Ronald A. Smith of Newport Beach, CA passed away Friday, December 24, 2010 after a long illness. He was born in Fresno, CA on April 26, 1927. Ron attended Fresno State University, after which he joined the Navy. Upon discharge from the Navy he became involved in a number of businesses until he found his real passion in the late 50’s in the aviation industry. Ron was instrumental in introducing the farming community in Central California to the use of helicopters for agricultural purposes where he eventually founded Whirl-Wide Helicopters, a pioneer in airlift engineering. After many years in the aviation field, he became involved in real estate development until his retirement in 2006.
Ron’s favorite hobbies were growing award winning roses in addition to playing tennis and cooking for family and friends. His passion and perseverance in life was embodied in the following scripture verse: 2 Timothy 4:7 “I fought the good fight, I finished the course, I have kept the faith”.