Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association
In Memoriam - Summer 2018
Mar 11, 2019

Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of the following OPBA members who have recently passed away Frank Ferrini, Retired Brooklyn; Hershell Whitfield North Randall P.D.; Mark Ratcliff Deputy Fairfield County; Barry Turner, Hancock County S/O

Ronald W. Trifiletti, 70, of Lorain, passed away suddenly at his home Saturday, April 21, 2018. He was born August 24, 1947 in Amherst, to Charles and Frances (nee Preston) Trifiletti and was a 1965 graduate of Lorain High School.

Ronald enlisted with the United States Army on July 15, 1966. While enlisted overseas, he received the Expert (Rifle) National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. He was honorably discharged on December 19, 1969 at the rank of SSG (T).

He began his career in law enforcement in 1970 at the Lorain County Sheriff's Department. He then went on to work at the Lorain U.S. Steel Mill, Toledo Edison Davis-Besse, Sheffield Lake Police Department and the Sheffield Village Police Department from which he retired from at the rank of Lieutenant. Upon his retirement, he went on to work for Lorain Metropolitan Housing. Ronald was a Master Handler and Trainer with Police Canine Service Dogs. He was involved with the writing of the Ohio Canine Certification curriculum. He was also involved with the DARE program and the Just Say No Program. He officially retired from Law Enforcement in 2013. Ron lived and breathed law enforcement to serve and protect.

Ron is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jolynne (nee Pavlich); son, Adam (Jennel) Trifiletti; daughter, Wendy (Robert) Szabados; grandchildren, Robert "Bobby" Szabados, Taya Szabados and Siena Trifiletti; mother, Frances Trifiletti; brothers, Paul (Charlene) Trifiletti and Sam (Shelia) Trifiletti and his sister, Linda (Chuck) Yerico.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Trifiletti, in 2010.


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