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Ronald (Ron) Harvey Smith

SMITH, Ronald (Ron) Harvey - It is with sadness that we announce the sudden and peaceful passing of Ronald (Ron) Harvey Smith at the Durham Hospital on November 28, 2018. Ron was born to Walter and Opal (nee Purcell) Smith on June 4, 1929 in Brighton, Ontario. One of nine children, Ron is survived by his loving daughter Catherine Lawton, son-in-law Robert Lawton and his sister Honey Hartley, as well as several nieces and nephews. Ron married Sarah Elaine Crombie in 1951. He enlisted in the army in 1949 and was posted to several locations abroad and in Canada throughout his career, including a peace keeping mission in Egypt. After he retired from the army in 1973, he and Elaine moved from Ottawa to Durham, Ontario. Ron worked at the Durham Furniture Factory, for several years, until he retired for the second time. Ron was a dedicated Royal Canadian Legion member for decades and he held offices from Treasurer to President over the years. He enjoyed the camaraderie of the Legion members in Durham, as well as wonderful social and charitable events, many of which indulged his love of dancing. A memorial service will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 308 in Durham on February 17, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Branch 308 of the Royal Canadian Legion or to Serenity Assisted Living in Durham, where Ron resided very happily, for the last two years of his life.13323948
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