Ron Goldstein 1923 - 2021

Discussion in 'Veteran Accounts' started by bexley84, May 30, 2021.

  1. JDKR

    JDKR Member

    What sad news. At the going down of the sun...

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  2. CornwallPhil

    CornwallPhil Senior Member

    When I first joined the forum and posted some enquiries Ron would always respond with encouragement and suggestions making a newcomer feel welcome and at home. A true gentlemen. Sadness for his family but by all accounts a life well lived. Praying for all who mourn.
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  3. Old Git

    Old Git Harmless Curmudgeon

    Aw no, this is heartbreaking news. I loved Ron he was such a generous soul and a great contributor to this and many other Social Media forums. He had even joined up to the old OneSixth-UK modelling forum to discuss Pixie suits with the members. He found the place, saw the discussions and popped in and told everybody about how marvellous a piece a kit it was and how he wore it through that harsh winter of 44/45. He was a true and noble gentleman at all times, no matter who he was dealing with. A distinct honour to have known him, albeit on-line, and an inspiration to all. He will most certainly be missed. A dear, kind and generous man to the end, and when one realises what he endured in life that, in itself, is some achievement and a testament to who he was in his heart and in his soul.
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  4. Richard Lewis

    Richard Lewis Member

    A great loss to this forum, his family and friends. For someone of his generation to have mastered the latest technology was unusual, but by this means he was able to share his interesting experiences with us.
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    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  6. Wobbler

    Wobbler Patron Patron

    Oh no, no, no. I said to my wife only yesterday that I was worried as he’d not been here since early April which was so unusual for him.

    I’m going to miss his anecdotes, wit and charm, what a lovely man and an absolute hero and legend and what a wonderful legacy he has left to us all to enjoy for years to come.

    My sincere and most heartfelt condolences to his family.

    Farewell Ron, God bless, sleep well :poppy: :poppy:
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  7. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    I am so sorry to hear this very sad news.
    A gentleman, who happily shared his knowledge and experience with us all.
    My condolences to all of his family and friends.

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  8. Gary Kennedy

    Gary Kennedy Member

    My condolences also, sad news and another link to the era lost, but kept alive in part by his accounts and his engagement with this forum.

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  9. Quarterfinal

    Quarterfinal Well-Known Member

    His reminiscences form such an amazing legacy for his fortunate family and the public.

    Last week, a friend in our recently remustered art group asked for some assistance in tracing more of her father’s wartime service. He passed in 2016 aged 97, the same age Ron reached. She has paperwork indicating he earned the 39-45 Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal and Victory Medal, plus one photo in uniform and an untranslated letter in Italian. She knows he “fixed vehicles and things” and occasionally mentioned Cassino. He never really spoke and she didn’t ask.

    We’ve made a start. I wonder if, as anticipated slow progress (Service Record etc .....) is made, her father’s past ever touched with that I’ve read about Ron’s?

    Theirs truly was a quite extraordinary generation. Condolences.

    But we can still hope that the circle will be squared someday on finding his parrot smuggler:
    BBC - WW2 People's War - Keeping Pets in the Forces
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  10. mcan

    mcan Active Member

    Very saddened to hear this, Ron's contributions are immeasurable. My condolences to all.

    RIP Ron, you are missed. :poppy:
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  11. smdarby

    smdarby Well-Known Member

    I always enjoyed reading his posts and he never failed to be polite and considerate. He's left a lasting legacy here and will be sorely missed.
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  12. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

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  13. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I am sorry to hear that. Take care, Ron.
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  14. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic

    NO.....devastated by this sad news. An amazing person in every sense of the word. A 'gentlemans gentleman'. Although I never met him face to face - that was supposed to happen last year but this awful pandemic precluded it - I will treasure the off Forum 'Conversations' we had for ever. RIP Ron and sincere condolences to the family.
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  15. Giberville

    Giberville Junior Member

    Ron helped me generously with my research into his unit - the 49th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA - he was one of the few left to tell the tale. Sadly, a face to face meeting never quite happened. Ron was something of a pioneer in Internet use for his generation and we are all so glad that this was the case. Starting on the People's War site and then on this excellent forum, he was able to share his experiences with a wider audience.
    It feels like the end of an era...RIP Ron...we all salute you.
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  16. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria.

    So sad to read of the passing of Ron, my condolences to his family and friends on this sad news :poppy:

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  17. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Deepest condolences to all a very sad day -Kyle.
    I updated the Forum Roll of Honour today unfortunately with so many sad passings I have had to alter the graphic in post 10

    Forum Roll of Honour

    Message receieved:-

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  18. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    I've been out of pocket for the past week or so and signed on the forum. I immediately saw this dreadful news of a man I held in the highest of regards, though I never met him face to face.

    Always friendly and willing to talk this septic, he provided interesting conversation and exciting first hand accounts of the war.

    Even-handed is good description of him and even the few times we disagreed, there was never even the smallest measure of rancor in the statement of his position.

    Over the years, there were many veterans here I truly wanted to meet, and he was always at the top of the list.

    A man of honor. This forum was all the better for him being here.

    ברוך אתה ה', אלהינו מלך העולם, דיין האמת
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  19. kopite

    kopite Member

    Heartbreaking news. Ron was a great contributor to this forum over many years and his loss will be felt by us all.

    Ron was an early riser, usually up at 4 am each morning, and due to the time difference between the UK and the West Coast of the US, I was often logged on at the same time as him. We got to chatting online quite a few years ago and eventually he asked me for my phone number and called me on FaceTime. We had a wonderful video chat and he also generously invited me to his home whenever I was back in the UK.

    Unfortunately, we never met face to face but I cherish the time we got to chat together and I will miss his posts and his kindness.

    For anyone that hasn’t read the history of the Goldstein family, his nephew Michael Goldstein’s book “Shalom Jack” is a great read.

    My sincere condolences to all his family and friends.

    R.I.P. Ron.
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  20. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    We are fortunate to have had Ron as a member of the forum, his insights and contributions always reflected his knowledge and experiences.
    A guiding light to many members helping them in their research and quests.

    Condolences to Ron's family and friends
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