OBITUARY

Ronald M. Smith

April 2, 1945April 6, 2019
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Old Lyme — Ronald M. Smith (BuckShot), 74, of Hillside Rd., died Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital with his family by his side. Mr. Smith was born on April 2, 1945, in New London, the son of Patricia (Brown) and the late Curtis Smith. He was raised by his loving stepfather John McElroy and mother Patricia (Brown) McElroy. He honorably served in the US Army in Vietnam. He married Lisa O’Connell on July 29 1995. He was a longtime, active member of the Niantic Sportsmen’s Club. Returning from Vietnam, he worked at Electric Boat as a welder, then moved on and retired from the State of CT DOT. Ron loved working on anything that had a motor. He loved his family, fishing and hunting and, of course, Nascar Racing, hanging out with his friends, The Shack Friends where he had breakfasted every morning, and fishing season. You always knew where to find him, either in his boat or the gazebo, with his Fishing Buddies, at Four Mile River Marina. Mr. Smith is survived by his loving wife; his sisters, Denise (McElroy) Goucher and Jill (Smith) Hotkowski; brother Dennis Smith; father-in-law Donald O’Connell; several nieces and nephews, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts and uncle, cousin Wayne Smith, and his beloved Dog Simon. Ron was predeceased by his mother; brother C.J. Smith; and mother-in-law Rita Hempstead. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Beckwith Lane, Old Lyme, CT. A visiting hour will be held prior to the service, from 10 to 11 at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme. Please visit www.fultontherouxoldlyme.com for photos, tributes, and directions. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Diabetes Foundation or to a veteran organization of your choice.

Services

  • Calling Hour Saturday, April 13, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, April 13, 2019
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Ronald M. Smith

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Morning breakfast at The Shack!

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The O'Connell / Synder "Texas" Family

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"My big brother" - Deinse (Sister)

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Birthday time at home!

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Love Christmas time with Niece, Taylor, and sister, Denise at the Gouchers!

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"You will always be my big brother" - Denise (Sister)

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Easter 2018 at my childhood home

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Christmas time with my Nieces at their house!

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Our wedding photo! 1995! xoxo

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Our first date!

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Morning breakfast at The Shack!

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The O'Connell / Synder "Texas" Family

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"My big brother" - Deinse (Sister)

FROM THE FAMILY

Birthday time at home!

FROM THE FAMILY

Love Christmas time with Niece, Taylor, and sister, Denise at the Gouchers!

FROM THE FAMILY

"You will always be my big brother" - Denise (Sister)

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Easter 2018 at my childhood home

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Christmas time with my Nieces at their house!

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Our wedding photo! 1995! xoxo

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Our first date!

Biography

Old Lyme — Ronald M. Smith (BuckShot), 74, of Hillside Rd., died Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital with his family by his side.
Mr. Smith was born on April 2, 1945, in New London, the son of Patricia (Brown) and the late Curtis Smith. He was raised by his loving stepfather John McElroy and mother Patricia (Brown) McElroy. He honorably served in the US Army in Vietnam. He married Lisa O’Connell on July 29 1995.
He was a longtime, active member of the Niantic Sportsmen’s Club. Returning from Vietnam, he worked at Electric Boat as a welder, then moved on and retired from the State of CT DOT. Ron loved working on anything that had a motor. He loved his family, fishing and hunting and, of course, Nascar Racing, hanging out with his friends, The Shack Friends where he had breakfasted every morning, and fishing season. You always knew where to find him, either in his boat or the gazebo, with his Fishing Buddies, at Four Mile River Marina.
Mr. Smith is survived by his loving wife; his sisters, Denise (McElroy) Goucher and Jill (Smith) Hotkowski; brother Dennis Smith; father-in-law Donald O’Connell; several nieces and nephews, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts and uncle, cousin Wayne Smith, and his beloved Dog Simon.
Ron was predeceased by his mother; brother C.J. Smith; and mother-in-law Rita Hempstead.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Beckwith Lane, Old Lyme, CT. A visiting hour will be held prior to the service, from 10 to 11 at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme.
Please visit www.fultontherouxoldlyme.com for photos, tributes, and directions. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Diabetes Foundation or to a veteran organization of your choice.