Ronnie Kaplan Smith
January 24, 1946 – March 12, 2018
Born in the Bronx in 1946, Ronnie Kaplan Smith, made Stamford her home for over half a century. She met her husband, George, while both worked for House O' Weenies in Queens and were soon married with the vow of "AMLAML - All my love All my life".
Ronnie opened Camera Wholesalers of Stamford, one of the largest camera stores on the East Coast, in 1976 and ran the establishment for 40 years before retiring. She never refused a donation request and strongly supported local children's and homeless causes. Ronnie was an avid reader. When she wasn't at the store, you'd rarely find her nose outside the pages of a novel. Although she was quiet, Ronnie sang with the award winning Yankee Maids and wasn't timid about embarking on travel adventures having been to dozens of countries in every continent except Antarctica.
Most of all, Ronnie was always there with a kind word and helping hand for her friends and family. She will be greatly missed and always be loved.
Ronnie is survived by her son Jason, his wife Thea and the family dogs Blaze, Indiana Bones, and Easkka
- Graveside Friday, March 16, 2018
Ronnie Kaplan Smith
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March 22, 2018
I will always remember Ronnie as a class act, through and through. Through the lessons and the laughs, I was better for having known her and I will remember her always.
March 17, 2018
I was sorry to learn of Ronnies' passing. I worked for her and husband George for over twenty years at Camera Wholesalers. We had many good times together at the store. Ronnie was thoughtful when my second son Peter was born. She gave a baby gift which was a portable bed for him to nap in. When I brought him in the store for the first time, Ronnie held him and remarked that it had been a while since she held a small baby. She set up a weekend away for my wife and I for our tenth anniversary. Camera Wholesalers was a family run business and it did feel like family. To Jason and Thea my Thoughts and Prayers.
March 15, 2018
I first met Ronnie when she joined the Yankee Maid Chorus. She sang lead and so did I. I got to know her even better when she joined the book club several of us from the chorus belonged to. We always had a wonderful time when it was her turn to host the club. She was a warm and caring person and I am so said to hear of her passing.