1944 – 2020
Bradenton, FL – Ronald “Ron” A. Hemingway, 75, of Danube Circle formerly of Sturbridge, MA, and Dayville, died April 19, 2020, at home. He was the loving husband of Elizabeth (Tokarz) Hemingway. Born in Putnam, he was the son of the late Armand and Palma (Billings) Hemingway. He joined the United States Marines right after high school and served for six years, including two tours in Vietnam.
Mr. Hemingway worked in many sales positions over the years, the last being with McCord Corporation in 1970. He then owned and operated a liquor store, Ron’s Spirit Shoppe, in Putnam, CT for twenty-eight years until his retirement. Ron married Elizabeth Tokarz in 1971, and the couple resided in Dayville, CT until 2015, when they purchased residences in Sturbridge, MA and Bradenton, FL.
He was a member, first of the Putnam, and later, the Danielson CT Lions Club. He was elected District 23C Governor for Lions year 1996-1997 and served the state as MD23 Council Chairperson the following year. As a resident of Chateau Village in Bradenton, FL, Ron served the association both as Treasurer, at the time of his death, and as President from 2015-2018. He enjoyed traveling, especially cruising, playing cards, hosting dinner parties, shopping, exploring restaurants around the city of Bradenton, listening to country music, and watching mystery movies and his favorite TV shows (NCIS, Seal Team).
Ron leaves behind his wife of forty-eight years, Betty, four brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-laws, Dennis and Sharon Tokarz and Joseph and Denise Tokarz of Dudley, MA, Robert Tokarz of Webster, MA, and Steven Tokarz of Putnam, CT, and several nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Ron’s family from 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. with a Lions Club Memorial Service at 10:00a.m. on Friday, June 25, 2021, in the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in St. James Church, 12 Franklin St., Danielson, CT 06239. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Dayville. Memorial donations in Ron’s memory may be made to the Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation “CLERF” P.O. Box 848, Watertown, CT 06795. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.