Vale Ron Smith Oam

Long-serving Castle Hill RSL Director and Naval veteran Ron Smith OAM was farewelled by family and friends at a memorial service at Castle Baptist Church last month (May 20). He was 90.

The much-loved great grandfather was remembered for his community service, his work with veterans, his knowledge of history and his devotion to his wife of 60 years, Marion and their family.

Ron was born and raised in Castle Hill and attended Castle Hill Public School before going to Westmead for his high school education.

His first job was an apprentice electrician with the local council before joining the Royal Australian Navy in 1947 for an initial 12-year engagement in the Electrical Branch, eventually serving for 46 years and retiring as a senior technical instructor.

He was a member of Castle Hill RSL Club for 53 years and a Board member for 46 years.

Ron met his wife Marion at a dance in 1961 and they were married the same year. They have two children, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. They loved walking and played squash together for 35 years.

CHRG President Warren Glenny said: “Ron will be remembered for his sense of service, sense of belonging, sense of history and sense of humour. He most certainly made an impact in whichever room he was present.

“As a long-serving Director, Ron made a significant contribution to the success of the Group and had an even greater impact on the lives of those associated with the Group over the years.”

Ron was a dedicated Life Member of the Castle Hill RSL sub-Branch. He served as a President and Secretary, and held the positions of Pensions and Welfare Officer.

He co-ordinated events for many years including introducing luncheons to recognise veteran service and renew friendships between those that served.

Long-time friend and CHRG Director Rick Cumming said Ron was an inspiring presence: “His contribution to the lives and livelihood of those he talked with, taught and trained is infinite – as was his ability to recall significant dates, milestones and history narratives.

“Ron was also known for his colossal contribution to the community and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for service to Veterans in 2004 – the same year he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal.

“Ron will be remembered for his service to his country and community, however, he will also be remembered as a devoted husband to Marion, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage and two loving children – Rohan and Haylee. Family life was the centre of Ron’s life, with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren bringing him endless joy.

“Ron was a true gentleman, committed to high standards and genuine human connection. Ron was highly respected by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting his acquaintance.”

Ron is survived by his wife Marion, daughter Haylee, son Rohan. grandchildren Luke and Jodie and great grandchildren, Aiden, Ricco and Tui.

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