How did Ronnie Maceo die? Car crash & Cause of death Explained


How did Ronnie Maceo die? Car crash & Cause of death Explained


Ronnie Maceo, a well-known Galveston store owner, passed away from injuries sustained in an automobile accident, according to his family. Let’s check out Ronnie Maceo cause of death in detail

Ronnie Maceo car crash explained: (Oct – 2022)

According to a relative of one of the injured men, two well-known Galveston businessmen were hurt on Monday when the Jeep they were in was hit at a Broadway crossroads.

Around 6 p.m., Ronald Maceo and Cruz Cortez, owners of Cruz Cortez Clothiers and Maceo Spice and Import Co., were at the intersection of 27th Street and Broadway when Maceo’s Jeep was broadsided, forcing it to roll, according to his daughter Concetta Maceo-Sims.

The other driver was unharmed, and Cortez only sustained minor wounds. However, Maceo sustained neck and back injuries, including broken vertebrae at the top and bottom of his spine, according to Maceo-Sims.

On Tuesday, Maceo was a patient in the Intensive Care Unit at the Jennie Sealy Hospital of the University of Texas Medical Branch. The crash’s police report wasn’t published on Tuesday.

Ronnie Maceo cause of death

Ronnie Maceo, a well-known island businessman, passed away on Sunday after spending over a month in the hospital for injuries sustained in a car accident, according to his family’s social media posts. He was 75.

Maceo came from one of the most important and colorful families on the island, the family who started the well-known Balinese Room.

He has been running Maceo’s Spice & Import Co. for decades, most recently at 2706 Market St., making him a local celebrity in his own right. Since the accident, he had reportedly been in a critical care unit at a hospital, according to the family.

Following Ronnie’s passing, tributes and memories of him were flooded on social media.

Ronnie Maceo’s dearest friend Kimber Fountain: Heartfelt message

“It is pouring down rain in Galveston today, and I know it is because, like me, the Island weeps for the loss of one of its most beloved, boisterous personalities. Yesterday, Ronnie Maceo made his transition into that “undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns,” and I am heartbroken, devastated.

As many of you know, Ronnie and his daughter Concetta are the ones who allowed me to write their family’s history, which I still consider an honor greater than any other I have ever received. But what you might not know is that my respect and admiration for Ronnie go back almost a decade, to when I first moved here and discovered not only the brilliance of his family history, buried beneath decades of misinformation and speculation but also his unparalleled acumen and creativity as a business owner, as well as his rightly earned reputation as an upstanding member of our community.

I continued my admiration from afar for many years and vowed that one day I would be friends with him—not because I had any idea that I would one day write a book or tell his family’s story, but because I just felt instinctive that he was simply one of those people who I wanted to know.

Ronnie, you will be missed and mourned for years to come, possibly forever here in Galveston. There will never be anyone like you. Your smile was infectious, your handshake was at once both easy and heartfelt, and the beloved business, started by your father, which you continued with such love and care and grew into a cornerstone of our community, will always remain as one of the quintessential pieces of Galveston’s identity.

You are the stuff that Legends are made of, and I will forever be grateful that I got to tell the world about you and your family, but not nearly as grateful as I am simply to have known you.

Concetta, my dear friend, please know that I am with you as you mourn, and I will be with you also when this dark cloud passes when we will one day feel it right to celebrate your amazing dad and all the beauty he brought to our lives and our city”



Luke Blackledge wrote,

Lost one of the greatest guys I ever knew. Greatest mentor, role model, and business person I’ve ever met. 7 years ago Mr. Ronnie mentioned… you should think about starting your own business. And when my son Ronnie was born I did, so Mr. Ronnie and Concetta Maceo-Sims let me work for them part-time until business took off, he helped me get contracts, jobs, etc and made a huge difference in my and my kid’s life and future. life would be a lot different without his knowledge and support. And he taught me how to make the best spaghetti gravy in the world. Heaven and God’s army is a little strong with him being there I can tell you that


Who was Ronnie Maceo?


The Maceo family: Rosario, founded the Maceo Spice Company in 1944 

Galveston – The Maceo family has been running the family business for 100 years, and their name is intertwined with the history of the island.

“When I was growing up, everyone on the island wanted to sort of leave the Maceo history and their past in the past. 

Since I am the youngest of all the cousins, they didn’t want me to fully know, according to Concetta Maceo-Sims, owner of the Maceo Spice and Import Company.

Sam Maceo, who oversaw affairs on Galveston Island from the 1920s to the 1950s, is related to Concetta’s family. His activities included gambling, bootlegging, and organized crime. 

“My grandfather was the last of his generation to have any involvement with the Balinese Room. 

Concetta remarked, “So it was like, hush-hush, we didn’t talk about that things.


Ronnie Maceo Contribution to the Maceo Spice Company:

Ronnie, Concetta’s father, is aware though. When visitors ask her about the history of the Maceos, she directs them to Ronnie even though she is well-versed in the spices used in the dish and the setting. 

He is a fountain of information about the island and our ancestry. He’s a talented chef. 

Concetta remarked, “He provides such a cool element to this restaurant that not many places have.

Sam invited Frank, Ronnie’s grandfather, to Galveston to assist with the family business after he had emigrated from Italy to New Orleans in the early 1900s. 

According to Ronnie, his grandfather was born on Bourbon Street, and the family resided with Tony Lavoi at the intersection of Royal and Du Main. 

Ronnie’s great-great uncle, Tony, claims to have created the iconic muffuletta sandwich in the early 1900s, not the well-known New Orleans restaurant Central Grocery, which dates the sandwich’s creation to 1906.

Even though we’ll never be able to be certain, I do know that the Maceos employ a family-recipe olive dressing and bread. But for Ronnie, the most crucial component. He declared, “Maceo made it.”

Ronnie Maceo’s a talented chef:

Father of Ronnie, Rosario, founded the Maceo Spice Company in 1944 after growing weary of selling spices in the 1980s.  When Ronnie claimed Rosario intended to resign, Ronnie started accompanying him to work every day. 

At that point, Ronnie persuaded his father to add the revered family sandwich back to the menu. Our family and our cooking technique have been greatly influenced by Cajun cuisine, according to Concetta. 

“My mother’s recipe is used for the red beans on the menu. We had to add a little bit of anything besides Italian to the gumbo, which is my dad’s recipe. It’s an unusual pairing.

Ronnie’s cooking skills:

The Maceo muffuletta manufacturing process was then made available to me. Ronnie added some olive oil and a blend of Maceo seasoning after first cutting the bread, which was made according to Tony Lavoi’s recipe, into nice, even slices. 

The renowned Maceo olive salad is on the top layer. On top of that are four layers of Geneo salami and polish ham. Ronnie tops the bread with additional olive oil, provolone cheese, and another layer of olive dressing before toasting it with a streamer. 

Ronnie combines the muffuletta with homemade gumbo while the sandwich cooks. A divine aroma is produced by the bread, the olive dressing, and the abundance of melty cheese. 

I frequently visit New Orleans for the muffuletta there, but this one far surpasses it.  The gumbo was outstanding. I had no idea that Texas offered gumbo of this calibre. So stop by Maceo’s Spice Company on Galveston Island if you’re searching for a tasty sandwich or a cup of gumbo. On The Texas Bucket List, it is definitely worth a visit.


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