This is very sad news. I met Ron on numerous occasions and he delighted in explaining the aurora, discussing solar observing and monitoring variable stars, mentioning his well-travelled career as a civil engineer – and his distrust of computers! 🙂
He felt that an engineer should be able to solve problems by working from first principles and their professional training, rather than relying on the integrity of a computer program. This philosophy meant that he didn’t use e-mail, but it was nice to receive letters from him.
Ron was a regular contributor to the Solar Section for many years. Even when his health was failing, Ron managed to take a small telescope outside into a nearby park to record his daily sunspot counts. His lack of mobility in his final months prevented him doing this, much to his annoyance! We corresponded regularly especially when he was not to so mobile.
Ron was awarded the BAA Lydia Brown Award in 1995 and the Walter Goodacre Award in 2012.