Ronald DiStasio

Ronald J. DiStasio

Wednesday December 1, 1943 - Friday November 29, 2019
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Ronald J. DiStasio 'Ronnie James' age 75, of Oak Valley passed away Friday, November 29, 2019. Ronald was born in Philadelphia and lived in Oak Valley. Ronnie James was an amazing musician, song writer and producer. He was the guitar player for Louie Prima in the 70s, a studio musician who played on numerous hits in the 70s and 80s, a member of 'The Salsoul Orchestra', writer of the hit song 'Run Away', founder of 'The Jez Hot Swing Club' and much more.
Ronald is survived by his wife Lanora; 3 children, Ronald J. DiStasio Jr. (Helen), Rachelle Niroda (Michael) and Christopher DiStasio (Kim); 8 grandchildren, Nicholaus, Michael, Matthew, Tina, Amanda, Joseph, Nicholas, and Gianna; many great grandchildren, and sister, Denise Keown (Thomas).
Family and Friends are invited to visit from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Friday, December 6th at Smith Funeral Home 47 Main Street Mantua, NJ 08051. A Memorial Service will be held at 6:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to . Musicians Foundation is dedicated to assisting musicians, and their families, in times of emergency, crisis, or transition.
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  • Visitation

    Friday December 6, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Friday December 6, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Smith Funeral Home
    47 Main Street
    Mantua, NJ 08051
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Memorial Service

    Friday December 6, 2019 | 6:00pm
    Friday December 6, 2019 6:00pm
    Smith Funeral Home
    47 Main Street
    Mantua, NJ 08051
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Paul Melson


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Elnora Webb

Posted at 07:42am
“God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes
and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.
The former things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:3,4)

Barbara Levin

Posted at 10:16am
Dearest Rachelle and family,
May the wonderful memories of your father and grandfather you hold dear to your hearts, bring you peace at this most difficult time. Love, Barbara XO

Diane Cavallo

Posted at 07:36pm
Rachelle and Ronnie I am so sorry. I have no words to take the pain away. I have all of you in my thoughts and prayers. I pray you find the strength you need to get through this difficult time. I love you guys and am here for you🙏❤️🙏❤️

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