Ron was born in 1931 in Yorkshire. He grew up during WW2 and left school at 14 for an apprenticeship as an electrician in a steel works. At 15 he joined the ATC in his spare time, and eventually his National Service was completed in the RAF where he was trained as an Engine Mechanic, with postings to Kirkham and Dishforth. During this time Ron managed to gain piloting experience. He was demobbed in 1954 and returned to work as an electrician in the steel industry.
In 1963 he, with his wife and two children, responded to a newspaper advert for migration to Australia, and landed in Adelaide in December to be accommodated in a migrant hostel. After a period as an electrician in Adelaide he trained as a Civil Engineering Inspector for the Snowy Mountains Scheme. The family relocated to Khancoban and he worked on the Murray1, Murray2, and T3 projects. In company with others Ron acquired a couple of gliders and participated in their flying.
At the close of the scheme Ron was offered a position as an Admin Officer with the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation and served for years in Bangladesh, Thailand, Borneo, Java, Burma, and Malaysia.
In 1984 they moved to Queensland and Ron immediately joined the Queensland Air Museum (QAM) which was in the process of moving to Caloundra. He was the second local member to join. He was appointed Assistant Treasurer, responsible for the Caloundra aviation museum operations, and held this position for some 20 years until his wife’s health necessitated his stepping down.
Ron was one of the highly respected, long serving members of the semi open air museum, passing away in October 2016