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Updated: 11/27/2013 08:00:06AM

Ronald Arthur Smith

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Ronald Arthur Smith, 78, passed away Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at his residence in Punta Gorda, Fla.

Mr. Smith was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.

He served several years in the U.S. Army, after which he worked as a sergeant in the New York Police Department. Mr. Smith lived in East Islip, N.Y., and was married to Jean Magnani and had two sons.

After a divorce and retiring from the police department, Ronald moved to Florida to pursue his dream of painting, and became a respected member of the Sea Grape Gallery, the Creations Gallery, and the Visual Arts Center of Punta Gorda. His paintings adorn the walls of many commercial buildings and private homes in and around Southwest Florida. In his spare time, Mr. Smith was an avid clam farmer and fisherman.

He is survived by his son, Ronald Eric Smith; and his domestic partner, Mae Olafson. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his son, Stephen Smith; and his brother, Russell Smith of Portsmouth, R.I.

Donations in the name of Ronald Smith may be made to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements are by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory and Cemetery.

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