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Ronal (Ronnie) Porter Hartwell
  • January 16, 1940
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  • May 11, 2021

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Ronal (Ronnie) Porter Hartwell

January 16, 1940 ~ May 11, 2021

Ronal (Ronnie) Hartwell, passed peacefully in his sleep at his home early Tuesday morning after a lengthy journey with multiple health issues.

Ronal Hartwell was known to all as Ronnie during his adult life although Butchie was the name he responded to during his childhood. Ronnie was raised on Lake Shirley in Massachusetts. On this lake his love of water and boats was born and would remain a life-long passion. His hometown was Lunenburg, Massachusetts, just 4 miles from Lake Shirley.

In addition to boats, Ronnie’s passion extended to cars. Those who knew him well will not be surprised to learn that he was self employed for most of his working years. He owned and ran the Turn-4 garage, specializing in foreign car repairs.  Later he and his wife Sammie owned Tri City Marine which provided service and sales for all things marine! Ronnie loved a challenge and his independence and strong work ethic, plus the charm of a natural storyteller, made him a successful business owner.

Recently Ronnie restored a 1946 Chris-Craft boat which he rebuilt from a pile of wood pieces but that was only after he built a custom 1932 Hot Rod that was featured in Hot Rod Magazine and Hemmings Magazine.  That car will forever bear his name.

Sammie and Ronnie began dating in 1974 and married in 1982. They were married for 38 years and 361 days, but as Sammie says, “Who’s counting?” Together they had found their soul mate and best friend, encouraging, and laughing, each step of a long and loving partnership.

In addition to his wife Sammie, Ronnie leaves four children and their partners, Keith and Angie Hartwell, Karen Hartwell and Dick Cote, Karey Hartwell, and Kim (Hartwell) and Peter Rizzo, as well as beloved grandchildren, one great granddaughter and a much anticipated second great granddaughter due this August.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the New Smyrna Beach United Church of Christ, 203 Washington Street, New Smyrna Beach 32168.

A celebration of Ronnie’s life will be held at his home 2420 Taylor Rd, New Smyrna Beach 32168 at 2pm on Saturday, May 15, 2021.


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  1. 18 May 2021
    Denise Fernald says:
    This is sad news. I'm sorry Sammie and family. I always knew Ronnie as the other half of Sammie & Ronnie. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. 15 May 2021
    Linda Singleton says:
    Rest In Peace Ronnie! A truly remarkable man that lived a remarkable life. We’ll all miss you.

  3. 15 May 2021
    Kathy Merriman says:
    We are neighbors of Ronnie and Sammie. We enjoyed each other's company in the gatherings we shared. They are both such down to earth fun loving people. Sammie and Karey, Ronnie will be with you everyday with his smiling face as you keep him close to your hearts
    Alan McGarvey and Kathy Merriman

  4. 15 May 2021
    Toni & Barbara says:
    Ron was full of life , fun to be around and a great guy. He will be missed and remembered with fondness. RIP, Ron... we love you.

  5. 15 May 2021
    Kathy Merriman says:
    We have known Ronnie and Sammy for years as neighbors and have shared a few gatherings together. Our hearts are heavy and know the family carries a lot of sadness too. But Ron will live on in our memories

  6. 14 May 2021
    Justine DeFazio-Morgan says:
    so sorry for your loss. My condolences to the family.

  7. 14 May 2021
    Susan Tapply Ingraham says:
    Sammy, Keith, Karen, Karey and Kim,

    My deepest sympathy for all of you on loosing Uncle Ron. May all your happy and loving memories give you strength and warm your hearts.

  8. 14 May 2021
    Doreen Massin posted an image:
    Sammie & Ron
    Sammie & Ron

  9. 14 May 2021
    Sabrina, Brian, Laura A, Laura C. says:
    Kim and Family,
    So so sorry for loss. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Sending healing prayers for you and your family in this difficult time as you celebrate your fathers life and find peace in the wonderful memories you shared together.

    Sabrina, Brian, Laura A, Laura C.

  10. 14 May 2021
    Jackie Ramondelli says:
    Dear Sammie and family, I am so sorry to hear this news. I know the past few years have been difficult but now he’s at rest. I’m sure my Sam and Ronnie will be chatting it up in heaven. Sending hugs and love
    Jackie Ramondelli

  11. 14 May 2021
    Steven Popp Sr. says:
    Love you uncle, you were truly a one off. I will miss your smile, blue eyes and gruff voice calling me Stevie. In our life, you have provided me with positive support, knowledge and as always a superb classic automobile mentor. You will be missed by many and all who truly knew Butch, Ron, Dad, Uncle, Grandpa and Great Grandpa Hartwell. Fair winds and following seas. Love you always and forever, Stevie...!!!

  12. 14 May 2021
    Debra McMahon-Cote says:
    Rest In Peace cousin Ron ... always had a good time while in your company ... many fond memories.

  13. 14 May 2021
    Ronnie S says:
    You’ll be missed old man!
    Love ya,
    Sprocket

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