Harold "Red" Ransonette

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Harold "Red" Ransonette

Postby Lyn Breaux » Mon Sep 28, 2009 8:27 pm

We lost a great guy on Sunday, September 27, 2009. Whether you knew him as Harold, Red or Jingles the Clown, he was a very good friend.

Red is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Ruby; daughters: Laurie Anderson, Terry Grillo and Bonnie Ransonette; son, Stuart Ransonette; six grandchildren, and the joy of his life his 2 year-old great granddaughter. He is also survived by his brother, Leonard Ransonette.

He has been a well known entertainer in the area for fifty-five years beginning with variety shows in the 1950s with his dear friends Raymond Salazar and Tommy Allen. Eventually, everyone knew Red as his clown character “Jingles The Clown.” Beginning at the age of six, Stuart performed with his dad as “Dingles The Clown” for three years. His children and grandchildren were always proud to say “Jingles” was their father or grandfather.

In the late 1960s, Red worked for McDonald’s on weekends traveling to five states as “Ronald McDonald,” a job he had for fifteen years. As “Ronald McDonald,” he also appeared in the Cotton Bowl Parade in Dallas and the Orange Bowl Parade in Florida.

Red’s words to live by:
“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to
skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “WOW WHAT A RIDE.”

Lyn Breaux
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