Sharon &

Grandad Ron….

by on Aug.18, 2009, under In Memory of...

11-11- 1924     to    5-08-2009   Ronald Frederick George Glading – Ron

 last week we lost Grandad Ron…..who’s brave heart just stopped beating .

Telling the girls someone had passed away was something I had not thought about…but having lost a cat earlier this year it was easier for Alethea to understand that Grandad had actually gone to play with the cat in “Heaven” ……not one of the nicest things a parent can do….but I am always open with my children and believe if children have questions then answers should be given and that honesty is always the best policy.

I asked the girl’s if they would to write their nanny a card….both set about writing a card and making a picture….

Alethea’s said the following….

to nanny i am sorrie i hop granddad wil be alrite in heavan……

They both wrote cards for Grandad to “take” with him…

Alethea's picture to Grandad

Alethea's picture to Grandad

Athena's Poem for Grandad

Athena's Poem for Grandad


what more can you add to that?……

Ron was a very old fashioned man, a true gentleman. A door would be opened, he would not sit until all the ladies present sat, he and I had spent many hours discussing the years he spent fighting in the war, he talked about watching his friends blown up in-front of him, about certain countries where the people he was fighting for would scavenge through the pockets of the dead soldiers….his time spent in hospital because he had wounds so bad in his legs you could see from one side through the flesh to the other!!!……but he never wanted or expected pity or sympathy-it was his duty (in actual fact he lied about his age and joined up to fight before he was legally entitled to!!!).  Ron was a true gentleman who worshipped his lady…….I was convinced had there been a puddle he would have laid down his coat for Marilyn to walk over. They spent, I am sure a wonderful 15 years together and I was privileged to have known him for 13 of those…..Ron’s old fashioned view on life often ran parallel to mine…..although we differed on a few issues we never once fell out….we discussed, listened and more than often agreed.


but above all he was a “Granddad” …..When Athena was born… this day I can still see the pride on the grandparents faces as they raced down the maternity ward on that first visit……and although technically Ron was a “step-Granddad” he was and always will be “granddad”

Today we said our final “goodbye” to Ron….and I am sure wherever he is….he was very proud of both his partner Marilyn and the girls. The girls were very brave and both whispered “goodbye” when the curtain closed around Ron and it was with tears streaming as the Royal British Legion (also friends of Ron) lowered the “Standard” and played “the last post” a fitting tribute to a very brave gentleman, partner and grandad.

I will close this tribute to Ron with the poem that Marilyn bravely read out today……


He is Gone



You can shed a tear that he is gone
or you can smile because he has lived
You can close your eyes and pray he’ll come back
or you can open your eyes and see all he’s left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him
or you can be full of the love you shared

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live for yesterday
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember and only that he’s gone
or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
or you can do what he’d want: smile, open your eyes love and go on.







Goodnight Ron – Grandad  xxxx






2 Comments for this entry

  • marjorie

    I am crying, well done Sharon and goodbye to Ron

    #quote EmilyDickinson

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