Gone home: Ronnie Caldwell

2nd March 2016

Gone Home: Ronald Lynton Caldwell 1922-2016

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Ronnie Caldwell

Ronnie Caldwell, Honorary vice-President of Clyde Scouts and former Area Commissioner of Greater Glasgow Scout Council, passed away on 18 February at the age of 94 years.

Ronnie was a Scout in the 1st Glasgow Group and a cast member of the Glasgow Gang Show. After a distinguished Army career during the Second World War Ronnie returned to Glasgow to work as an accountant for Malcolm Campbell. He remained with company during his working life, reaching the position of Finance Director.

Ronnie returned to Scouting as an inspirational Scout Leader of the 1st Glasgow A Troop before being appointed as Area Commissioner in 1973 at a time of considerable change to Scouting in the UK. Ronnie managed that change in Glasgow Scouting with flair and good humour. With his wife, Diana, Ronnie introduced Beavers into Glasgow, ahead of their national acceptance. He was also responsible for introducing Young Leaders and for the Area Commissioners Emblem (ACE Award) to encourage development in Scouting.

Following his retirement as Area Commissioner in 1980 Ronnie became a Vice President. He returned to Scouting at Group level as Treasurer of the 20th Glasgow (Milngavie).

Outside of work and Scouting Ronnie enjoyed a strong family life. He and Diana were married for  more than 55 years and together with their three children (Martin, Kenneth and Moira) they enjoyed active participation in a wide variety of sports and adventures and travelled extensively.

The importance of Scouting to Ronnie was emphasised at his funeral and the music on exiting was ‘These Are the Times.'

Author: Gary Bainbridge

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