We are deeply saddened to share the news that Ronald Thorne, General Manager at American Moving & Installation Inc. for nearly 10 years, passed suddenly on Monday, April 25th.

An absolute legend in the commercial moving industry, Ron spent over 40 years planning and executing some of the largest commercial moves in Boston, using his extensive knowledge and expertise to guide hundreds of companies through the moving process.

Ron joined the American team in 2013 and quickly became not only a great mentor, but also a wonderful friend to CEO and founder, Kathleen Rowell, who shared, “Ron was a true legacy. Loyal. One of a kind. He will be missed.”

Over the span of his career, Ronnie created long lasting relationships. When news of his passing reached former colleagues and clients, an outpouring of anecdotes, kind words, and tributes were shared. A competitor wrote, “I knew him for approximately 35 years. Always a gentleman, and a credit to your company. He will be missed.” A longtime colleague, who first met Ron in the 90s, shared he was her first introduction to the moving business: “it was such a positive experience I thought I would like to do this kind of work, and the rest is history!’

Ron always said, “You’re either a digger or a farmer” and he could do it all! Described by an associate as “the best salesman ever in our industry,” Ronnie was a treasure trove of knowledge from sales to logistics to warehousing and storage and everything in between. He was an integral part of our moving family and could always be counted on for a joke at staff meetings, a story from back in the day, and sweet treats baked by his dear wife, Patty.

They say, “Once a Marine, always a Marine” and Ron proudly served his country as a Marine. He enjoyed playing cribbage (so much so that it was his password for his computer), chasing leads, and the thrill of going toe to toe with the union. He will be remembered for his service, loyalty, and leaves a lasting impact on our industry.

May you rest in peace, Ron. Until we meet again, Semper Fi.



Friday, May 6, 2022, at 11:30 am

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