Ronald Hurst, Jr., 60, of West Warwick, passed away suddenly on February 29, 2020, at home.
Born in Providence, RI, in 1959, Ron showed an early interest and skill for playing the guitar. His musical talent and appreciation were almost boundless. He was proficient in a wide variety of musical styles from rock and roll to classical. Ron was one of the early members of the renowned New England 50s Doo Wop group, Reminisce, and recorded with the band in its early years. He brought much joy to family and friends over the years through his music as well.
In 1977, Ron graduated from Cranston High School West. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1978 and was stationed aboard the USS Caron. In 1982, he was honorably discharged after receiving decorations for his service including the Navy Good Conduct Medal. Not content as a civilian, Ron later enlisted in the Air National Guard and was also mobilized by the US Air Force from 2001-2002. When he retired from the military, he had also been recognized with the Air Force Longevity Service Award and the Rhode Island Service Medal, among other distinctions.
When he was not making music or serving his country, Ron worked with numbers. He was naturally adept at organization and mathematics. He studied accounting and business at the Community College of Rhode Island and worked at the VA Medical Center in Providence in the offices of Laboratory Services. Over the years, he worked as a junior accountant for Rau Fastener and as a payroll technician for the RI Air National Guard. He was also employed as a security guard and protection officer for many years. To say that Ron had a variety of diverse interests and talents is an understatement.
In the last years of his life, Ron had taken up a new hobby, antique watch repair, with the passion that he showed for so many things before. He transformed his apartment into a watchmaker’s workshop and was teaching himself to repair a wide variety of timepieces. This work had clearly become what he lived to do. His attention to detail, his organizational skills and his respect for handmade quality all came together in this new interest. While so many people look for ways to slow down or even stop time, Ron was focused on keeping it going forward into the future.
At different points in his life, Ron served as a caretaker for family and friends. With all his talents and accomplishments, when his family and friends think back on the time they spent with him, what stands out the most are his sense of humor and of course, his music.
Ron was married to his first wife, Linda S. Chmielewski, from 1985 to 1988. From 1991 to 2001, he was married to his second wife, Allison W. Cone and fathered his two children, Winifred A. Hurst and Millicent “Dale” Hurst, both of whom survive him. He was the eldest son of Ronald Hurst, Sr., and Catherine L. (Gautieri) Hurst, both of whom preceded him in death. He is survived by his siblings Randolph, Robert, Reagan and Amy Hurst, all of Rhode Island, and nieces and nephews.
A private viewing and funeral were held on March 4, 2020 at Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home, 331 Smith Street in Providence, Rhode Island.
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