Ronald Gene Gronback, Sr. of Wethersfield, Connecticut passed away peacefully in Grantsboro, North Carolina on February 5, 2014 at the age of 86. Born August 19, 1927, he grew up in Newington, CT, attending Newington High School and E.C. Goodwin Regional Technical School. He joined the Navy at an early age and served in the 5th Pacific Fleet from 1947 to 1949, working as a PT Boat Mechanic as well as the 705 Motor Mechanic 3rd Class Pacific on the USS Compton. Following the Navy, he attended Hillyer College and then began his long career in sales, engineering and various manufacturing companies. He worked in Connecticut at Caval Tool and Machine (now known as EDAC Inc.) while running the Dock and Dine Restaurant in Old Saybrook as a part owner in its founding years. Later he worked at Pye and Hogan Machine Co. (today it is known as AeroCision) He also founded North Haven Industries. He moved to Canada in the 1970's to run Campbell Machinery in Kitchener, Ontario. Upon returning to Connecticut he worked as Sales Manager at both Beacon Industries and Ramar-Hall, Inc. In 1989, at the request of several executives of Hamilton Standard, he began his own aerospace manufacturing company, PDQ Inc., which is currently situated in Rocky Hill, CT. PDQ,Inc. continues to work with aerospace companies and customers globally. In addition, Ron was an active part of the Hartford community. He served as Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 355 in Newington and as a firefighter
for the 2nd Company of the Newington Fire Department. He served as President of the Wethersfield Community Players and performed in their productions. He was a member of the Les Amis d'Escoffier Society of Connecticut. In addition to being a member of the Board of Deacons for the First Church of Christ in Wethersfield, Ron served the church members for over 10 years as a chef on Wednesday nights. He also volunteered time at St. Elizabeth House and Noah's Sidewalk Sunday School at Charter Oak Terrace. Ron refused to slow down in retirement and toured the US and Canada with his wife and family in his recreational vehicle. Ron is pre-deceased by his parents Harry and Emma (Bigge) Gronback of Newington, his three brothers, Harry Leonard, Richard, and Linus, and his sister, Millicent Amberger. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Patricia A.(MacCaul) Gronback, his brother George Gronback of Smyrna, Georgia, his two sons Ronald Gronback, Jr. and Jeffrey Gronback, and his grandsons Sebastian and Jordan Gronback. He will be missed by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends scattered all across the United States and Canada. His family will receive relatives and friends at Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Avenue, Newington, CT on Sunday, February 23rd from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The funeral will be held on Monday, February 24th at 10:00 a.m. at the First Church of Christ in Old Wethersfield, CT at 250 Main Street with internment following in the Wethersfield Village Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in Ron's name to the First Church of Christ in Wethersfield at 250 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT 06109.