We note with sadness the passing of member Ron Wardlaw on 12th October 2000 after an extended battle with cancer. Ron spent his youth in centres as far apart as Moree and Gympie. His first employment was as a grocers delivery boy and later he joined Rocla Pipes. He enlisted in 1942 as an instrument fitter in the RAAF and served in the N.T. with 31 Sqdn on Kittyhawks, Bostons and Beaufighters. After the war he joined NCR as a cash register technician. He and Elaine married in 1950 and raised a family of five. Apart from work, Ron served in the Maryborough and Shorncliffe areas as a church officer and scout leader. Following an episode of cancer 20 years ago he was active in fundraising for the Cancer Fund and other charities. Since retirement to Caloundra he has acted as a wildlife ranger, and helped with Elaine’s music activities, as well as playing the spoons himself. He joined the museum shortly after we moved to Caloundra and was active in opening the door on extra days and in providing hospitality. A member of the Boston-Beaufighter Association, he was instrumental in dedicating the plaque at the front of the building. His funeral overflowed the chapel on Monday 16 October 2000.
1923 - 2000