On October 17, at the age of 88, LCol (Ret'd) Ron Gladstone passed away at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
Ron began his work life as a member of the Royal Air Force where he served in Malaya. Afterwards, he started off his long career in policing with the London Metropolitan Police from which he retired as a Detective Constable in the New Scotland Yard. In 1955, Ron left the United Kingdom to join the Royal Canadian Air Force Military Police where he served for 28 years retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Afterwards, Ron served as the Deputy Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod for the Canadian Senate.
In his personal life, Ron was an avid storyteller with a quick-wit and an unbeatable memory. You could often find him volunteering to help where needed, reciting old poems, or sneaking copious amounts of human food to his beloved pets.
Ron is survived by his wife, Esther, children, Keith and Janet, grand-children, Ben and Amber, Doug and Jamie, Trista, Stephanie and Ryan, and Nicole, great-grand-children, Della and Finley, and sister, Audrey.
Ron was an active member of the Air Force Association of Canada, the United Services Institute, and the Freemasonry. Ron lived a full life and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made in his memory to: The Nanaimo & District Branch of the BC SPCA, 154 Westwood Road, Nanaimo, B.C., V9R 0G9,www.spca.bc.ca.