PORTLAND – Ronnie K. Belanger died Sunday Feb. 5, 2006 at Maine Medical Center. Born in Fort Fairfield, he was the eldest son of Eddie and Maureen Belanger of Eagle Lake, where he grew up on the family potato farm. Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving aboard the USS Boston. Upon discharge, he attended the University of Maine at Fort Kent, earning a bachelor’s of art in history. As did so many of the County’s young people, he moved to Connecticut to work for Pratt and Whitney. Having had enough of that after eight years, he determined to return to Maine and follow in the footsteps of his father, a respected town manager. Ronnie studied at the University of Maine at Orono and received another degree, this time in public administration. His first town management position was in Princeton, in Washington County. Subsequently, he served in Damariscotta, Richmond, Jackman, Clinton and finally Bridgton, his adopted hometown. At the time of his passing, he was in the process of purchasing his first real home since leaving Eagle Lake. Ronnie was known for his frugal stewardship of the taxpayers’ money. He was predeceased by his father, Eddie. Ronnie leaves his wife Nora, of Bridgton; his mother, Maureen of Eagle Lake; brothers, Clayton of Van Buren and Mark of Chazy, N.Y.; a sister, Carol of West Baldwin; and numerous nephews and nieces. The Belangers are particularly grateful to Ronnie’s crew at the Bridgton town office and at the police department for their kindness and caring during Ronnie’s recent hospitalization and to Maine Med’s skilled professionals who tried their best against difficult odds. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at the United Methodist Church, Main Street, Bridgton, with a spring burial in Eagle Lake. Arrangements are under the care of Funeral Alternatives, LLC, 500 Route One, Yarmouth.