Ron Mutton, 81, of North Providence, passed away on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center. He will, however, continue to live in the hearts and minds of so many, from his family and friends and even to those with whom he had brief meaningful encounters.
He was the beloved husband of Norma Orzel, with whom he spent the last 43 years. Born in Buffalo, NY, he was the son of Alfred and Lena Cline Mutton. Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Scott Mutton and his wife Lisa and Steven Mutton and his wife Alison and four grandchildren, Andrew and Matthew Mutton and Sydney and Samantha Mutton. He was the brother of the late Richard Mutton.
Ron had a magnetic personality, an open mind and an intelligent witty sense of humor. He loved making people laugh and even those more stern would crack a smile. He will probably be remembered most for his sense of humor. As a kid growing up in Buffalo, NY, he loved playing basketball and in high school, he played on the basketball team, holding a record for a very long time for the most points scored in a game. Ron's youngest grandson, Matthew, is following in Ron's footsteps, excelling at basketball in high school. Ron so enjoyed watching Matt play in the basketball tournaments.
Ron's greatest passion was his love for acting and at the early age of five, he knew he wanted to perform. After high school, he went to NY and tried to build a career in acting. He ended up in a career in sales, using his gift to perform in another manner.
When Ron retired, he was able to pursue his acting passion and get back on the stage, performing in various community theaters, particularly enjoying his run of plays at Barker Playhouse on Benefit Street in Providence. He was so fortunate to perform in many plays and even enjoyed doing some local commercials. One of his favorite roles was the challenge of playing Arthur Kirk in "Nuts." He always felt he really "nailed" that part. His second favorite role was in the "The Laramie Project" where he played multiple characters. He certainly didn't shy away for difficult issues. On a lighter note, one of his favorite commercials was lounging in a recliner for Cardi's furniture. His oldest granddaughter, Sydney, has inherited his love for performing and Ron appreciated that his passion would continue in his family.
As a young adult, he took up golf and he got to play at courses ranging from Pebble Beach to those at the local parks. One of the things he loved about golf was that each course presented a different challenge and had its own unique beauty. In retirement, he got to play four times a week and probably would have played more if not for a bad back. He especially loved to compete in tournaments, one of his favorites being father and son tournaments which he got to enjoy with both his sons.
RON'S FUNERAL AND BURIAL WILL BE PRIVATE. It is the family's hope that all who knew and loved him will find their own ways to remember and celebrate his life.
Donations in Ron's memory may be made to The Players at Barker Playhouse, 400 Benefit St., Providence, RI 02903.
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