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Ronald Robert Paglia, 66, of Volant was unexpectedly taken from us on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.
Words cannot describe what a devastating loss this is for Ron's family and friends, who loved him dearly and held him in high regard.
"Ronnie" loved all things, plant or animal, and was a very special individual indeed! He treated every animal and person with love, kindness, generosity, and was a truly selfless man. His positive outlook on life is to be envied by all.
Mr. Paglia enjoyed a variety of things and was an avid gardener.
Ron once owned several large antique stores in New Castle and found joy in the search for items of value at flea markets, garage sales and estate sales.
He also immensely looked forward to hunting season, where he would head up to his camp in Tionesta, Pennsylvania, with his family. Many great times there will never be forgotten.
Unlike most people, Ronnie was "living the dream." He had a breathtakingly beautiful property on the Neshannock Creek in Volant. The creek was stocked with fish every spring and on the opening day of trout season, his friends and family gathered for a huge egg hunt that he was very proud of. Ron managed a rental cabin and the "Creekside" bait shop on his land as well.
The tattoo of a bird in flight on his left are signified his free spirit and passion for nature.
He was also a veteran of the Navy.
Ron was the most outstanding and devoted father that any child could ask for. Boating, tubing, hunting, fishing, camping and feeding the homeless were just a few activities that he did with his kids. Ronnie was a rock of loving support for them and his genuine thoughtfulness exceeded all expectation. Ron's heart overflowed with love and pride for his children and the feelings are mutual. He will be truly irreplaceable.
Ron was preceded in death by his father, Robert Paglia.
He is survived by his mother, Carol Paglia; daughter, Rena McQuaig; son, Ryan Paglia; sister, Linda Dougherty; brother, Robert Paglia Jr.; and four grandchildren.
At Ron's request, there was a private interment at Graceland Cemetery, New Castle.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Smith Funeral Home, 310 W. Neshannock Ave., New Wilmington.
Published on January 9, 2018
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