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Ronald Smetanick

January 9, 1942 — April 17, 2021

Rainbow Lake resident, Ronald “Ron” John Smetanick, died peacefully in his beloved home on April 17, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Ron is survived by his wife, Corinne Smetanick; four children, sons Patrick and wife Lisa, Billy and wife Cindy, John and wife Laura, and daughter Michelle; nine grandchildren Peter, John E., Ian, Raymond, Lucas, Abigail, Max, Ren, and Delaney; step grandchildren Kevin, Chase, Blake; Angela, Buddy, Brian, and Jake; six step great-grandchildren; a brother Denny; a sister Joyce; and many loving brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Ron was the first child born to John and Irene Smetanick on January 9, 1942 in Tarentum, Pennsylvania. He graduated from New Kensington High School in 1959 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Clarion College (University) in 1963. He married his college sweetheart in 1963, and with his wife, raised four children while establishing his career in Montgomery County Public Schools as a science teacher. He quickly advanced to the position of the head of the science department at Thomas S. Wootton High School where he led, for twenty-five years, a respected and accomplished team of science teachers. Always positive, fearless, and forward thinking he continued to encourage the best out of everyone, developing a well renowned science program that continues to thrive today. Ron achieved a Masters of Education from the University of Maryland and continued his love of learning through the completion of many advanced science courses building his craft of teaching and deepening his discipline of science. He trained teachers; developed STEM programs; wrote curriculum; participated in the development of partnerships with organizations such as NIH and NIST while working as an adjunct professor of biology for many years at Montgomery College. His love for teaching; passion for science; and respect for students and colleagues combined with his gentle yet strong leadership inspired so many lives! Ron retired from MCPS in 1993 and worked for the next six years leading and building the science department of a respected private school

Ron’s greatest interest was people! He showed genuine interest in others’ lives and he spent most of his time building and maintaining lifelong relationships with friends and family members through simple phone calls and common hobbies such as fishing, woodworking, gardening, beekeeping, photography, reading, bird watching, hiking, canoeing, camping and some traveling. The legacy of this great man also includes Scoutmaster of Troop 433 and Coach of the Green Machine soccer team. He fell in love with the Adirondacks on the many High Adventure trips with his scout troop. Purchasing their dream home in 1996, Ron and Corinne moved permanently to Rainbow Lake in 2000 and became a loved addition to the community. Together, they built a loving and welcoming respite for friends and family filled with love, laughter and joy! Ron loved to boat his guests around Rainbow Lake and enjoyed teaching everyone about the ecosystem and local history. He was a fount of information and continued to teach anyone who was curious about their world. We have lost a great one! A loving husband, a great father, an amazing Dzedu, a caring brother, brother-in-law, and uncle, a faithful friend and a forever teacher.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, 20 Church Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983. There will be no calling hours. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, April 24th at 11:00 AM at Church of the Assumption in Gabriels, NY with the Reverend Martin Cline officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Wounded Warriors Project in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home. Family and friends can also share their condolences, share memories and sign the on-line guest book at
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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Church of the Assumption

New York 86, Gabriels, NY 12939

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