1930 – 2017
Woodstock – Ronald N. Syriac, 86, of Brickyard Rd, died Wednesday afternoon, January 4, 2017, at home surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of Annelle (Tracy) Syriac. Born in Southbridge, MA, he was the son of the late Nelson and Florina (Robidoux) Syriac. Ronald was a graduate of the Woodstock Academy with the class of 1949 and was a veteran of the United States Army serving as a paratrooper during the Korean War; he received the Connecticut Wartime Service Medal on Saturday, July 26, 2008 from Representative Mike Alberts.
On January 8, 1983 at the family homestead he was united in marriage to the former Annelle (Tracy) Roush.
Mr. Syriac worked as a farmer on his own property as well as a supervisor at the Mansfield Training School.
He was a member of The American Legion Benson-Flugel Post 111 in Woodstock; a former Boy Scout Troop Leader at the Mansfield Training School; communicant at both the former Sacred Heart Church in Southbridge and the Church of the Good Shepard in West Woodstock.
He enjoyed horses, playing horse shoes, chess, canoeing, playing hockey, shooting pool, collecting guns, and was an avid motorcycle rider.
Ronald is survived by his wife of thirty-three years Annelle Syriac; four sons Scott Syriac and his wife Christine of Bethlehem, Arthur Syriac of Woodstock, Bryan Roush and his wife Jacqui of Ashford, and John Roush and his wife Susan of Brooklyn; two daughters Lori Dvorak of Amston and Sarah Syriac of N. Grosvenordale; seven grandchildren Lorna, Nicholas, Mikayla, Jared, Laura, Lydia, and Corey, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by four brothers Arthur Syriac, George Syriac, Leonel Syriac, and Cyrille Syriac and a sister Elizabeth Gauthier.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Funeral Service on Saturday January 21, 2017 at 1:00PM in Congregational Church of Eastford, 8 Church Rd., Eastford, CT. Memorial donations in Ronald’s memory may be made to the Hospice of NECT, P.O. Box 632, Putnam, CT 06260. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.