December 29, 2016 at 8:04 pm #13293
Mary has been in touch with Margaret Smith, wife of our treasured long term member, Ron Smith. Mary sent me the following message.
‘I have spoken to Margaret this afternoon. She is very frail and has had a fall recently. The district nurses are treating her. Ron has been in Station House for 3 weeks. He is very frail and his condition varies day to day he needs 24 hour care now. Margaret said he was happy to stay in Station House. She visits when friends can take her.’
Let’s hope Ron and Margaret can make a speedy recovery.May 6, 2017 at 9:28 pm #14158
I’m currently visiting Ron Smith twice a week in Station House, just off Victoria Avenue. He kindly allowed me to take his photo to show his fellow members and friends how he looks now. Has you may know he’s totally blind and bed ridden so spends all this time in his room. He gets bad cramps in his legs for which he takes pain killers. However, his mind is still 100% and he can recall memories from when he was 4.
He’s full of interesting stories of his long eventful life, he’s 97 now, and can still tell a good joke. If you want some help on anything photographically Ron will give you some advice. His wife Margaret is 94 and also has leg and eye problems so she’s no longer able to care for Ron. She lives at their home and visits him when friends can take her.
He would still welcome some members to visit him if possible to help him pass the time. You can go anytime, but you want to check their phone number is 0300 130 3030 website is
Thanks.May 7, 2017 at 1:17 pm #14165
Very commendable of you Peter to visit Ron. Terrible affliction blindness. Does Ron have the newspapers for the blind?? He looks so well cared for thankfully. Well done you Peter.May 12, 2017 at 4:56 pm #14196
I’ve just returned from visiting Ron and he told me the sad news that his wife, Margaret, had a fall on Tuesday evening at their home and broke her elbow. She’s now recovering in ward 15 of Leighton Hospital. He’s now worried about what’s going to happen with her as she’s liable to have falls and he thinks she shouldn’t be living on her own. So that’s something else that needs resolving. It also means that she’s unable to visit him at least until she gets out.
I managed to get Ron’s special mobile phone working a while ago but the ear piece volume now has gone low although it’s set to full volume. He can only hear callers if he switches it to speaker, but struggles to find the button. I used the phone to contact his neighbour who happened to be visiting Margaret so Ron was able to speak to his wife. This cheered him up and told me one of his many jokes about 2 Australians in a boat on the Pacific. One found a bottle with a genie who gave them a wish. One of them wished to turn the ocean to larger which was promptly done. The other one angrily exclaimed “Where are we going to pee now!”
We talked about black and white printing in the old days and he recalled how Meg used to seek his advice on the subject. He said he remembered Meg well and asked me to say a hello to her for him.
If anyone would like to visit Ron he told me they can go anytime, morning, afternoon or evening.May 13, 2017 at 3:04 pm #14199
Sorry to hear about Margaret, on top of their troubles. It is so good of you to visit Ron, Peter.
It is good to hear that his memory is still good and he is keeping the store of jokes refreshed. I can certainly vouch for Ron’s abilities as a recounteur; I once took him to Focus on Imaging and he was full of stories every second of the way there and back – all fascinating stuff.May 18, 2017 at 8:59 am #14231
Just to let everyone know. Margaret has now moved into Station House with Ron.June 20, 2017 at 9:45 am #14371
It’s Ron’s 97th. birthday next Monday, 26th.June. If I remember correctly, the day after Ron and Margaret celebrate their 75th. wedding anniversary. That’s quite a something. He still would welcome some members to visit him.June 24, 2017 at 9:38 pm #14394
I’ve just had a call from Ron’s friend who has informed me that the staff at Station House are going to have a small celebration for Ron and Margeret’s 75th. Wedding anniversary on Tuesday at 2pm. Everyone is invited. Ron is 97 on Monday.June 27, 2017 at 7:56 pm #14416
I visited Ron this afternoon to celebrate his and Margaret’s 75th. wedding anniversary. Some of his neighbours and friends were there and the staff had bought the large inflatable numbers and a cake. Unfortunately, Ron isn’t too good now and slept through most of the afternoon. He was 97 yesterday and the frustration of being blind and bedridden is starting to depress him. He responds to conversation and it perks him up. If you would like to visit him at Station House you can go anytime.October 29, 2017 at 7:54 pm #15169
Ron has now moved from Station House in Victoria Avenue to be with his wife, Margaret at the Belong care home. The address is:
Brookhouse Drive, Crewe,
Cheshire CW2 6NA
T: 01270 561200 (Village Reception)
If anyone would like to visit him he is in Room 3 of their Britannia suite.
He is still very interested in what’s happening at our camera club and I keep him updated and regularly asks about members.October 30, 2017 at 9:14 am #15171
Thanks for the info Peter, its very kind of your to visit Ron as you do. Not to patronise you Peter at all- but an Officer and a Gentleman you so are–well done. Are CPS sending a nice flower display to them both–hope so-let me know for sub please.October 30, 2017 at 9:14 am #15172
Thanks for the info Peter, its very kind of your to visit Ron as you do. Not to patronise you Peter at all- but an Officer and a Gentleman you so are–well done. Are CPS sending a nice flower display to them both–hope so-let me know for sub please.October 30, 2017 at 3:57 pm #15175
Thanks Ken. I think the flowers are a good idea and would be a nice gesture. I’ll discuss it with other members and see if we can organise it.
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.