Ronald Lee Sokoloski Sr., 62, previously of Branford and East Haven, CT departed this life on August 1, 2022 at Newtown Rehabilitation & Health Care Center.
Ron was born in Simsbury, CT on April 20, 1960 to the late George Sokoloski Sr. and Lorianne Stanhope. He was one of nine children (Nancy, George Jr., Ralph, John, Sandra, Nickolas, Gail, and Lori) and had a very unfortunate upbringing which caused him to self-medicate in his adult life and turn to alcohol to cope with his trauma. Even though he had a troubled life with little peace, there were many silver linings. As a child, he was fortunate to have the Gresh's as his foster family in the Hartford area. He also met Tracy Tucker in the early 1980s whom he married. She stood by his side through many years of his addiction and they were blessed with 4 children.
Ron was a hard-working welder for the majority of his life, even operating his own welding business at one point. He was also very creative. In his younger days, you could find him in his workshop creating something for those he cared about. He was always happy to use his craftsmanship skills to fix and build pretty much anything. He had a love for being by the water. The ocean brought him peace and he enjoyed going fishing and crabbing. Throughout his adult life and especially in his final days, he had a very close bond and special friendship with his brother-in-law Terry Tucker. As Ron's dementia progressed over the last couple of years, his daughter Vicki Sokoloski took on all of the responsibility for his care without hesitation and was always by his side.
Ron is survived by his 4 children: Vicki Sokoloski (Erick) of Branford, Mary Migiano (Matt) of Guilford, Sean Sokoloski (Amanda) of Guilford, and Ronald Sokoloski Jr. of Branford (Laura). He also leaves behind 8 Grandchildren.
A private ceremony will be held for the scattering of his ashes as he wished. In lieu of flowers, we request that memorial contributions be made in Ron's name to the Foundation For Alcoholism Research (alcoholismresearch.org or FAR PO Box 31135, Chicago, IL 60631).