On Remembrance Day we remember those who served and sacrificed in all wars and conflicts with one minute of silence. As a living war memorial hospital, St Andrew's remembers one of our own, Ron Andersen, who not only spent 35 years in the Australian Defence Force (ADF), including in Papua New Guinea during World War II, but was a beloved Auxiliary member, having volunteered with us for more than 30 years until he was 95!
Ron and his wife Mavis, were passionate lifelong St Andrew's supporters, having both attended the laying of the foundation stone at Herston, back in May 1949, following Mavis' fundraising efforts with our original Auxiliary. He's pictured here at a St Andrew's ANZAC Day service a few years ago. Ron sadly passed away in October this year.
When he retired, Ron continued to serve faithfully and enthusiastically as an integral member of the St Andrew’s Auxiliary. He was a beloved member of St Andrew's for well over 30 years, until the age of 95. Ron would catch two or more buses to travel to St Andrew’s and enjoyed selling sweets and magazines to patients to fundraise while he was still mobile. As he grew older, he could be found in the Auxiliary shop, contributing to fundraising meetings and participating in other St Andrew's events.
An accomplished accountant, as well as solider, Ron was well known for loving a good joke, word puns and his favourite farewell ‘See you later on!’
Ron sadly passed on in October this year. Today and every day, we honour the memory and legacy of all those within the St Andrew's community who served our country.
Thank you Ron. #WeRememberThem.
Pictured: Ron at a St Andrew's ANZAC Day service a few years ago.