It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family of Minister Ronald Smith. Sadly, Ron passed suddenly on Friday September 5, 2008. As a well known and well respected father, Father’s Rights Activist, and author, Ron will be deeply missed by many.
Not long after I became active in the father’s rights movement, I contacted Ron for his wisdom and advice.
Not having properly anticipated the magnitude of the hardships associated with being a father’s rights activist, I called Ron on numerous occasions for his insight and support. Knowing Ron’s background as well as all that he had been through, his laudable accomplishments, and who he had become, and considering what he endured during his own trials, I have a tremendous amount of respect for him.
I remember apologizing to him for not being able to make the drive to Michigan last January to attend his Fatherhood Summit. “That’s okay Tony, there’s always next year” he said. I told Ron that I’d be bringing my copy of “Cheated” for him to autograph. I read his book from cover-to-cover, and couldn’t put it down.
On one particular morning in the fall of 2007, we spoke until almost 3:00 am one morning. I was captivated as Ron instructed and encouraged me. I remember asking “how do you do it Ron?” At the time we were discussing adversity and trudging forward despite what lied ahead. “Call me anytime Tony”, Ron said as we had hung up the phone. I was honored that he had given me his direct line and instructed me to “call any time.”
Ron was a father. Not only to his own children, whom he loved dearly, but to many of us other activists who are without his tenure, charisma and leadership abilities. No matter how busy he was, he would always give of himself and make time for others.
On behalf of myself, Ohio Council for Fathers Rights, and our membership, I sincerely thank you Ron. For all you had become, for all you represented, and for all you have done on behalf of children. You will be dearly missed, ad I look forward to seeing you at the finish line.
“Amen Brother, PREACH!”
Ohio Council for Fathers Rights