GEORGIA — Ronnie J. Sweet of Georgia, completed his life journey on Thursday morning, Nov. 7, 2013 at the young age of 65, after an illness. A devoted husband, father, brother, and friend, Ronnie leaves behind a loving wife, Carol A. Sweet of nearly 43 years, and a son, Ronnie J. Sweet II. The youngest of nine children, Ronnie was born March 31, 1948 in St. Albans, Vermont, the son of Robert and Henrietta (Therrien) Sweet of Fairfield.
Ronnie graduated from Randolph Technical College (VTC) and The University Of Vermont, with degrees in agriculture. He served in the Vermont Air National Guard, before turning his attention back to his roots of farming. Ronnie was a proud and hard-working dairy farmer who loved his farm second only to the love for his family and was the most loyal and devoted man you could ever meet. This was typified right to the end, when he recently woke up in the middle of the night and exclaimed—“Help me get ready…I have to do the chores!”
He was a quiet and soft spoken, but brilliant man who successfully built his dairy operation, Bedrock Farm (literally) from the ground up for more than 35 years. He was a hero and mentor to his son, Ronnie II, who will do his best to continue his father’s legacy. His loving wife Carol stood by his side until he was called home (apparently there are chores to do, even in Heaven).
Ronnie fought his disease with dignity and bravery, and he would never complain or make excuses, working tirelessly until the very end. He was always quick to lend a hand and a smile to his friends and family, never expecting anything in return. He never made an enemy, as he was universally adored and admired by any who were lucky enough to meet and to know him. Ronnie had a wonderful sense of humor, and his laugh and smile will be greatly missed. Ronnie especially loved his wife’s homemade macaroni and cheese and his son’s chocolate milkshakes.
As a husband, father, and brother, Ronnie is and always will be an irreplaceable part of his family’s lives. It took this juggernaut of a disease to bring down his body. But his spirit and memory will live on forever inside his wife, son, and everyone else whose lives he touched. Although his family is devastated immeasurably by the loss of this wonderful and amazing man, they find some comfort in knowing that his suffering is over and he is in a better place looking down on each of them.
The family will hold a private memorial mass at St. John Vianney Parish on 160 Hinesburg Road in South Burlington, where Ronnie and Carol were married on February 27th, 1971. The mass will be conducted by Pastor Rev. Patrick Forman and held on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 11:00am. Online condolences can be made at www.gregorycremation.com.