Ronald N. Grenier
May 8, 1926 – July 4, 2021
Ronald N. Grenier, of Southington, widower of Theresa Goudreault (Guertin) Grenier, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Sunday, July 4. Ron was the son of Alfred W. Grenier and Zilda Dufresne Grenier, attended St. Mary’s School and Wilby HS in Waterbury before enlisting in the US Navy in 1943, serving until the end of the WWII, and serving again from 1950-1952 during the Korean Conflict. Upon returning from WWII, he was active in veterans affairs, helping to form and serving as Jr. Vice Commander and Commander of the Paul Deschenes Post 166 of The American Legion in 1948 and 1949, when the post organized the first American Legion Junior Baseball team in Waterbury. During his wartime service, Ron served as a typewriter repairman in the Navy, and then was employed for many years locally as a typewriter repairman after both wars. In 1954, he was appointed as a Firefighter for the City of Waterbury, and served until his retirement in 1985, when he was a Captain in the Fire Marshall’s Office. He was also a founding member of the International Association of Firefighters Local 1339 and served as the first secretary.
Ron loved music, and was a member of the Valley Chordsmen Barbershop Singing Society for 32 years, serving as secretary for many years and receiving the honor of “Barbershopper of the Year” on two different occasions. He was also an avid volunteer where he saw the need, serving on the Board of Directors for St. Ann’s School in Waterbury during the last three years that the school was in operation, and receiving, with his wife, Theresa, the Archdiocese of Hartford “HOPE” award for service to the school. After moving to Southington, he served as President of the Board of Directors of Spring Lake Village Condo 5 for many years, and was an active member of this 55+ community. With the move to Southington, he and Theresa became members of St. Dominic’s Church, where he was very active in the parish, serving on the Board of Directors and various committees over the years. His service was not limited to committees and boards; during his almost three decades as an active member of the parish, he became the resident “fix-it” man, volunteering his time almost daily after Mass to fixing, cleaning, moving and organizing. If it needed fixing, Ron could do it. This was a secret that his family already knew, and his St. Dominic family treasured. For his dedication, he was again honored as a recipient of the Archdiocese of Hartford “HOPE” Award in 2013. Whether in his Church life or his everyday life, he was always ready to help, whatever the need.
Along with being a Firefighter, for 48 years he owned, managed and maintained numerous rental properties in Waterbury and Panama City Beach, FL. He was a past member of Kiltonic Post 72 of the American Legion.
Ron leaves his four children: Keith (Sandy) of Torrington; Lynn (Scott Herold) of Southington; Guy, of Southington; Scott (Heather Lass) of Terryville; three grandchildren, Lenore Bruno of Middlebury, Bryan Joyce and Vanessa Joyce of Southington; three great-grandchildren, Livia Bruno and Ava Bruno of Middlebury, and Braydon Joyce of Southington; three Step-children: Lucille (Will) Wotton of Thomaston; Diane Brouillard (Guy) of Plainfield, IN; Louis (Dannette) Guertin of Thomaston, and all of their children – Michelle, Susan, Kim, Renee, Nicole, Christopher, Scott and Brianna; as well as the numerous friends that he has made along the way. His family is very grateful for the care and concern he received from Rosinah, the staff at the Orchards in Southington, and Dr. Ciardella and his staff, Kirsten, Karen and Kim. You all contributed to making his final year comfortable and bearable. His family will be forever grateful.
Calling Hours are Sunday, July 11, 2021, from 2-5 PM at DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 North Main Street, Southington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, July 12 at 1 PM at St. Dominic Church, 1050 Flanders Road, Southington. Please meet directly at church. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Calvary Cemetery on East Main Street, Waterbury. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.dellavecchiasouthington.com
Sunday, July 11, 2021
Mass of Christian Burial
Monday, July 12, 2021
Ronald N. Grenier
July 11, 2021
Scott, Keith, Guy and Lynn.. I was sorry to hear of your Dads passing. I hope his final day’s were free of any pain or suffering. May he rest in peace.
July 9, 2021
Keith, I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. He was a wonderful friend of my Dad and our family for many years. Having been fellow firefighters and band members there were many great memories of back in the days. I hope you and Sandy are well and if you get to Florida look us up. Bob Barrie
July 9, 2021
I am sorry for your loss, I met your dad when he lived in Wolcott on Lyman Road. It was funny how we met, their dog Sandy would get loose and she would make her way to my house. I would return her back to her pen, We would laugh because Sandy managed to steal all my dogs toys and would find them in the pen. I always thought of them after I moved and cherished my talks with them,
I am sorry again for your loss,
Georgann Lawson Sprague