald was the beloved father of Linda L. Maxfield (James), Kenneth P. MacKinnon (Deborah), Gerald F. MacKinnon (Danielle) and the late Ronald L. MacKinnon, Jr. (Leslie); loving grandfather of Lindsay, Aubrie, James, Ronnie, Paul, Ross, Lexi, Kara and Kyle. He is also survived by ten great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Ann Normandin, Beatrice Cook and Frances Howarth.

A private funeral service will be held in the Thomas & Walter Quinn Funeral Chapel, 2435 Warwick Ave., Warwick, at the convenience of the family. Burial with military honors will be in Rhode Island Veterans’ Cemetery, Exeter. Relatives and friends may sign the online guestbook and view Ronald’s service at (


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Don Skuce

Ron MacKinnon was a neighbor on Strawberry Field Road when I was a boy and teenager. He was friendly, kind, and generous. My condolences to his family. RIP Ron, and Godspeed.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020